Who: Oyster Bay Historical Society
What: "Dearest Jane...Love L", Jane Bush and her Love Letters from Habana
Where: Earle- Wightman House, Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay, New York
When: Hours of Operation: Tues-Fri 10am -2pm, Sat 9am -1pm & Sun 1pm -4pm; Opening Reception: Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14th, 4-6pm
Why: Read beautiful letters and get swept up in the celebration of Valentine's Day in Oyster Bay.
The Oyster Bay Historical Society presents "Dearest Jane...Love L". A collection of love letters from Luis Francke to his beloved Jane Bush. Luis Francke operated a sugar plantation in Cuba from which he wrote many of his love letters to Jane. After their marriage in 1911 they moved to Glenby, the Brookville estate which Luis built for his new bride and which still exists today. During Luis's long absences due to business, Jane designed a garden on the estate and pursued her passion for bird watching. Jane Bush Francke became extensively involved with the Garden Club of America and with the early development of the American conversation movement. The Jane Bush Francke Bird Sanctuary on the grounds of her former estate, still serves as a legacy to her commitment to open space throughout the country and on Long Island. We would like to thank Ellen Curtis the granddaughter of Jane Bush Francke for her support.