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Historic cemetery commission to meet in Salem, October 17 & 18

Sept. 26, 2019

Join the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) in Salem, on October 17 & 18 for a public meeting and tour. The tour will be at Salem Pioneer Cemetery and the meeting will be at the North Mall Office Building, 725 Summer Street NE, rooms 124A & 124B.


The OCHC will kick of the schedule with the tour from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. on October 17. We will learn about preservation efforts, archaeology projects, and recognition of African American and Chinese American history in Salem.


On October 18, beginning at 8:30 a.m., OCHC will have a joint meeting and training with other heritage commissions. The agenda includes training and exploration of the state heritage and preservation plans. The OCHC regular public meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m.

The agenda includes discussion of confederate flags in historic cemeteries, commissioner reports, and future meetings. 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.


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 Kuri.gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685.