War Gardens Over the Top

War Gardens Over the Top (HM23SK)

Location: Washington, DC 20540
Country: United States of America

N 38° 53.28', W 77° 0.323'

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Library of Congress

World War I Era War Garden
In March 1917, the National War Garden Commission urged Americans to help its starving allies in Europe by planting vegetables on lands not generally used for gardening. Civilians across the country pitched in, converting every available parcel—from sports fields to small urban tracts—into food producing plots. In response to the Commission's energetic campaign and the combined efforts of individuals in the country, more than 3,000,000 pieces of uncultivated land were turned into war gardens. To commemorate this great communal patriotic effort—and to complement the current Library of Congress exhibition, Echoes of the Great War—three "war gardens" have been planted around the Thomas Jefferson Building. Visit the exhibition inside to find more information about American experiences during the Great War.

The Library of Congress
Commemorates World War I

Text from images on marker:
The Seeds of Victory
Ensure the Fruits of Peace

The woman's land army
of America

Veterans History Project
The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress preserves the wartime experience of U.S. veterans from World War I through the current U.S. conflicts.
Visit loc.gov/vets to learn more.

Architect of the Capitol
HM NumberHM23SK
Placed ByLibrary of Congress
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Date Added Thursday, December 14th, 2017 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 326069 N 4306259
Decimal Degrees38.88800000, -77.00538333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.28', W 77° 0.323'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 16.8" N, 77° 0' 19.38" W
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Area Code(s)202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC 20540, US
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