Sunday, May 8, 2022

Mother's Day History

 What's the history of Mother's Day 

I am happy to share a little history about Mother's Day, especially 
     since it was Ann Jarvis of Philadelphia ( I'm from Philadelphia area) who proposed and campaigned for the idea ! 

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission posts signs around the city of Philadelphia sharing all kinds of historical tid-bits about Philadelphia and its history.

Here is some history about Mother's Day.

May be an image of text that says 'MOTHER'S DAY Founded byAnna Jarvis of Philadelphia. First of- ficially observed in 1908, it honored motherhood & family life at a time of rising feminist activism. An early supporter was John Wanamaker, whose store stood opposite. Mother's Day was given federal recognition, 1914. PENNSYLVANIA HISTORICAL AND MUSEUM COMMISSION 1998'

Who was Ann Jarvis and who was Anna Jarvis and why did Anna petition for a national Mother's Day?

Ann Reeves Jarvis was Miss Anna's Jarvis' mother. Ann, the mother, was a homemaker in Appalachia in West Virginia during the Civil War. As a Sunday school teacher and community activist, Ann Jarvis became concerned about the poor living conditions of most families in Appalachia as well as the high infant mortality rate, lack of knowledge for sanitary living, etc.

 She took it upon herself to organize " Mother's Day Work Clubs" in West Virginia to help educate and young mothers and to help with ideas to combat the unsanitary conditions. Ann Reeves was known throughout the region as "Mother Jarvis." She also thought mother's should be recognized for the sacrifice they made for their children during wartime and everyday.

When Ann Jarvis died in 1905, Anna Jarvis, her daugher, wanted to find a way to memorialize her mom's life and fought for a national day that would honor all mothers. Anna is quoted saying about mothers, “I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mother’s day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it”

Well we got our national day of recognition- thanks for Anna Jarvis

Mother'S Day, Happy Mother'S Day

I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day!
Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers out there. 


  1. Good to know and thank you for sharing it, Judee. I hope that you had a great celebration.

  2. I did not know that. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Very interesting story! I had no idea about the origin of mother's day....thanks for sharing it!.......Abrazotes, Marcela

  4. Interesting to know and thank you for sharing, Judee.

    Happy Tuesday!

  5. Thank you! I never stopped to think about the origin of Mother's Day! What an amazing story, now you'll have to research the origin of Father's Day!

  6. Wow, I had no idea that Mother's Day had its roots in Philadelphia! Or that it didn't start, as some like to say, as the result of a Hallmark marketing gimmick, but to honor one courageous woman's crusade against infant mortality. Thanks so very much for this informative post! And I hope you had a magnificent Mother's Day! :)


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