The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will meet at 9 a.m. July 25 at the Hallmark Inn in Newport.
On the same day at 1:00 p.m. the Commission invites you to join them and the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board (OMCB) for a community planning session on a very important topic: The Future of Cemeteries in Oregon.
Both boards have noticed a trend of the increasing difficulty of getting new volunteers step in and help keep up the continuity of non-profit and often rural cemeteries–whether a non-operating pioneer cemetery, or a small operating one. With the high cremation rates in the Northwest, even the for-profit operating cemeteries are facing concerns of increasing operating costs for ongoing maintenance without the same level of new burials and revenue coming in as before. We want to compare notes on these trends and any others identified by the community. And then discuss what roll—if any—the public sector (either of our boards, or other state, county or city) should have in addressing these trends, or, simply in helping if and when a particular cemetery becomes abandoned,
Melisa McDonald of Metro will be facilitating this very special session.
Please call or email Carla to RSVP for the afternoon session ASAP. 971.673.1507 or Carla.Knapp@state.or.us. The OMCB will hold its meeting regular meeting on July 24 at 1:00pm.
Historic cemetery and marker repair workshop to be in Toledo
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries will offer a historic cemetery and marker repair workshop July 26 in Toledo. All of the events are free and open to the public. The workshop will be at the Toledo Cemetery near the intersection of Skyline Drive and Arcadia Drive from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The free workshop will address marker assessment, cleaning, leveling and repair.
Participants should bring their own lunch, snacks, water to drink, a stool or folding chair to sit on, gloves to wear, a hat, sunscreen, appropriate clothing as this is a hands on workshop, comfortable shoes, a pen and note pad and camera if they want to take photos during the workshop.