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Event Details

5/14/17
Mother's Day
Audience: Homepage, Board of Education, Calendar, Chaparral Elementary School, Claremont High School, Condit Elementary School, Danbury Elementary School, El Roble Intermediate, Mt. View Elementary, Oakmont Elementary School, San Antonio High School, Sumner Elementary, Sycamore Elementary and Vista del Valle Elementary
Posted by: Maggie Domico, District Admin, Claremont Unified School District
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Start Time: 4:00 PM End Time: 5:00 PM

Mother's Day on the second Sunday in May. Julia Ward Howe first issued her Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870 as a call for women to join in support of disarmament. In the 1880s and 1890s there were several further attempts to establish an American Mother's Day, but these did not succeed beyond the local level.  The current holiday was created by Anna Jarvis in Grafton, West Virginia, in 1908 as a day to honor one's mother.  Jarvis wanted to accomplish her mother's dream of making a celebration for all mothers, although the idea did not take off until she enlisted the services of wealthy Philadelphia merchant John Wanamaker.   She kept promoting the holiday until President Woodrow Wilson made it an official national holiday in 1914.  The holiday eventually became so highly commercialized that many, including its founder, Anna Jarvis, considered it a “Hallmark Holiday,” i.e. one with an overwhelming commercial purpose. Jarvis eventually ended up opposing the holiday she had helped to create.   She died in 1948, regretting what had become of her holiday.   Mother's Day remains one of the biggest days for sales of flowers, greeting cards, and the like; it is also the biggest holiday for long-distance telephone calls.