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The Heritage and Landmark Comission holds another grave marker cleaning event at Zion Mennonite Cemetery

Canby's Heritage and Landmark Commission (HLC) held its fourth historic grave marker cleaning event on Saturday, Sept. 21. Fourteen volunteers gathered at Zion Memorial Cemetery and cleaned 103 markers in the historic section of the property.

The volunteers included interested citizens, several Canby organizations – Kiwanis, Canby Area Beautification, Canby High School, and Canby Historical Society – in addition to six members of the HLC.

COURTESY PHOTO: HERITAGE & LANDMARK COMMISSION - Sept. 21 was a busy day at the Zion Memorial Cemetery as volunteers spent time cleaning and reconditioning old grave markers at the cemetery. Canby's Heritage Landmark Commission has held four of these gravestone cleaning events thus far, this time cleaning 103 markers in the cemetery.

According Kelly Harms, HLC member, "It was great to have so many people involved. We were able to accomplish more than we planned. The historic section of Zion Memorial is extremely large and will need several more cleaning events to make a noticeable difference."

Judi Jarosh, HLC lead for the event, also spearheaded collection of marker dates so that previously missing cemetery data is updated for future reference.

According to Jarosh, "With support from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, it's expected that annual events such as this will continue to uncover artwork and inscriptions, preserve the markers and prolong their life."


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