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Medford, Pendleton and Portland residents appointed to Oregon historic cemeteries commission

Oct. 3, 2017

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Director Lisa Sumption has appointed three members to the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.

Bev Power, who earlier filled a vacated term, was appointed for her first full term. Ms. Power currently manages the IOOF Eastwood Cemetery owned by the City of Medford. She has interest and knowledge in electronic mapping and technology to assist in day-to-day management of cemeteries, and has been an active member contributing several resources developed by the commission.

Milo Reed is a Portland based freelance historian who also works for the Multnomah County Library at the Rockwood Branch. He is the former Vanport Mosaic Historian in Residence and serves on the board of Oregon Black Pioneers.

Sarah Silbernagel works as an archaeologist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Pendleton, Oregon, covering nine counties in Eastern Oregon. Her love for historic cemeteries and the preservation of the past has been instilled since childhood.

"I am happy to have these three on the commission," stated Kuri Gill, coordinator for the state historic cemeteries program. "Together they bring a combination of skills and passion that will benefit our work to expand the stories of Oregon's historic cemeteries and provide tools to preserve them."

The seven-member Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries supports OPRD historic cemetery preservation efforts by offering training, educational resources, coordination and grants. Its other members are Diane Elder of Paisley, Mike Leamy of Astoria and Charlotte Lehan of Wilsonville, Mark Petrie of North Bend, and Bev Power of Medford.

For more information about the commission and the historic cemeteries program visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Historic Cemeteries Program Coordinator, Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or (503) 986-0685.