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, Robert Hight, Bill and Debbie Miller, and the Oregon Military Funeral Honor Guard. It was a beautiful memorial service honoring the 73 World War One veterans resting in the cemetery and all those, both military and civilians, around the world who lost their lives during this “war to end all wars.” Thanks to Bill Miller, the program was filmed, and we plan on showing it, along with one on Memorial Day in Jacksonville and the Cemetery in the near future. Be sure to watch for further notices regarding a date and time here in the Review.
HISTORY SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13—Start History Saturday in Jacksonville with a talk followed by a short walking tour in Jacksonville’s Pioneer Cemetery. This month’s topic is, “Minorities of the Time—Minorities in Jacksonville and the Rogue Valley in the 1800’s.” The program will begin at 10:00am and be presented by Joan Hess and Pat Stancel. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes and meet at the Sexton’s Tool House at the top of the Cemetery Road. Parking is available within the cemetery grounds. The program is free, however, donations are always appreciated and help support the work of our organization. This will be the final program for the year but plans are already underway for 2015. Thank you for attending our History Saturday Program this year and making it such a great success.
MARKER CLEANING & WORKSHOP, SEPTEMBER 20—It’s not too late to learn and help out! This will be our last Marker Cleaning Workshop for the year but we’ll be back at it next year. We meet at the Sexton’s Tool House at 9:00am and work until 12noon, or whenever you have had enough fun. Dress accordingly as you may get a little splatter of water on you! Bring a chair or stool to sit on, sunscreen, and a hat. All tools and supplies will be provided along with a lot of appreciation.
MEET THE PIONEERS: TICKETS GO ON SALE SEPTEMBER 10!—As autumn returns to Jacksonville, so does our annual Meet the Pioneers program. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, September 10, at the Jacksonville Visitor Information Center located next to the Post Office. This will be our 9th year of offering these very special, unique and interesting tours of the Jacksonville Cemetery. Tour dates are Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11, with tours departing every 15 minutes between the hours of 4:00pm and 7:30pm. Reservations are based on the departure time of the tour you wish to take. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $5 for children (12 and under) Special Family Ticket $29 (two adults and up to 3 children. As always, there will be new stories this year!
NEW BOOK BY BILL MILLER, “SILENT CITY ON THE HILL”—Don’t forget, the first-ever book written and published about Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery is now available. Thanks to Bill and Debbie Miller, the proceeds from the sale of the book will support the work of the Friends of Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery. The book costs $14.95 and may be purchased at upcoming cemetery events and activities or ordered online at www.createspace.com/4848293.
Featured image is of Day of Remembrance presenters at Jacksonville’s Historic Cemetery on Monday, July 28, 2014.