The Ventress Memorial Library Cultural Series will present a Valentine-themed lecture, “Conversation Hearts,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the library’s program room, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield.

Local historian Regina Porter will present a discussion and lecture of courtship, love, lust, marriage and commitment, from the age of St. Valentine to early colonial New England, the romance of the Victorian Era and the present day. Hear how some traditions began and remain, and how some have been forgotten, including why the bride wears white, why the wedding band is worn on the left hand and how the phrase “honey-month” became a “honeymoon.”

After attending Bridgewater State College, Porter worked as a costume interpreter and museum teacher with the education department at Plimoth Plantation. She is former executive director of Marshfield’s historic Winslow House and a past member of the Marshfield Historical Commission.

The lecture is free; no tickets required.

Library and program room are handicapped-accessible.

For more information, contact librarian Chris Woods at 781-834-5535 or cwoods@ocln.org, or visit http://ventresslibrary.org.