Sunday, May 4, 2008

One Week Till Mother's Day. Are YOU Ready?

We'll be celebrating our Mother's, Grandmother's Aunts, Sisters, etc. one week from today!

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.

6 comments:

Lisa said...

What an interesting post Amanda. Thanks for sharing this wonderful information with us :)

Lisa said...

Forgot to say that is a gorgeous set for your Mother!

Amanda said...

My home State might not be known for a lot but we sure do have some good stuff that comes out of The Mountain State!!!!

Thanks for the compliments on the necklace set Lisa!!! I hope my Mom loves them!

Anonymous said...

Wow- What an interesting blog! Thank you for sharing :D
Marianne

Anonymous said...

Great info wild!!! and I love the necklace and earrings for your mom!! silk

"MEC" said...

Your mom should be **delighted** by that gift!

I thought I knew all there was to know about the origins of Mother's Day ... wrong :D Thanks for the interesting info.

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