Happy Father’s Day from your friends at the Egg Harbor Lodge!
I always wonder who and how Father’s Day started. I was surprised to discover Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington by Sonora Smart Dodd. Its first celebration was on June 19, 1910. Sonora’s father was a Civil War veteran, a single parent who raised six children in Spokane. In 1909, after Sonora heard a sermon about Anna Jarvis’s Mother’s Day celebration at the Central Methodist Episcopal Church, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them too. Sonora first suggested June 5 her father’s birthday, but the church didn’t have enough time to prepare their sermons which shifted the date to the third Sunday in June.
Due Senora’s studies at the Art Institute of Chicago, promotion wasn’t very good and Father’s Day faded. It wasn’t until the 1930s when she returned to Spokane and started promoting it and raised it to a national level. Since 1938 she had the help of the Father’s Day Council, founded by the New York Associated Men’s Wear Retailers. By the mid’1980s the Father’s Council wrote that Father’s Day has become a Second Christmas for all men’s gift-oriented industries.
In 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States.
If you are looking to do something special for your special guy on Father’s Day, a trip to Door County just might be the ticket. The good news, we still have rooms available.