Father’s Day is the day we honor our fathers and/or father figures, and celebrate their contributions to our lives. It is a relatively modern holiday, but was inspired by two events early in the 20th century. One of these was the creation of Mother’s Day. The second was a memorial service in 1907 for the victims of a West Virginia mining accident, many of whom were fathers. A woman called Sonora Smart Dodd was an influential figure in the establishment of Father's Day. Unlike most widowers at the time, her father raised six children by himself after the death of his wife. Sonora felt that her father deserved to be recognized, and pushed for the creation of a day to honor all fathers. The first Father’s Day was held in June, 1910, but it wasn’t officially recognized as a holiday until President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
To find books in the library on fathers and fatherhood type in the subject heading Fathers. To find information on the relationships of fathers with their children try Fathers and Daughters, and Fathers and Sons. Enjoy the celebration!