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TAYLOR COUNTY -

Mother's Day was first nationally recognized as a holiday in 1914. It was started by Taylor County's own, Anna Jarvis.

"In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed joint resolution 263 making Mother's Day a legal holiday for the very first time, and we've observed it ever since," said Olive Dadisman, with the Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum.

Dadisman said Jarvis wanted to create Mother's Day in honor of her own mother.

"She heard her mother many, many times tell her Sunday school classes that she wished she could set aside one day a year for mothers to rest. Mrs. Jarvis died in 1908 and Anna said on her grave that she would try to create just a day to do that," explained Dadisman.

Since 1996, the Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum has hosted a Mother's Day Founder's Festival. Every year the festival honors a "mother of the year." This year Calla Frederick took the honor, and is humble about it.

"What have I done, that you feel that I should get this honor? And they said you don't realize what you've done, and how much you do for the people. I couldn't believe it; I thought they got the wrong number," said Frederick.

The festival on Saturday included a program honoring motherhood, refreshments, and tours of the Anna Jarvis Birthplace Museum.

On Sunday, tours will again be offered, and craft and food vendors will be at the festival, weather permitting.