Some volunteers are sought to help clean grave markers on Sept. 26 at Zion Memorial Cemetery in Canby

In late September, the Canby Heritage and Landmark Commission will be tending to Canby's historic cemeteries once again.

The annual event will focus on cleaning historic markers, exposing artwork and inscriptions hidden beneath layers of moss and grime. Volunteers are needed for this year's event from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Zion Memorial Cemetery.

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

This year's cleaning will take place in the historic section of Zion Memorial Cemetery, which was established in 1897 by the Zion Cemetery Association. The Canby Evangelical United Brethren Church owned and operated the cemetery until 1937 when ownership was transferred to the city.

COURTESY PHOTO: CHLC - The Sept. 26 marker cleanup will remove moss and grime from gravestones at Zion Memorial Cemetery.

The first burial took place 120 years ago.

The event will follow COVID-19 pandemic distancing rules as recommended by the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.

Marker-friendly cleaning tools and products will be provided and all volunteers will receive training on the proper procedures to ensure markers are not damaged during the cleaning process. Bottled water will be provided.

Volunteers are asked to bring a mask. If you'd like to participate, contact Judi Jarosh at 503-887-3047 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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