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Valentine Like a Sailor

February 11, 12 | 1-5pm | In-Person | 12 Fulton Street | Free

Bring 19th century maritime craft tradition to your handmade Valentine with the South Street Seaport Museum! While you create your own special trinket for the holiday, learn about the unique history of Sailors’ Valentines—tokens of love and friendship. Historically, these small wooden boxes were given by seafarers to their wives, sweethearts, daughters, and loved ones when they returned from a long voyage. Using beads, buttons, and shells, families and friends of all ages are invited to the Seaport Museum’s introductory galleries to continue the tradition together. This event is free, but please let us know that you’re coming by registering.

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Photo credit: “Sailor’s Valentine”, 19th century. Wood, shell, paper, glass. Gift of the J. Aron Charitable Foundation 1988.075.0105

Drag Exposition at The Seaport Museum

Queer History: Drag & the Waterfront

February 17 at 7pm | In-Person | The Green Room at Pier 17 | Free

Why are queer communities often found at geographic peripheries like the waterfront? What is the connection between drag and the Seaport? Join the Seaport Museum for a conversation with drag legend, Linda Simpson, who will answer these questions while illuminating the “herstory” of drag and sharing her first-hand account of the rise and evolution of drag in the 1980s and 90s in New York City.

This event is free, and advanced registration is required. A complimentary toast will follow the presentation.

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Photo credit: Linda Nelson

About the South Street Seaport Museum

The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the historic Seaport district in New York City, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Founded in 1967, the Museum houses an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, a maritime reference library, exhibition galleries and education spaces, working nineteenth-century print shops, and an active fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.”