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Volunteers are invited to preserve Oregon's history at Ramsey Cemetery in Portland

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.
 
Ramsey Cemetery in St. Johns includes the burial of Fred Ramsey an early emigrant who came to the area in 1844. The cemetery’s recent history reveals the ebb and flow of care experienced by many historic cemeteries. Take the opportunity to improve the Ramsey Cemetery’s condition today.
 
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. Learn more at solveoregon.org.