Armstrong Browning Library Valentine's Day Extravaganza

Feb. 8, 2013

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WACO, TX (Feb. 8, 2013) - Valentine's Day will come early this year for Baylor University's Armstrong Browning Library (ABL) as it celebrates the fifth-annual Valentine's Day Extravaganza. The extravaganza will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, in the McLean Foyer of Meditation of Armstrong Browning Library, 710 Speight Ave.

ABL invites couples (or individuals) for an afternoon of elegance and romance with a performance from musicians Dave Tanner and Linda Wilcox, a gourmet dessert reception and door prizes.

The library is home to the romantic writings shared between Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, including the famous handwritten manuscript of Barrett's love poem "How Do I Love Thee?" Many artifacts relating to the English poets can be found at the library, which houses the world's largest collection of books, manuscripts and other materials associated with the Brownings.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who died at the age of 55 in 1861, wrote the poem for her husband, Robert Browning, who was 77 when he died in 1889. The two were married for only 15 years when Elizabeth died in Robert's arms at their home in Florence, Italy. Their union was considered to be one of the greatest literary romances ever known.

Tickets are $50 per couple and $30 per individual, and can be purchased online at www.browninglibrary.org.

For more information, call Christi Klempnauer at 254-710-4968.

by Rebecca Malzahn , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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