Oregon Historic Cemeteries Commission seeks new members

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The following is an Oregon Parks and Recreation Department news release:

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking volunteers to fill two open positions.

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; to make recommendations for funding, obtain grants funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and to assist 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 are also asked to provide informal meetings in their regions and work on other projects outside of meeting time.

The commission is particularly seeking representatives from the northeast part of the state and the Portland area, but all are encouraged to apply. Please apply before Sept. 15.

More information about the Historic Cemeteries program is available online at www.oregonheritage.org . Please send a letter of interest and resume to commission coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov. Please include your reasons for wanting to serve on the commission, any skills or knowledge you will bring to their work, and ideas or goals you have for your participation. If you have further questions email Gill or call her at 503-986-0685.

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