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Heritage and Landmark Commission will be at Zion Memorial Cemetery May 12 and needs volunteers

The Canby Heritage and Landmark Commission will hold a clean-up event at one of Canby's historic cemeteries.

This year's event will be held Saturday, May 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Zion Memorial Cemetery at 2010 SE Township Road.

The registration desk will set up near the mausoleum on the north side of the cemetery.

The group is looking for volunteers who want to help clean historic markers, exposing the artwork and inscriptions hidden under layers of moss and grime.

Carol Palmer and Pam Judy clean markers at Baker Prairie Cemetery in 2017.

According to Carol Palmer, chair of the CHLC, "it is very rewarding to see what a difference a little work can make in the appearance of the grave marker. Many have not been cleaned in decades."

The Canby Evangelical United Brethren Church owned and operated the cemetery until 1937 when ownership was transferred to the city. The first burial took place 120 years ago.

As was the case last year, the commission is participating in a statewide clean-up co-sponsored by the SOLVE organization and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries. Unlike past marker cleaning events, this one is scheduled in early May in support of Memorial Day activities.

Marker friendly cleaning tools and cleaning products will be provided. All volunteers will receive training on the proper procedures to ensure markers are not damaged during the cleaning process. Coffee and donuts will be available.

According to Pam Judy, an HLC member who participated in the two previous cleaning events, "it is nice to know that we are using products, tools, and techniques that will not harm the markers."

To participate, sign up at https://www.solveoregon.org/opportunity/a0C1I000002IApr or contact Carol Palmer at 503-504-2638, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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