The Heritage and Landmark Commission is looking for volunteer help for the yearly project at Zion Memorial Cemetery

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.

COURTESY PHOTO: HLC - Volunteers are being sought for a grave marker cleaning  project at Zion Mennonite Cemetery in Canby on Sept. 24.

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.

COURTESY PHOTO: HLC - A look at the difference in a grave marker once it has been cleaned.

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.

If you have questions, please contact Judi Jarosh by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.

Have a thought or opinion on the news of the day? Get on your soapbox and share your opinions with the world. Send us a Letter to the Editor!