The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation hosted the 74th annual One World Day on August 25, 2019. Police estimates say that over 30,000 people visited the Gardens and attended One World Day. There was a lot of activity in the beautiful and historic Estonian Cultural Garden.
Toomas Tubalkain telling visitors about Estonian culture
A highlight of One World Day is the Parade of Flags where people in costumes of their heritage carry the flags. This year was undoubtedly the largest and most colorful in memory. It was extra special because all Parade participants joined hands as a commemoration of the Baltic Way 30 years earlier. The Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian units led the Parade after the Baltic Way remembrance.
Honorary Consul of Lithuania Ingrida Bublys was joined on stage by Honorary Consul of Estonia Mary Nippert to describe the Baltic Way that took place 30 years earlier in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
TV news anchor Chris Tanaka, Honorary Consul of Lithuania Ingrida Bublys and Honorary Consul of Estonia Mary Nippert
The marchers in the Parade of Flags at One World Day, led by delegations from the Baltic countries, commemorated this historic event by forming their own human chain joining hands along Martin Luther King Blvd. in Cleveland.
Baltic Way remembered in Cleveland on One World Day
Watch the video and see more pictures of the Cleveland remembrance of the Baltic Way.
The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) hosted the 73rd annual One World Day on September 16, 2018. A highlight is the Parade of Flags where people in costumes of their heritage carry the flags. The Estonian Garden was well-represented in the Parade.
Tracing Your Family's Path from a Displaced Persons Camp
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., has created a searchable database of information on the Displaced Persons Camps and the people who passed through them. Earlier this year, the Holocaust Museum partnered with the Ukrainian Museum-Archives in Cleveland to digitize the UMA's extensive collection of DP Camp periodicals produced by Ukrainian refugees from 1945-51. Working with Kyiv-based Archival Data Systems, researchers have scanned more than 75,000 documents archived at the Tremont museum, creating a resource that scholars and others will now be able to access.
Officials from the Holocaust Museum unveiled the new resource and its search tools at a special presentation in Cleveland, a city that resettled thousands of displaced persons. "Solving the Mystery: Tracing Your Family's Path from a Displaced Persons Camp," was presented at the Slovenian National Home.
Estonian Victory Day (Võidupüha) and St John's Day (Jaanipäev) celebration
The Estonian Cultural Garden was dedicated June 19, 1966. Each year, the Estonian community and friends gather to celebrate Estonian Victory Day (Võidupüha) and St John's Day (Jaanipäev). This year, guests came from as far as Idaho and Estonia!
On the first annual Kid's Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens, kids (of all ages) learned about the Estonian language, culture, history, geography and more.
Teevi Champa of the Estonian Cultural Garden was one of the co-chairs of Kid's Day in the Gardens. When the group arrived at the Estonian Garden Teevi and Erika Puussar welcomed them and explained the various activities. The kids colored pictures of a Cornflower which is the national flower of Estonia.
Then story time with Erika Puussar where the kids learned to say dog (koer) in Estonian, and they played the Bees in the Garden game led by Teevi Champa that every kid plays in Estonia.
The American Nationalities Movement held the annual Captive Nations Dinner in Cleveland on July 14, 2016. Erika Puussaar of the Estonian Community and delegate to the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation was honored with the Freedom Award.
Judge Ralph Perk Jr., Irene Morrow and Erika Puussaar
Don't miss Erika's stories from the displaced persons camp during World War II.
Baltic Communities remember Senator George Voinovich
Erika Puussaar, a Director of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation and delegate to the Estonian Garden, told how grateful the people of the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were to Senator George Voinovich for his work to get the Baltics into NATO.
Traditional Estonian Clothing
A highlight of the 6th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) was the multicultural fashion show.
Models Erica Puussaar and granddaughter Emmi Puussaar
The skirt has folds in it which represent waves in the Baltic Sea. The necklace is amber, the traditional Estonian jewelry material.
Emmi and Erika have returned from mushroom picking in the moist Estonian forests.
Senator Portman Meets with Cleveland Eastern European Communities
U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) traveled to Ukraine to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, as well as other government officials. Portman has repeatedly called for increased U.S. military assistance to Ukraine as they continue to face Russian aggression.
Senator Portman and Cleveland Eastern European leaders
On Friday, April 17, 2015 Senator Portman, co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, met with members of Eastern European communities in Cleveland to discuss his recent visit to Ukraine and Latvia.
Tell us about the music, food, holidays, traditions, costumes, language and other qualities that make Estonians so special.
From Kalevipoeg: An Ancient Estonian Tale
Aga ükskord algab aega kus kõik piirud kahel otsal lausa lähvad lõkendama;
lausa tuleleeki lõikab käe kaljukammitsasta- küll siis Kalev jõuab koju oma lastel' õnne tooma, Eesti põlve uueks looma.
But one day an age will dawn,
when all spills, at both their ends, will burst forth into flame; and this stark fire will sever the vise of stone from Kalevipoeg's hand. Then the son of Kalev will come home to bring his children happiness and build Estonia's life anew.
After centuries of Danish, Swedish, German, and Russian rule, Estonia attained independence in 1918. Forcibly incorporated into the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US - it regained its freedom in 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Since the last Russian troops left in 1994, Estonia has been free to promote economic and political ties with Western Europe. It joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004.