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Notes from the Museums: Valentines of Hope

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Lula Verniece Hope was born in Brooksville in 1901 and died here at the age of 92 in 1993. Someone, no doubt, gave her a scrapbook when she was a child and she filled it with letters, notes and mementos. The scrapbook is a treasure chest about Brooksville’s history and people. Lula preserved her contract with the school district to teach when she finished college. She worked for $90 per month! There are a few valentines included and range from the obviously handmade variety to the more ornate greetings of love and friendship. It is interesting that Lula included the envelopes as well. Later addresses included a P.O. Box number, but in a time when everyone knew everyone else, Lula Verniece Hope received mail sent to “City” or simply “at Home.” Life was sweet!

[Credit: Mary Sheldon]
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