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The Cleveland Cultural Gardens - Perhaps the world's first peace garden, the Gardens embody the history of twentieth-century America. They reveal the history of immigration to, and migration within, the United States. They comment on how we have built communities and constructed our identities as individuals and collectives.
Join us celebrating the Cleveland Cultural Gardens' 100th Anniversary on the Cleveland One World Day event on August 28, 2016. Free parking at VA Parking Lot and Metroparks Free Guided Trolley Tour throughout the gardens Over 29 gardens with many participating with ethnic food and beverages Participate at the Parade of Flags with UFC Heavy Weight Champion Stipe Miocic as Grand Marshal Be part of the ceremony and welcome the citizens during the Naturalization Ceremony Enjoy a day of Gardens Performances and Activities Check out some great performances on two stages including some national acts! And many more, visit www.clevelandoneworldday.org for more informaiton
Sheila Murphy Crawford, president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, introduced Mary Hamlin, Executive Secretary of the Garden Federation and British Garden delegate, at the ribbon cutting and dedication of the new Cultural Garden Kiosk on Martin Luther King Blvd. Mary read a piece from Garden founder and 2nd president Leo Weidenthal that spoke about the harmony of nations and the Gardens. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/dontmiss.htm
Every year, Cleveland's immigrant communities throw each other a big party.
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation ended their Centennial Year by burying a time capsule at the Kiosk of the Gardens on MLK Blvd. The time capsule has information and artifacts about the Gardens and also Cleveland in 2016. (Go Cavs, Go Tribe) It will be opened in 25 years in 2041. Paul Burik was the main person behind the time capsule project. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/events/2016/gardens-time-capsule.htm
Outgoing Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation President Sheila Murphy Crawford introduced the new board at the installation dinner on April 4, 2017. Retired Judge Diane Karpinski then read the oath and the new board was sworn in. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/
The main ceremony at the 72nd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens continued as past-president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation Sheila Murphy Crawford introduced the current president Dr. Wael Khoury. Dr. Khoury told of the plans for the Cleveland Cultural Gardens which include the Centennial Peace Plaza and many more ethnic gardens. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/events/2017/owd-2017-main.htm
One of the highlights of the 72nd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens was the Parade of Flags. About 30 communities were represented. New this year were the Pakistani and Indonesian groups. As they marched down MLK Blvd. Sheila Murphy Crawford from the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation and Ch 19 WOIO Anchor Chris Tanaka announced the units. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/events/2017/owd-2017-main.htm
The Holden Parks Trust donated a flag and flagpole to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) and a dedication ceremony was held on Sunday June 12. Former CCGF President Paul Burik told about the time capsule that will be buried there on One World Day on August 28, 2016. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/
Sheila Murphy Crawford, President of the Cleveland Cultural Garden Federation, introduced the One World Day 2015 Production Team. Producers Ken Kovach and Johnny Wu gave an overview and then team members Dan Hanson, Yin Tang, Asim Datta, Angela Shute Woodson, Emily Holtel-Hoag, Flora Mark and Jennifer Feierabend told of their roles in the event. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/dontmiss.htm
Dan Hanson of ClevelandPeople.Com spoke at the Dubrovnik Garden as part of the latest Food Adventure of ClevelandPeople.Com. He explained how the 1934 Slovenian Cultural Garden became the Yugolsav Garden with the addition of Croatia and Serbia. After the independence in 1991 the Serbs and Croatians started their own gardens. He told of the Immigrant Mother statue in the Croatian Cultural Garden. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/croatian/croatian.htm.
Sheila Murphy Crawford, president of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, invited Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and other dignitaries to ceremonially break ground in the Centennial Plaza of the Cultural Gardens during the 71st annual One World Day in the Centennial Year of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. In the background, the band No Strangers Here consisting of Pat Hoynes, Bob Crawford and Larry Bachtel performed a special version of the Garden Song (Inch by Inch, Row by Row) at One World Day 2016 in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. The lyrics spoke about the Centennial of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and the 71st annual One World Day. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/dontmiss.htm
Joseph Meissner received the Freedom Award at the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio’s 56th annual Captive Nations Dinner on July 20, 2017. Meissner called up Gia Hoa Ryan and Oanh Loi-Powell to tell about the new Vietnamese Cultural Garden in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens chain. http://www.clevelandpeople.com/groups/vietnam/vietnam.htm