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Volunteers are invited to preserve Oregon's history at Fernwood Pioneer Cemetery

May 8, 2018

Oregon’s historic cemeteries are sites of great cultural value. Discover and preserve the state’s history by joining us on May 12!  Volunteers will be removing invasive weeds, planting native flowers, removing litter, cleaning headstones, and more depending on the event location. No experience is necessary; all training will be provided. May is a big month for our historic cemeteries. Take this opportunity to learn more about your local cemetery’s history, help maintain it, and join in Memorial Day activities.
There are over a dozen sites in as many counties to choose from. To choose from a list of events, go to solveoregon.org/Oregon-historic-cemetery-cleanups or call 503-844-9571.
The Fernwood Pioneer Cemetery in Newberg was established in 1882 and includes the burials of many of the earliest emigrants to the area. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The active volunteer group of caretakers can still use more volunteers for May 12.
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries and SOLVE are partnering to organize this statewide day of service to improve our historic cemeteries.
About the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries: Established in 1999, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) consists of seven citizens with broad knowledge of the issues relating to the preservation, restoration, upkeep and advocacy for historic burial sites and their importance in Oregon history. The OCHC coordinates the restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.


About SOLVE:  SOLVE is a statewide, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to bring Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship. We are dedicated to developing relationships among different groups, individuals, and businesses in pursuit of a common goal: to protect and preserve the places that make up our uniquely beautiful home. SOLVE mobilizes one of Oregon’s largest volunteer networks to clean up our beaches, parks, neighborhoods, and other natural spaces through litter cleanups, invasive plant removal, planting native trees and shrubs, and other environmental projects. We annually support nearly 30,000 volunteers in 900 projects throughout the state. Visit solveoregon.org for more information.