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  • Welcome to the Historic Cemeteries Program
    Register your cemetery now for the 2019 Oregon Historic Cemetery Clean-Up Day!
    SOLVE is partnering with the commission for another statewide cemetery clean-up day, Saturday, May 11, 2019.
    Sign up as a leader and get the following resources for your clean-up.
     - Advice on native plant species to plant for lower maintenance
     - Possible grants for native species to plant.
     - FREE supplies like litter bags, vinyl gloves, saftey vests and first aid kits
     - Small grants and In-Kind Donation forms for business that provide food and other supplies.
     - Volunteer recruitment, sign-up, waiver forms, confirmation emails to online registrants and liability coverage
     - Editable flyer to download
     - Project planning assistance.
    OCHC is offering webinar and in-person workshops on How to Have a Cemtery Clean-Up Day.
Useful Resources Historic Cemetery Highlights
To List a Historic Cemetery
Basic Historic Cemetery Laws
Abandoned Cemetery Work Permit
Other Resources
For research, preservation tips and more.

Cemetery Preservation & Technical Support

How to Clean Historic Markers

Cemetery Preservation

For Operating Cemeteries
Tools for historic cemeteries

Cemetery Disaster Planning Booklet, Chicora Foundation

Position Paper on irrigation released

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries' most recent position paper addresses irrigation and mowing in historic cemeteries. Often historic cemeteries must balance preservation of the historic character and monuments with sales and public perception. The commission recommends avoiding regular irrigation in most historic cemeteries. See the paper to understand their approach. Also, the National Park Service offers a fun graphic comic about the topic.

Commission to meet February 8 online

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet online at 1 p.m. Public comment is welcome call in. The agenda will be avaialble in January. See the agenda for call-in and accessibility information, for other information contact Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685.

Historic Cemetery Designation Signs Available!
A metal, 8x10 inch sign is available to each listed cemetery free of charge. Contact Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0685 to get yours.

Cemetery Caution Sign Available
One free sign is available for each cemetery listed with the
Commission. Contact Kuri Gill to get yours Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0685.
PDF_To make your own

Featured Cemetery and Grant Projects