Canby's Heritage and Landmark Commission will mark its fifth season of grave marker restoration with a project on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to noon at Zion Memorial Cemetery.
Located at 2010 SE Township Road, the historic cemetery has been the sight of multiple cleaning and restoration projects in the recent past. This is the fifth straight year the HLC will be at this cemetery, and they are looking for volunteers to help clean the historic markers.
The work will expose the artwork and inscriptions hidden under layers of moss and grime. According to Carol Palmer, past chair of the HLC, "It is very rewarding to see what a difference a little work can make in the appearance of the grave markers."
The event is family-friendly, and organizers say that all are welcome to help with the project.
The cleaning will take place in the historic section of Zion Memorial Cemetery, which was established in 1897. There are 1,700 historic burials.
In partnership with 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. It's helpful to bring garden knee pads if you have them.
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