Although President Wilson made it a national holiday in 1914, similar celebrations had been held since just after the civil war (The Henry Ford, 2012). The video below talks about Anna Jarvis, from West Virginia, who is credited with making it an official holiday. Jarvis was inspired by the community work that her mother, Anne Reeves Jarvis, did during her life. In 1908, on the second anniversary of her mother's death, Jarvis announced her wish to create a day honoring mothers.
Below is a May 11, 2008 video, “Anna Jarvis and the history of Mother’s Day”
The day holds many traditional values for society through the years. Mother’s Day is coming soon, so remember to appreciate the importance of our mothers!
By Dustin Hochmuth,
Museum Intern, UW-Whitewater Communications Major