Throughout the years, I’ve heard rumors that Father’s Day and Mother’s Day were created by the greeting card industry. However, the history of Father’s Day is much more heart-felt.


Sonora Smart Dodd, lost her mother in the winter of 1898. With Sonora’s help, her father held the family together and took care of her five siblings. Sonora later became upset by popular perceptions of fathers as lazy, sleazy and drunk and was angered by a church sermon that focused on celebrating the newly created Mother’s day while ignoring the importance of fathers.  In 1910 she convinced her church in Spokane, Washington to recognize father’s for the role they play in family life. Fathers in the church were given red roses and people whose fathers were deceased wore white roses.


14 years later, President Calvin Coolridge urged state governments to recognize Father’s Day. However, it wasn’t until World War II that the day became a staple in American culture. Retailer’s advertised the day as a way to support the war effort and honor the American troops. In 1972, President Nixon formally made Father’s Day a national holiday.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Shopping for Father’s Day can be difficult. Do you get dad another tie or mug? Or just a generic card? Any day your dad can walk into a store and get a new tool seat or golf club, but a calendar made from photos of a camping trip? That gift tells a story that he can relive over and over again. Personalized gifts are more memorable, especially if it’s visual. So this Father’s Day, pick your favorite memory with your dad and create a story with it. Let Arkiver help you give a one-of-a-kind gift this year. Sign up today at

Alexis Tabb
Alexis is the marketing intern for Arkiver, a company dedicated to saving life stories. A senior at Washington and Lee University, she’s excited to work in her hometown of Greenville, SC to help others preserve their photos, videos and other memories and share them privately with their family and friends.