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Anna Jarvis founded Mother’s Day in honor of her own mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, who died on May 9, 1905. Anna Jarvis credited her inspiration for Mother’s Day as coming from hearing her mother pray after a Sunday School class on Mothers of the Bible, “I hope and pray that someone, sometime, will found a memorial mothers day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity in every field of life. She is entitled to it.”

This website serves as a public digital collection of archival materials from the International Mother's Day Shrine located in Grafton, West Virginia. This historic site is a a 501(c) 3 non profit organization located in the historic Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church. The building has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1970, and has been a National Historical Landmark since 1992. The mission of the International Mother's Day Shrine and Museum is to “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.”

This page was created, organized, and is maintained by Public History MA students at West Virginia University.

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For further information and updates about the International Mother's Day Shrine, please contact (304) 265-1589 or visit these websites:

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