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Origins of the Albany Tulip Festival

 
 
Origins of the Albany Tulip Festival Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 19, 2019
1. Origins of the Albany Tulip Festival Marker
Inscription.  In 1947, residents of Albany collected 300 tons of donated food, clothing, medical supplies, household goods and building materials to help rebuild Nijmegen, The Netherlands, which had been devastated by bombing and fighting during World War II.

In gratitude, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands sent a shipment of tulips to Albany, and those tulips were planted right here in Washington Park. That gift sparked the first Tulip Festival in 1948, and Albany and Nijmegen have been sister cities ever since.

Images courtesy of Albany Institute of History and Art; and Regional Archive Nijmegen and FAN, Friendship Albany-Nijmegen.
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Erected by Washington Park Conservancy.
 
Location. 42° 39.286′ N, 73° 46.222′ W. Marker is in Albany, New York, in Albany County. Marker can be reached from Washington Park Road 0.1 miles east of New Scotland Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located just south of the Moses Memorial
Marker detail: Nijmegen World War II damage image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Albany Institute of History and Art
2. Marker detail: Nijmegen World War II damage
Fountain in Washington Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Albany NY 12203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle of Henry Johnson (about 500 feet away); Boats and Music (approx. 0.2 miles away); Parading and Promenading (approx. 0.2 miles away); Albany Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (approx. mile away); Townsend Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Spanish-American War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); 10th Ward War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
 
Also see . . .  Washington Park History. The Park is the site of many community gatherings and festive events, such as the celebrated Tulip Festival, held in the Park each May. The annual event boasts over 150 different kinds of tulips, fine arts exhibits, live music & entertainment, and much more in celebration of Albany's Dutch heritage! Over 100,000 tulips in bloom! (Submitted on January 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkEntertainmentParks & Recreational AreasWar, World II
 
Marker detail: "Help Nijmegen" Ad image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Albany Institute of History and Art
3. Marker detail: "Help Nijmegen" Ad
Albany Tulip Festival Marker  <i>view looking southwest<br>(Washington Park Rd. in background)</i> image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 19, 2019
4. Albany Tulip Festival Marker view looking southwest
(Washington Park Rd. in background)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 8, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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