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 of the Jacksonville Boosters Club, the Masonic Lodge, and community volunteers joined the Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery in helping to rake leaves, prune rose bushes and stack downed branches and limbs. We had some new volunteers join us and it was great meeting you and having you work alongside us in caring for our Pioneer Cemetery. See details below for our next Community Clean-up day scheduled for Saturday, May 16.
FOJHC Website—We’ve added a new page, Visitor Feedback, to our website at www.friendsjvillecemetery.org. We receive such great feedback and wonderful comments from visitors to the Cemetery that we thought it would be nice to share them with everyone. Visitors have the opportunity to sign the Guest Register located in the Interpretive Center and we appreciate them taking the time to do so.
May Cemetery Events and Activities:
History Saturday, May 9, 10:00am—History Saturday in Jacksonville returns on Saturday, May 9, and this year’s Cemetery program will kick-off with Victorian Etiquette, presented by Docents Joan Hess and Vivienne Grant. From birth to death, you’ll hear about many of the customs and practices during the Victorian Era. Our program will start at 10:00am and take approximately 90 minutes to complete and will include a short walking tour. Please meet your docents at the top of the Cemetery Road at the Sexton’s Tool House. There is parking available within the cemetery grounds so please feel free to drive up the hill and park around the traffic circle. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. There is no charge to attend and advance reservations are not required. Donations may be made and help us with restoration and preservation of the cemetery and the educational programs we offer. Donations may be placed in the brochure box next to the Interpretive Center, given to one of our docents, or sent to FOJHC at P.O. Box 1541 Jacksonville, OR 97530. We thank you for your consideration and ask you to please visit our website for a complete schedule and featured monthly topics. The Beekman House and Bank will also be open for tours during Jacksonville’s History Saturday. See details on previous page.
Cemetery Community Clean-up Day, May 16, 8:00am to Noon—Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us, members of the Boosters Club, and other community volunteers in helping prepare the cemetery grounds for the Memorial Day Holiday. Since the weather is a little warmer in May, we will start at 8:00am and work until noon-time. If you are not available for the entire time period noted, please feel free to work as much as you can afford to give us. Bring gloves to wear, eye protection, (dust masks and ear protection will be available) leaf rakes, pruners, gas-operated lawn mowers, weed eaters and blowers if you have them. Freshly-brewed coffee and morning refreshments will be provided along with our sincere gratitude and appreciation.
Marker Cleaning and Workshop—Please note that due to other activities associated with preparing the Cemetery for the Memorial Day Holiday, there will be no Marker Cleaning or Workshop in May. They will resume on June 20, and the third Saturday of the each month through September 19, from 9:00am-Noon. Please see our website for complete details.
Memorial Day Meet and Greet, May 24, and May 25, 11:00am-3:00pm—Volunteers with the Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery will be placing flags on the graves of all the Veterans buried in the Jacksonville Cemetery to honor them and thank them for their service to our Country. Then on Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25, during the hours of 11:00am-3:00pm, volunteers will be in the Cemetery to greet families and friends and assist them with locating gravesites of loved ones. Volunteers will also be available to answer questions about the cemetery and our organization. Please remember our Veterans and those men and women currently serving our Country.
Be sure to visit our website for additional details and information about all of our Events and Activities at www.friendsjvillecemetery.org.