SALEM — The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking volunteers to fill two positions — one that brings the perspectives of Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes and the other on the state’s coastal region.

They are seeking people with knowledge related to and interest in cemeteries, historic preservation, genealogy, cultural and burial practices of ethnic groups found in Oregon, landscaping and native plants, and history. The commission is comprised of seven citizens. It’s role is to develop and maintain a listing of all historic cemeteries in Oregon, make recommendations for funding, obtain grant funding, seek legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries, and assist in the coordination of restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.

The group meets four times per year in different 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.

Apply by Thursday, Oct. 3 by sending a letter of interest and resume to commission coordinator Kuri Gill at kuri.gill@oregon.gov. For more information, call 503-986-0685 or visit www.oregonheritage.org.

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