I bet you did not know this little tidbit about Mother's Day...I did :)
Jarvis' "Mother's Day"
In 1907, Mother's Day was first celebrated in a small, private way by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, West Virginia, to commemorate the anniversary of her mother's death two years earlier on May 9, 1905. Jarvis's mother, named Ann Jarvis, had been active in Mother's Day campaigns for peace and worker's safety and health since end of American Civil War. The younger Jarvis launched a quest to get wider recognition of Mother's Day. The celebration organized by Jarvis on May 10, 1908 involved 407 children with their mothers at the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton (this church is now the International Mother's Day Shrine). Grafton is, thus, the place recognized as the birthplace of Mother's Day.
The subsequent campaign to recognize Mother's Day was financed by Philadelphia clothing merchant John Wanamaker. As the custom of Mother's Day spread, the emphasis shifted from the pacifism and reform movements to a general appreciation of mothers. The first official recognition of the holiday was by West Virginia in 1910. A proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day was signed by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson on May 14, 1914
How did I know this information you might be asking? I grew up in Fairmont, WV, about 20 minutes from Grafton! I've visited Anna Jarvis' home/Museum and the International Mother's Day Shrine. Visit my Blog again around Father's Day for more information!!
I've included a picture of what my Fabulous Mother is getting for Mother's Day!
Large freshwater peacock pearls are hand-knotted with gray silk. Matching earrings include two peacock pearls that are carefully handwrapped in sterling silver.