Sunday School Attendance Pins

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Sunday, December 28, 1913:  Went to Sunday School this afternoon for this last time in this year. Would like to say “I haven’t missed any,” but I can’t. The missing amounts to two.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:


I think that this Sunday School attendance pin is from the mid-1900s. Does anyone know if there were attendance pins a hundred years ago?


Don’t beat yourself up for missing two Sundays.  I’m impressed that you made it to Sunday School for 50 of the 52 weeks in 1913.



8 Responses

  1. That’s a very honorable attendance record, Grandma!
    I’m not sure when attendance pins came into existence. I remember I had one, but my attendance wasn’t as good as Grandma’s!

  2. I’m impressed as well! Although I still think church and Sunday School would have been social events for Helena and the youth of the day, so to miss a Sunday would have meant a missed opportunity to catch up with friends.

  3. She did great! I am not sure about the pins. :)

  4. 50 out of 52? Pretty good!

  5. Oh, my! I have not thought about Sunday School pins in years!

  6. That’s pretty darn good. If I could exercise as often, I’d be in pretty good shape.

  7. Hi. I remember having a long ribbon where they put stickers when you attended Sunday School. To this day, I like stickers! Jane

  8. I remember that I had friends who had Sunday School Attendance pins, but my church didn’t use them.

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