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How We Kept Mother’s Day

May 3 @ 11:00 am

The tradition of celebrating Mother’s Day began in 1908. In the early 1900s, Canadian author, Stephen Leacock, observed the idea with a funny short story about a family who takes advantage of the holiday by going fishing while they left their mother at home to enjoy her special day (after doing all of the cooking, cleaning, and preparation for the occasion, of course).

Stephen Leacock’s real-life mother, Agnes Butler Leacock, was a force to be reckoned with. Agnes’s life tells the tale of a strong, independent woman with a very interesting backstory. Agnes spent much time at the Leacock summer home at Old Brewery Bay during her life and even had her own room in the household.

To help celebrate this mini-exhibit, the Leacock Museum will be providing tours and a reading of “How We Kept Mother’s Day.”

Offered May 3 and 4, 2024

11:00a.m. or 2:00p.m. Tickets required.


Leacock Museum
50 Museum Dr
Orillia, Ontario L3V 6K5 Canada
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