German-American Friendship Garden

German-American Friendship Garden (HM2EM4)

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N 38° 53.512', W 77° 2.182'

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—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

"One magnificent symbol of the bonds that tie our two great peoples together is the German-American Friendship Garden...In its growth, our own commitments to the well-being of America and Germany shall be cultivated and nurtured."
President Ronald Reagan, October 6, 1988

The first organized group of German immigrants landed on American shores on October 6, 1683. They purchased land from William Penn, proprietor of Pennsylvania, and established the village of Germantown. The Deshler-Morris House (left) is also known as the Germantown White House because President George Washington used it in the 1790s while Philadelphia served as the national capital.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan established the Presidential Commission for the German-American Tricentennial. The commission's planning included this landscape designed by Wolfgang Oehme. During German Chancellor Helmut Kohl's final White House meeting with President Reagan on November 15, 1988 (above), Kohl noted the spirit of "friendship and solidarity" this garden evokes.
HM NumberHM2EM4
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323391 N 4306747
Decimal Degrees38.89186667, -77.03636667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.512', W 77° 2.182'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 30.72" N, 77° 2' 10.92" W
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