Historic review board lands new grant
Canby's Historic Review Board got word recently that it will receive an Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries grant to complete marker repairs and rehabilitation at Baker Prairie Cemetery.
Canby was one of 21 recipients of the 2017 OCHC grants.
"This $4,600 grant will allow us to hire a contractor with expertise in historic marker repair to finish the work we began last year," said Carol Palmer, chairperson of the Historic Review Board.
A grant awarded to the city in 2016 paid for the leveling and repair of 26 markers. The 2017 grant will fund the repair of an additional 28 markers, which includes resetting those that are tilted, replacing concrete bases, and re-attaching broken pieces.
The work will begin in the latter half of July.
"When this repair work is complete, every marker in the cemetery will be upright and intact," said Jamie Stickel, Main Street manager for Canby. "Baker Prairie is an incredible community resource that links us to our pioneer roots. It is incumbent on us to preserve it for future generations."
An additional component of the 2017 Baker Prairie Cemetery Rehabilitation Project will take place on Sept. 23. The HRB will provide training, products, and tools to volunteers willing to spend a few hours cleaning historic grave markers.
"I participated in the 2016 marker cleaning event. It was a fun and a rewarding experience and I encourage anyone who is interested to join us," said Pam Judy, Historic Review Board member.