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Catalog Number WF 0942
Caption Parent-Teacher Association
Description Morris and Bertha Coy Lowder hold cake that celebrated the 64th birthday of the National Parent-Teacher Association in the United States. Cake says, "Parent-Teacher-Association, Congratulations, 1897-1964." The PTA began in the United States in Washington, D. C., as the National Congress of Mothers. The first meeting was held February 17-19, 1897. In 1898 the constitution and bylaws were adopted and papers were read that advocated cooperation between mothers and teachers, as well as sex education before puberty. The object of the 1899 congress was "to arouse in the fathers the interest already aroused in the mother." A plan was adopted at that congress to organize "parent-teacher associations as schools for parents." In 1908 the name of the group was changed to National Congress of Mothers and Parent-Teacher Association, a name eventually shortened to the Parent-Teacher Association. The PTA began in the Anacortes School District in September 1927. Articles were written in the 9-1-1927 and 9-22-1927 editions of the ANACORTES AMERICAN. Bertha and Morris Lowder were both Anacortes High School graduates and sent their three children, Robert, Carolyn, and Linda, through the Anacortes schools. Bertha was the daughter of Effie Leyde, donor of this image; her photo as a young girl can be seen in WF 0698.
Date 1964
Photographer Unknown
Collection Wallie Funk Collection
Subjects Place - Anacortes, WA
People
Organization - School
Credit line Donated by Wallie Funk, Wallie Funk Collection
People LOWDER, Morris
LOWDER, Bertha COY
Place Anacortes, WA
Search Terms cake
National Parent Teacher Association
sex education
parent cooperation
Object Name Print, Photographic