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State Historic Cemeteries Commission seeks new member

May 14, 2014

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking a volunteer to fill one open position.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is comprised of seven citizens and is empowered by the legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon; to make recommendations for funding, obtain grants funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and to assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.

The group meets four times per year in changing locations around the state. There may be an occasional additional meeting for extra projects, programs and grant selection. Commissioners are also asked to provide informal meetings in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time.

The commission is particularly seeking a representative from the south Willamette Valley, but all are encouraged to apply. Please apply before June 15.

The state historic cemeteries program, a part of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, maintains a list of Oregon's historic cemeteries and offers a variety of educational, financial and technical resources for those working to preserve them. Details are available online at www.oregonheritage.org or by contacting commission coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov , or by phone at 503-986-0685.