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Historic cemetery events in Pendleton October 25 & 26

Oct. 9, 2018

October is historic cemetery month.  Join the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) in Pendleton on October 25 & 26 for a public meeting, presentation and workshop.  All events are free and will take place at Heritage Station Museum, 108 SW Frazer, in Pendleton.

On October 25, the OCHC will kick of the schedule with its quarterly meeting from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. The agenda includes planning for the next two years, the promotion of historic cemeteries, the historic cemetery permit process, commissioner reports, and future meetings. Interested parties may attend in person or call-in to the meeting. Meetings are accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations and translation may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance of the meeting by calling 503-986-0690.

A presentation will follow the meeting from 5:30– 6:30 p.m. on October 25 that explores events that occur in historic cemeteries to connect people with their local cemeteries. Cemeteries have a purpose for mourning and memorialization. They also hold the continuous history of the community, the cultural trends over decades and preserved natural space. The presentation will include a historic portrayal, descriptions of musical events and other events found in cemeteries in Oregon and beyond.

Finally, on October 26 from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. the commission will offer a workshop on engaging the community in historic cemeteries. Historic cemeteries rely on community support for their preservation. This workshop will cover ways to engage the community and develop a core group of supporters.

OCHC maintains a list of all historic cemeteries in the state. A cemetery must include the burial of at least one person who died before Feb. 14, 1909 to qualify as historic. The seven-member appointed commission helps people and organizations document, preserve and promote designated historic cemeteries statewide.

For more information about the grant program or the OCHC, visit www.oregonheritage.org  or contact Kuri Gill at  503-986-0685.