Today in History: Cherry Blossoms

Jefferson Memorial with cherry blossoms, Washington, D.C.
Today in History–March 27–the Library of Congress features Washington D.C.‘s cherry trees. On this day in 1912 two Yoshino cherry trees were planted on the northern bank of the Potomac River Tidal Basin by First Lady Helen Herron Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, the Japanese ambassador’s wife, to celebrate the Japanese government’s gift of 3,000 trees to the United States (the Japanese gave 3,800 more trees in 1965). In addition to the Tidal Basin, trees were planted near the site of the future Jefferson Memorial, in East Potomac Park, and on the White House grounds. Each year the U.S. capital celebrates the spring and the Japanese-American relationship with the Cherry Blossom Festival. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and reviewing the links below.

Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship online exhibition | gallery tour video

Cherry blossom primary source set

Cherry blossom image set

Cherry blossoms historical newspaper coverage

In the land of the cherry blossom 1915 book

The royal vagabond or When the cherry blossoms fall 1919 song

Cherry blossom sheet music

Library blog posts & articles

Selected Internet resources – cherry blossoms

Today in History Washington D.C.