In 1909 Anna Jarvis gave recognition to mothers’ through the creation of Mother’s Day. It was shortly after, in 1910, Sonora Smart Dodd created the first Father’s Day. Dodd wanted a holiday to celebrate the parental duties a Father in a family after the death of her Father who had raised six children on his own after his wife’s death in 1898.

The first Father’s day celebrations were held in Spokane, Washington. At the local YMCA Dodd and her pastor prepared the celebrations on the third Sunday of June in 1910. This holiday was inspired by the work of Anna Jarvis, and had a strong following across the nation. (Watch the video summary of this history below.)

Due to controversy in Congress, official legislation to make it an official holiday was rejected three different times and took decades to become official. On its third submission, President Johnson signs it to official holiday in 1966, and made permanent by President Nixon in 1972. 

The holidays are greatly popular across the country, and across the world to recognize important roles in the family. Contemporary families are incorporating a growing number of stay at home dads, and running the household is becoming more shared than any other time in history. 
Any man can be a father. It takes someone  special to be a dad.
~  Anonymous
Read more at http://www.theholidayspot.com/fathersday/quotes.htm#pRPrb0Y1qrRKFuxY.99

By Dustin Hochmuth,
Museum Intern, UW-Whitewater Communications Major



03/21/2016 3:07pm

You always can publish something absorbing that does not waste minutes of your life like what you see on countless other sites. This is very interesting and I will be back for more. Thanks for sharing

03/29/2016 12:20pm

My father is world’s best father indeed and I love him so much and always celebrate father’s day.

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