History and Importance of Father’s Day

Did you know the first Father’s Day was celebrated on July 5th, 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia? It was a somber celebration organized by Grace Golden.  Its purpose was to recognize the hundreds of men who died in the worst mining accident in U.S. history.  That tragedy occurred in December 1907 when 361 coal miners were killed in mine explosions,

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Mother’s Day History

Why did Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother’s Day in the U.S., campaign against the holiday she created? Photo of Anna Jarvis, courtesy of Encyclopedia Brittanica Following the U.S. Civil War, Anna’s mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, organized work clubs to teach childcare in rural communities.  She also organized “Mothers Friendship Day” when mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers

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