WATD: A Historical Look at Saint Valentine’s Day

Millions of cards, chocolates and other gifts will be exchanged today as folks across the South Shore and the world observe Valentine’s Day, a holiday which can trace its roots back to the days of the Roman Empire.

Peter Drummey of the Massachusetts Historical Society tells WATD News that tradition came over to New England along with another custom observed in pre-Revolutionary times and described by a young Marshfield girl named Anna Green Winslow.

Anna Green Winslow

Anna Green Winslow


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About Dan McCready

Dan McCready is a South Shore native who’s happy to be back working in his home region. After graduating from Catholic Memorial High School, GO KNIGHTS! Dan attended Suffolk University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Communications. After college Dan worked as a standup comic and actor appearing in several theatrical productions, independent films, and worked as a background extra in films and TV shows including Fever Pitch, Underdog, and Brotherhood while also working as a weekend overnight DJ on Easy 99.1. Eventually Dan began covering the Boston entertainment scene for Production Live Online and, after being bit by the journalism bug, decided to further his studies at Northeastern University, where he earned his master's degree. Since that time Dan has worked across many media platforms for organizations including the Patriot Ledger, Cape Cod Broadcasting, and 1420 WBSM in New Bedford. Dan is currently residing in Milton and enjoys hanging out with friends, candlepin bowling, playing video games, and making videos for his fledgling YouTube Channel.