The Finnish Heritage Museum, as sponsors of the Finnish Cultural Garden in Cleveland, participated in the annual One World Day Festival. A large contingent of Finnish Americans, many of them children, marched in the Parade of Flags. They carried Finnish flags and a banner celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the Finnish Republic. Volunteer members of the museum encouraged visitors to the garden to learn Finnish words and about Finnish customs. Passports for Peace were stamped with a Finnish flag and tours of the garden were given by request. A beautiful day helped keep spirits high during a long, stimulating day shared with gardens from around the world.

The One World Day parade saw a tremendous showing of participants, many of them showing true Finnish colors. Jeff1















The Finnish Cultural Garden at 1180 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. located between the Indian and Estonian gardens was dedicated in 1958. It features a granite monument with a quote by author of prose and lyrics Aleksis Kivi. Also, there are busts of Jean Sibelius, noted composer of “Finlandia”, Elias Lönnrot, doctor and author of the epic poem “Kalevala”, Johan Vilhelm Snellman, statesman and patriot and finally Johan Ludvig Runeberg, national poet and author of the Finnish National Anthem “Maame”.

The Finnish Heritage Museum located in Fairport Harbor, Ohio is the sponsor of the Finnish Garden. The maintenance of the Garden is done by volunteers throughout the year. There are costs associated with this maintenance including plantings, mulch, fertilizer etc. We want to establish a fund for the ongoing maintenance and eventual restoration of this lovely spot. We appeal to all of those with Finnish heritage and their friends to help us create the resources necessary to care for this unique area of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

The year 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Finland. Help us celebrate by participating in our fund raising efforts and please visit the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. They are unique in the world!

Tax deductible donations in any amount may be sent to:
Finnish Heritage Museum
301 High Street
Fairport Harbor, OH 44077
*write “Garden” on the memo line
Finnish Garden Delegates: Ken Quiggle, Olli Patrikainen and Ron Peura

Photo © FHM 2017








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