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Fourth annual Canby Heritage and Landmark Commission project will again be at Zion Memorial Cemtery

For the fourth year, the Canby Heritage and Landmark Commission will hold a marker cleaning event at Zion Memorial Cemetery.

This year's event will be Saturday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at the cemetery, 2010 SE Township Road in Canby.

COURTESY PHOTO: CANBY HLC - On Saturday, Sept. 25, volunteers are sought for a marker cleaning project at Zion Memorial Cemetery in Canby.

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

"it is very rewarding to see what a difference a little work can make in the appearance of the grave markers," Carol Palmer, past chair of the CHLC, noted.

The cleaning will take place in the historic section of Zion Memorial Cemetery, which was established in 1897. The Canby Evangelical United Brethren Church owned and operated the cemetery until 1937 when ownership was transferred to the city. There are 1,700 historic burials.

COURTESY PHOTO: CANBY HLC - Underneath the moss and other materials that have formed on the markers is some interesting Canby history.

The registration desk will be set-up on the south side near Township. COVID-19 distancing protocols will be followed as recommended by the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries. 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. Bottled water will be provided. Volunteers are asked to take a mask.

For more information, 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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