March 26, 2017

Today in History: Celebrating Mothers

Family in Northern Sikkim relaxes by fireside
Today in History–May 9–the Library of Congress celebrates mothers. On this day in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day, serving “as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources showcasing the women who brought us into the world. And a special shout out to my wonderful mother: I love you Mom!

The First Mother’s Day from America’s Library

Mother image set from American Memory

More mother images

Mother sheet music

Mother songs & oral histories

Letters to Mother

Books about mothers

Topics in Chronicling America – select Mother’s Day newspaper articles (1909-1922)

More Mother’s Day historic newspaper coverage (through 1922)

H.RES.1113 – Celebrating the role of mothers in the United States and supporting the goals and ideals of Mother’s Day (2008)

Library of Congress blog posts about mothers and Mother’s Day

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