Resident’s reflect on the importance of the Whistler’s Mother Statue this Mother’s Day



People across the country are celebrating this mothers day in a variety of ways. 

One borough in schuylkill county has been honoring mothers around the world for more than a half century with a landmark

“Everytime I look out my door and look, I see her,” Frank Althouse, of Ashland said.

That ‘her’ Althouse is referring to is the Whistler’s Mother Statue. She sits up high between Chestnut and Market Streets overlooking the borough of Ashland.

“The monument is really one of our true treasures,” Jack Jones, president of Ashland Area Historic Preservation Society said.

This mother statue has been here in Ashland, Pennsylvania for the last 80 years. Yet it is still the only of it’s kind in this country.

Kim Maclaren grew up in Ashland. She says her mom used to bring her up to the statue. When she became a mother herself, she also brought her kids. 

“We used to bring chalk down. And bubbles and they’d like to blow bubbles and see them go down the steps. And laugh when people would go by and wonder where the bubbles were coming from,” Maclaren said.

The statue came about in 1938 after the Ashland Boys’ Association decided to create something that would honor mothers, the statue reads, “A mother is the holiest thing alive.” 

“If it wasn’t for mothers none of us would be here. They are really the fabric that holds it all together,” Maclaren said.

The Ashland Area Historic Preservation Society holds a prototype of the monument. Even through the rise and fall of the coal mining era, the president of the organization says that it is one of the most cherished pieces they hold. 

“The culture that we had years ago that we are losing and we would like to get that all back. We’ve lost too much and we are never going to lose our mother,” Jones said.

In 2013, the statue was dedicated the Pennsylvania Historical Marker for the Ashland Boys’ Association.

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