[Heritage] Historic Cemeteries Commission offers safety signs

Kuri Gill kuri.gill at state.or.us
Wed Aug 21 14:04:35 PDT 2013

 Historic Cemeteries Commission offers safety signs
The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries announces the availability
of cemetery safety caution signs for historic cemeteries listed with the
Commission. During the summer of 2012 several national stories of
injuries and deaths in cemeteries lead the Commission to release
position paper regarding unstable markers and other cemetery features.
Further discussion and inspiration from Commissioner Mike Leamy of
Astoria led to the creation of a sign to warn cemetery visitors to the
weight and instability of cemetery features, even in well-maintained
This sign project complements another program that provides signs
denoting the historic designation of the cemetery. 
“The Commission tries to focus on practical services and programs for
historic cemeteries.” noted Commissioner Dirk Siedlecki. “This simple
sign will remind people to use caution both for safety and for
preservation of the markers.”
State law established the seven-member commission to maintain a listing
of all historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; promote public
education on the significance of historic cemeteries; and help obtain
financial and technical assistance for restoring, improving and
maintaining their appearances. One sign is available, free of charge, to
each historic cemetery listed with the Commission.
To find out if a cemetery is listed, list a cemetery or get a sign
visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Kuri Gill at
Kuri.Gill at state.or.us or 503-986-0685. 
Kuri Gill
Oregon Heritage
725 Summer St. NE, Suite C
Salem, OR 97301-1266
(503) 986-0685
(503) 986-0793 (fax)
kuri.gill at state.or.us
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