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Learn a Lesson On Love With the History and Traditions of Valentine’s Day

Published on Feb 2, 2021

With Valentine’s Day approaching, some may wonder where this tradition originated. 

Pasadena Senior Center wants to help satisfy that curiosity by hosting a virtual event on Thursday, Feb. 4, to discuss the history and traditions of Valentine’s Day before it’s here. 

In this Cultural Thursday event, Eleanor Schrader, an award-winning educator, lecturer, and author, will guide attendees through the history of the first Valentine, discuss pagan celebrations of love, divulge the many meanings of flowers, and talk about the popularization of Valentine cards. You will also delight in the story of everyone’s favorite putto, Cupid. 

Schrader is also a historical design consultant and lectures worldwide on the history of furniture, decorative arts, architecture, and interiors. She also leads art and architecture tours throughout the world. 

A professor at Santa Monica College, Schrader has worked for a fine arts auction house, has served as a design review commissioner for the city of Beverly Hills, was named to Who’s Who Among American Teachers, and was a recipient of the UCLA Extension Department of the Arts Instructor of the Year Award for 2002, and the UCLA Extension Distinguished Instructor Award in 2008. 

Registration for this free online event is required. To register, visit

If you have a friend who is interested but does not have internet access, you can share phone numbers that will be sent to you upon registering so that they can listen in on any type of phone. You may also advise your friend to call (626) 795-4331 for instructions.

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