The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking volunteers to fill two open positions. The commission 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. An occasional additional meeting may be scheduled 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.

More information about the Historic Cemeteries program is available online at www.oregonheritage.org. Send a letter of interest and resume to commission coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov before Sept. 15. Applicants should include reasons for wanting to serve on the commission, any skills or knowledge they will bring to their work, and ideas or goals they have for their participation.

For more information, email Gill or call her at 503-986-0685.

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