Telling Dad Stories: Performance – Free
June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
In this free afternoon performance participants in the morning’s workshop (Telling (Your) Dad Stories) will present their Dad stories for your enjoyment, amusement, and perhaps surprise.
A nice way to honor Father’s Day on Father’s Day eve.
History of Father’s Day
The idea of Father’s Day can be traced back to 1910. It is believed that Mrs. Sanora Smart Dodd is the brain behind this day. Sanora, along with her five siblings were brought up by his father after their mother died in childbirth. His father neither remarried nor placed his children under the care of others.
Because of this, Dodd was grateful to his father, William Jackson Smart-a civil war veteran, and he wanted to honor him.
Her noble idea of Father’s Day came about after hearing a sermon about Mother’s day by Anna Jarvis at Central Methodist Episcopal Church. She later approached her pastor and proposed there be a day honoring fathers, which would mirror Mother’s Day. Dodd proposed to have Father’s Day observed in June, which happened to be his father’s birthday month.
In 1913, Congress received a bill aiming at recognizing Father’s Day. In 1916, Congress rejected the move to have the day made official for fear that it would become just another commercialized holiday. However, the campaign to have Father’s Day recognized as a federal holiday went on for many years until 1966, when President Lyndon B Johnson issued a proclamation designating Father’s Day USA to be observed on the third Sunday in June. In 1972, President Richard Nixon signed it into law as a permanent national holiday.