Happy Valentine’s Day from the Arab American National Museum! This is a month for celebrating love in all forms, and we have some great artifacts to share from our collection on that topic.
First up is this adorable Valentine’s card from the collection of Aliya Ogdie Hassan, one of the founders of our parent organization ACCESS.
Next, a booklet from the 1938 Valentine’s Dansant put on by the Junior Chapter of the Syrian Ladies’ Aid Society. A “dansant” is a short afternoon dance.
Another Valentine card, this one sent to a mother. After all, who loves us more than our own mothers?
Finally, we can’t talk about Valentine’s day without showing a couple in love. Pictured here are Rosemary Hakim, a native of Detroit and winner of the first Miss Lebanon-America pageant, with Prince Fahad al-Sudairi of the Saudi royal family. The two had a brief romance while Rosemary was living in New York and working for the United Nations in the late 1950s. We hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day full of love!