Marvelous Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 but it did not become an official holiday in the United States until 1914 when Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation making the second Sunday in May a national holiday to honour mothers. The holiday was conceived of as a way of honouring the sacrifices mothers made for their children, and is usually celebrated by giving mothers cards, candy, flowers, or by helping with household chores and cooking. By 1920 Anna Jarvis had become disgusted with the commercialization of the holiday and resorted to an open campaign against Mother’s Day profiteers including confectioners and florists.   

P4554.067.001 Roger Photograph Collection, Mother’s Day Card One paper card with a Mother’s Day poem printed in blue ink and decorated with white and pink flowers with green leaves. The card is signed at the bottom in black ink.

This Mother’s Day celebrate in a non-commercialized way by visiting the BYTOWN MUSEUM where mothers get in for free on Sunday May 14th. There will also be Victorian Parlour Games for visitors to participate in.