Welcome to the blog of the Henderson, Ky., Depot Community Room. The Community Room strives to promote a better understanding of Henderson, Ky., history and culture through special programs and exhibits. Our exhibit hall features the collections of the Henderson County Historical and Genealogical Society. The Community Room is funded by the City of Henderson, Ky., through the Henderson County Tourist Commission.

Friday, May 20, 2011

River Heritage Day

Join us Saturday, May 21 for a day full of fun!
Events will be going on all day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at Audubon Mill Park on the Henderson riverfront

Tour the deck of a barge

View a towboat from Ohio Valley Marine Service up close
Experiment with a Working Lock and Dam

Work Giant 3D Puzzles by Riverworks Discovery

Meet a red-tailed hawk and owl from the Western Kentucky Raptor Center

Learn about River Safety from the Evansville Bend Power Squadron

Let storyteller Susan Fowler teach you about the river's history, culture and commerce
Sponsored by Ohio Valley Marine Service and The Depot Community Room

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Henderson teacher forgotten by time originated idea for Mother's Day

Mary Towles Sasseen, courtesy Henderson
Historical and Genealogical Society
History remembers Anna Jarvis, a Philadelphia woman, as the founder of Mother's Day. But while Jarvis' contribution to the observance of Mother's Day as a national holiday is great, she is hardly the originator of the idea.

That distinction is held by a Henderson, Ky., teacher named Mary Towles Sasseen. Sasseen was keenly devoted to her mother, and encouraged her students to celebrate the love and life of their own mothers. In 1887 she held her first public Mother's Day Celebration at the Center Street School where she taught. She championed throughout the Commonwealth for a day of honor for mothers, and in 1893 she published a booklet defining an annual "Mother's Day Celebration" on April 20. In the booklet she also suggested readings and activities suitable for its celebration. Newspaper accounts say that in 1899 she organized Mother's Day Celebrations at schools in Boston, Brooklyn and Little Rock. In 1894  schools in Springfield, Ohio, began observing the holiday. The Kentucky General Assembly recognized Sasseen as the originator of the idea for Mother's Day in 1926.

"The home being the center of all civilization, the mother is the star around which all civilization revolves," she wrote. "Home! That name touches every fiber of the soul. Nothing but death can break its spell and dearer than home is the mother who presides over it."

Copies of Saseen's booklet have been reprinted by the Henderson County Historical and Genealogical Society and are available for purchase at the Depot Community Room, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday They are also available at the adjacent Historical Society, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.