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Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!

Father’s Day.  A day where we honor the Father Figures in our lives.  A day where we break out the grill, give neck ties and shop-vacs, and tell “dad-jokes”.

For example: “Why couldn't the bike stand up by itself? It was two tired!”

Nice one, Dad.

While listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at church in 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honoring and celebrating her father. She thought mothers were getting all the praise and attention while fathers deserved some.

William Smart, Sonora’s father, was a veteran of the Civil War and twice a widower.  He went on to raise the children by himself on their small farm in Washington. To show her father how special he was to her after all the hard work and love William gave to his children, Sonora thought there should be a day to pay homage to him and other dads like him. She went to local businesses and government officials to drum up support for her idea.  She initially suggested June 15th, William’s birthday, to be the designated day to celebrate Father’s Day, but due to some bad planning, the celebration in Spokane, Washington was held on the third Sunday in June.

Her idea spread throughout the country very slowly. The country held celebrations to honor the men who died in World War II and by the end of the war, Father’s Day wasn’t a national holiday, but it definitely was a national institution. Finally, in 1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.  The efforts of Mrs. Dodd were appreciated and she came to be officially recognized as the 'Mother of Father's Day'.

Are you interested in learning about all things fathers?  Check out MPHPL’s list of “Dad-books”!

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