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Do You Know Where Mother’s Day Began?

posted: 34 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  2 Comments ;
Mother’s Day was first celebrated on Sunday, May 10, 1908, in Grafton, W.Va., in the Andrews Methodist Church now known as the International Mother’s Day Shrine.

Mother’s Day began in the Andrews Methodist Church now known as the International Mother’s Day Shrine.

Mother’s Day was first celebrated on Sunday, May 10, 1908, in Grafton, W.Va., in the Andrews Methodist Church now known as the International Mother’s Day Shrine.

Anna Jarvis is recognized as the founder of Mother’s Day.

During the Civil War, the Jarvis family lived in Webster, a community south of Grafton. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, provided nursing care and promoted better sanitation during the war years. After the war, Ann continued her work and strove to bring families and communities back together.

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Time For Mountaineer Days In Thomas

posted: 45 month ago by Heidi Haldeen  |  No Comments ;
Thomas, W.Va., is ready to celebrate Mountaineer Days this Fourth of July weekend. And MountainMade would love for you to visit! Rich and Carrie are getting ready for the holiday weekend with a fresh batch of Hurley Bird Feeders, which won't last long. Some of the store's newest treasures are quilted jewelry bags and a wonderful selection of field guides on hiking and travel, and birding and wildflowers.

Thomas, W.Va., is ready to celebrate Mountaineer Days this Fourth of July weekend. And MountainMade would love for you to come visit! Some of the store's newest treasures are quilted jewelry bags and a wonderful selection of field guides on hiking and travel, and birding and wildflowers. Rich and Carrie will be ready for the holiday weekend with a fresh batch of Hurley Bird Feeders, which won't last long.

Summer’s in full swing in Thomas and the celebration is just beginning.

Thomas hosts Mountaineer Days on July 2-5, 2010. It is a celebration of our nation’s independence and a time for many of the local families to “come home.”

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The West Virginia History Of Father’s Day

posted: 46 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  1 Comment ;

Father's Day Church / Monongah Mine Disaster

While Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Wash., is given credit for Father’s Day, history shows that the first Father’s Day celebration occurred in Fairmont, W.Va., on July 5, 1908.

The seeds of a Father’s Day Service were planted on Dec. 6, 1907, when a horrible mine explosion at Monongah, near Fairmont, killed more than 360 men, 210 of whom were fathers, leaving 250 widows and more than 1,000 children grieving.

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Grafton Memorial Day Dates Back To The Civil War

posted: 46 month ago by Becky Henderson  |  No Comments ;

American Flag

Memorial Day brings memories of parades, picnics and a day off from work or school.

In West Virginia, the origins of Memorial Day go back to the Civil War. In 1867, Maj. R. C. Bates was ordered by the War Department to locate a permanent burial site for the Union soldiers who had died in hospitals and battlefields throughout West Virginia.

Bates chose the Grafton location because it was relatively level in a region noted for mountainous terrain and it was near Maple Avenue Cemetery, where many war dead had already been buried. In 1867, Grafton held a “Flower Strewing Day” later called Memorial Day to honor those who served the community and the country during the Civil War.

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