Volunteer Needed for Historic Cemeteries Commission

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The Jacksonville Cemetery in Jackson County Oregon is among those listed as historic by the state. The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is looking for a volunteer to serve on the commission.
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The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking a volunteer to fill one open position. It will accept applications until Friday, Dec. 6. The commission is particularly seeking a representative from the central or north areas of the east side of the state, but all are encouraged to apply.

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is comprised of seven citizens and is empowered by the Legislature to develop and maintain a listing of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon. The commission makes recommendations for funding, obtains grants funding, seeks legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and assists in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.

The group meets four times per year in changing locations around the state. There may be an occasional additional meeting for extra projects, programs and grant selection. Commissioners also provide informal meetings in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time.

The state historic cemeteries program, a part of Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, maintains a list of Oregon’s historic cemeteries and offers a variety of educational, financial and technical resources for those working to preserve them. Details are available on the Oregon Heritage website or by contacting commission coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@state.or.us, or by phone at 503-986-0685.