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News Release
State historic cemeteries commission seeks volunteer representatives from the Willamette Valley and southern Oregon - 11/21/22

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) is seeking two new members, one for the position representing Southern Oregon and one representing the Willamette Valley. 

The Commission is seeking a member with knowledge related to, or interest in:

  • cemeteries;
  • historic preservation;
  • genealogy;
  • cultural and burial practices of ethnic groups found in Oregon;
  • landscape and native plants; and
  • history.

In particular the commission is seeking at least one person who works with a cemetery actively doing burials. 

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is comprised of seven citizens. It is empowered by the Legislature to maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries in Oregon, make recommendations for funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide. The commission has developed many online resources, offers workshops, and promotes the value of historic cemeteries through storytelling.

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

To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to commission coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oprd.oregon.gov or 503-986-0685. Please include your reasons for wanting to serve on the commission, any skills or knowledge you will bring to its work, and ideas or goals you have for your participation. Please submit your information before January 9, 2023. 

More information about the Historic Cemeteries program is available online at www.oregonheritage.org.

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