City of Henderson Announcements

Posted on: March 19, 2017

First Guided Walking Tour of season focusing on 130th anniversary of Mother's Day

Sasseen Mary Towles

HENDERSON, Ky. -- Long before it was named a national holiday in 1914, the first public observance of Mother’s Day in the United States was held 37 years earlier on April 20, 1877, by local teacher Mary Towles Sasseen and her students at the Center Street School in Henderson.

Born in Henderson in 1860, Sasseen wanted to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of mothers by setting aside a day to honor them. She promoted a national observance of this day in several states, and published a book in 1893 entitled “Mother’s Day Celebration.” This book, containing prose and poetry devoted to mothers, was dedicated to her mother in the hope that April 20th, her mother’s birthday, would be annually celebrated as Mother’s Day.

A guided tour, featuring the life of Sasseen and led by historian Frank Nally, will begin at the Depot Community Room at 10 am on Saturday, April 1. The tour will visit areas important in Sasseen’s life, commencing with refreshments served at a downtown home where Monica Frasier Williams will bring Sasseen’s character alive with a portrayal of this energetic, positive, strong-willed woman.

A copy of Sasseen’s book, “Mother’s Day Celebration” will be available to purchase at the Depot Community Room.

This free tour is the first of seven tours hosted by the Depot Community Room on the first Saturday of each month from April through September and November. While reservations are not required for the free walking tours, guests are encouraged to arrive approximately 15 minutes before tour time.

Future free tours include:

May 6: Riverwalk (return transportation provided)

June 3: Historical African-American Business District

July 1: Tobacco History (an indoor presentation)

August 5: Taste of Henderson

September 2: Audubon Sculpture Tour

November 4: Henderson’s Military History

Special event tours (tickets required) include:

September 16: Fernwood Cemetery

October 7: Gangster Pub Crawl

October 28: Spooks and Legends

Additional Depot Community Room events include:

July 22: River Heritage Days’ “Come Down to the River”

August 12: Folklife Festival during the Bluegrass in the Park

The Depot Community Room’s mission is to bring Henderson’s rich history alive through a wide range of exhibits and events designed to enlighten and inform. Proceeds from ticketed events benefit the Cemetery Monument Restoration Fund. Proceeds from River Heritage Day’s Come Down to the River benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center Green River District.

Call the Depot Community Room at (270) 830-9707 to speak with a staff member, like us on Facebook (Depot Community Room), visit our website at www.hendersondepot.org, or stop in and enjoy the historical exhibits and displays at 101 N. Water Street, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.

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