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Cemeteries sought for statewide cleanup

April 4, 2018

Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is partnering with SOLVE to bring cemetery cleanups into the statewide Oregon Historic Cemetery Cleanup Day. Many of these cemeteries were established in the 1800s and are in need of helping hands to remove invasive weeds and woody debris, clean headstones and assist in other tasks.  Cemeteries all over the state, Canby to Coos Bay to Gold Hill will spruced up before Memorial Day. The cleanup is scheduled for May 12.

If you would like help getting volunteers out to your cemetery cleanup, join us for this statewide event. To have your cemetery included as a selection for volunteers, Contact Monica Gunderson at monica@solveoregon.org or over the phone at (503) 844-9571 ext. 336. Volunteers can also sign up now.

State law established the seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and obtain financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and maintaining their appearances. For information about the commission, contact coordinator Kuri Gill at 503-986-0685 or by e-mail: Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov.