Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, May 2017 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Thank You Volunteers—Our sincere appreciation and gratitude to all the volunteers who showed-up for our first Community Clean-up Day of the year on March 10, 2017. It was a beautiful day and a great turnout with members of the community and the Church of Latter Day Saints pitching-in to clean-up the grounds of winter debris. […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, April 2017 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Marker Cleaning Workshops will resume on Saturday, April 15 and then on June 17, and on the third Saturday of each month through Saturday, September 16. Workshops are not held in May as volunteers are busy preparing the Cemetery grounds for the Memorial Day holiday weekend activities. The marker cleaning series of workshops is a […]

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Community Clean-Up Day in the Cemetery is March 11 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News – March 2017

Community Clean-Up Day in the Cemetery is March 11, 2017—Please save-the-date and plan on joining the Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery, volunteers from the Jacksonville Boosters Club, along with other community organizations and residents, for a Spring Clean-Up of the cemetery grounds. The fun takes place on Saturday, March […]

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Our Report Card for 2016 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News – February 2017

I am pleased to report that 2016 was not only another successful year for our organization, but a very busy one, as well. Our Pioneer Cemetery continues to attract local visitors from all over the Pacific Northwest, as well as from all over the United States […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, Dec 2016/Jan 2017 – by Dirk Siedlecki

With Appreciation and Gratitude—The Madrone Theatre Company and the Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended our October fundraiser, Spoon River Anthology. Your support for our organization, our Pioneer Cemetery and the generous and dedicated cast was sincerely appreciated. The turnout for this unique and special production of Edgar […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, November 2016 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Thank you to all who were able to join us on Saturday, October 1 for our annual fall Community Clean-up Day of the Cemetery grounds. While the turnout was smaller than normal, the energy level was high! Perhaps the donuts helped, or that the rain held, or just the fact of being together and working […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, October 2016 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Well, fall is here and as things start to slow down a bit, we look back at what was a very successful summer, filled with events and activities that were well-attended and very popular. Our new Tuesday Evening Cemetery Strolls proved to be very popular and brought in many new first time visitors to the […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, September 2016 – by Dirk Siedlecki

It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end and that fall is just around the corner. It was a busy summer with a number of private tours, Tuesday Evening Strolls, History Saturday in the Cemetery, and our monthly Marker Cleaning Workshops. New this year, the Tuesday Evening Strolls, proved to be very […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, August 2016 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Before telling you about this month’s events and activities, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of a very special lady and friend, Dee Moore, who died on June 26. Dee was a very strong supporter of our Pioneer Cemetery and of everything historic in Jacksonville. She served on the Board […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, July 2016 – by Dirk Siedlecki

A BIG Thank You—Thank you with sincere appreciation and gratitude to everyone who was able to help with our pre-Memorial Day Community Clean-up of the cemetery grounds on Saturday, May 21. It was wonderful and refreshing to see a number of new faces helping out. We had a great turn-out and so much was accomplished: […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, June 2016 – by Dirk Siedlecki

History Saturday, June 11, 10:00-11:30am—Please join the Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery for our second program of the year, “The Chinese: Their Role in Jacksonville’s History,” presented by Docents Lynn Ransford and Anne Peugh. This program promises to be very interesting and informative. Following the talk, there will be a short walking tour to grave […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, May 2016 by Dirk Siedlecki

Cemetery Stroll, Tuesday, May 10, 6:30-8:00pm—Join us for an all-new event, an early-evening stroll in the cemetery grounds to visit different sections of the Jacksonville Cemetery and learn more about the history of various fraternal and religious organizations comprising these final resting places. This month, we will visit a number of gravesites located in the […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, April 2016 – by Dirk Siedlecki

As the weather begins to warm up and things start to dry out a bit, our work in the cemetery is just beginning. Grounds clean-up and maintenance, marker restoration, and marker cleaning are but a few of our spring and summer chores. Thank you to all who were able to join us on Saturday, March […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, March 2016 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Upcoming Activities & Events—We are planning another year filled with activities and events that we hope you’ll find interesting, enjoyable and worthwhile! Your continued help in caring for and supporting our beautiful Pioneer Cemetery is sincerely appreciated.

Help with Cleaning-up the Cemetery Grounds—Our first Community Clean-up Day of 2016 will be on Saturday, March 12, from […]

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Meet the Pioneers 2015: A Very Successful 10th-Anniversary Program – by Dirk Siedlecki

Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News – Dec 2015/Jan 2016

It was an amazing 10th-Anniversary program with tickets selling-out two weeks before the event that took place on October 9 and 10. Working from a standby list and finding spots for people who showed-up at the event, we were able to accommodate most requesting to take the tour. […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, November 2015 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Cemetery Clean-Up Days – Thank You From The Friends—Our sincere appreciation to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for all that they accomplished in helping to clean-up the cemetery grounds on Saturday, September 19. Volunteers painted, pruned, picked-up branches, raked and bagged leaves. There were close to sixty people, many family members, who […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, October 2015 – by Dirk Siedlecki

An Extraordinary Volunteer—The Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery have been most fortunate to have local resident Pam Means caring for the entire Jewish Section by herself.

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, September 2015 – by Dirk Siedlecki

History Saturday in the Cemetery, Saturday, September 12 at 10:00am—Please join us for our final History Saturday program of the year as we explore Educators and Early Education in the Rogue Valley. This interesting and fun 90-minute program will be presented by Lynn Ransford and Pat Stancel and will also include a short walking tour […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, August 2015 – by Dirk Siedlecki

History Saturday in the Cemetery, August 8—Now in its 5th year, this very popular and well-attended program is offered on the second Saturday of each month, May through September. The 90-minute presentation includes a history talk followed by a short walking tour to grave sites relating to the featured subject. The August topic will be, […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, July 2015 – by Dirk Siedlecki

History Saturday in the Cemetery, July 11—Join us on Saturday, July 11 at 10:00am for a very moving and interesting program, “The Civil War Comes to an End,” presented by Robert Hight and Gail Nicholson. This special program, in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the end of our Nation’s Civil War, will include a […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, June 2015 – by Dirk Siedlecki

History Saturday in the Cemetery, June 13—Please join us on Saturday, June 13 at 10:00am, and the Second Saturday of the month through September 12, for History Saturday in the Jacksonville Cemetery. June’s Topic will be “Untimely and Unfortunate Passings,” presented by Docents Ellen Martin and Anne Peugh. Their talk will also include a walking […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, May 2015 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Thank You Volunteers—A big thank you and much appreciation goes out to the 30-plus volunteers who turned-out on Saturday, March 14, for our first of three yearly Community Clean-up Days of the Cemetery grounds. It was a beautiful spring day and so much was accomplished thanks to the hard work of all our volunteers. Members […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, April 2015 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Cemetery Marker Cleaning and Workshops Resume on April 18, 2015—Join us for a fun and worthwhile volunteer project helping clean grave markers in our Pioneer Cemetery. This will be our third year offering these workshops with our trained volunteers helping to clean and preserve the markers. In 2013 and 2014, volunteers cleaned 244 markers, which […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, March 2015 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Cemetery Clean-Up Day is Saturday, March 14, 9:00am-Noon—Be sure to mark your calendars and join us, the Jacksonville Boosters and other community organizations for a few hours of work cleaning-up the cemetery grounds. Bring gloves to wear, leaf rakes, gas-operated blowers, pruning shears, brooms, eye and ear protection, and help us clean-up winter debris. We […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, February 2015 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Our Volunteer Efforts are Noticed and Appreciated—Thanks to all of our wonderful and dedicated volunteers, 2014 was another very busy and productive year for the Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery. We received a number of very generous year-end donations that will help support some major projects that are being considered for the New Year. With […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, Dec 2014/Jan 2015 – by Dirk Siedlecki

As we enter the winter months, our outdoor activities and work slows down, although we continue to clean-up the cemetery grounds, pick-up downed limbs and branches and clean-up debris to keep the cemetery neat and tidy and safe for all visitors. We’ll keep the Interpretive Panels clean and the Interpretive Center open and brochure boxes […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, November 2014 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Thank you to all the volunteers who joined us for our fall clean-up day of the cemetery grounds on Saturday, October 4. I’d especially like to thank Steve Casaleggio and Linda Kestner who hauled-away 65 bags of leaves to be used as mulch, and Erik from Public Works who picked-up many more piles of leaves […]

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Meet the Pioneers Returns to the “Silent City on the Hill”

Mark your calendars for the return of this very popular and crowd-pleasing Jacksonville event, Meet the Pioneers on October 10 & 11, 4:00-7:30pm. This will be our 9th-annual presentation which has played to sell-out crowds over the years. Take one of these special guided Living History walking tours through the torch-lit cemetery grounds where Spirits […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, October 2014 – by Dirk Siedlecki

Tree Removal—In late August and early September, several people commented about trees that had been cut-down within the cemetery grounds. To explain, there were a number of dead madrone trees and a couple of diseased pines the City had removed. While it’s sad to lose trees, occasional removal is an important factor in providing safety […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, September 2014 – by Dirk Siedlecki

WITH OUR APPRECIATION—Thank you and much appreciation to all of you who were able to join us on Monday, July 28 for our Day of Remembrance marking the 100th-anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. I would especially like to thank those joining me as presenters: Pastor Richard Evans, Bob Budesa, Vivienne Grant, […]

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Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery News, August 2014 – by Dirk Siedlecki

First-ever Book on Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery Just Published—I am very pleased to announce that the first book ever written and published about Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery, Silent City on the Hill, is now available thanks to Bill Miller, who along with the assistance of his wife Debbie, have turned years of research and a love of […]

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Cemetery Marker Cleaning Workshop – Saturday, July 19

If you are looking for a fun and interesting volunteer project, be sure to join us on Saturday, July 19 at 9:00am and learn how to properly and safely clean cemetery grave markers and memorials.

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Special Day of Remembrance and Memorial Service

Special Day of Remembrance and Memorial Service, Monday, July 28—Please join us for this special day of Remembrance and Memorial Service to mark the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of World War I, also known as the Great War or The World War. During the event, a prayer service will be offered by Pastor Richard […]

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