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“International Mother’s Day Shrine” – Taylor Co.

“The International Mother’s Day Shrine and Museum will preserve, promote and develop through education, the Spirit of Motherhood, as exemplified by the lives of Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis and Anna Jarvis, and the institution of Mother’s Day that they established.”

“The first Mother’s Day service was celebrated on May 10, 1908.  The second Sunday of May was proclaimed as Mother’s Day by a proclamation issued April 26, 1910 by West Virginia Governor William E. Glasscock.  On May 15, 1962, the magnificent Andrews Church, built in 1873, was declared to be The International Mother’s Day Shrine perpetuity as an international shrine to all  mothers and as a memorial to Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother’s Day.”


Explore “International Mother’s Day Shrine” Website

    “Anna Jarvis and the History of Mother’s Day” – WV Public Broadcasting

“May 11, 2008, was the 100th Anniversary of Mother’s Day. The holiday began in Grafton. Emily Corio has more on the West Virginia connection to Mother’s Day, and how the person who started it all later lamented what the holiday turned into.”

(4:29/2008 / WV Public Broadcasting)

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