Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery
ABOUT OUR WORK IN THE CEMETERY
What our dedicated and loyal volunteers do to support the goals of our non-profit organization. Looking back at a very successful year of accomplishments for 2018.
Grounds Maintenance - Thanks to our volunteers, those from other organizations and the community, we were able to host three successful Community Clean-up Days, March 31, May 19 and September 29, 2018. Students from the Madrone Charter School joined us for the September 29, Clean-up Day. We were also fortunate to have the Cub Scouts from Medford Pack 1 and 105 to help clean-up the grounds on April 22, 2018, as well as students from Medford Central High School on September 26 and 27, 2018. In addition to the regular grounds clean-up one of our volunteers trimmed and pruned trees in the City Section of the cemetery. We were also able to start trimming a number of Boxwood hedges. Approximately 400 hours of volunteer time went into helping to care for the cemetery grounds.
Note: Please check our Events Page for the 2019 Community Clean-up dates and details.
Marker Restoration - Very happy to report that we made some major headway into marker restoration work this past year. Despite a summer filled with smoke 41 markers and monuments were restored. Repairs ranged from the fairly simple resetting and leveling bases, to the more complex and difficult work of putting pieces back together and basically rebuilding the marker. Eleven of those markers were ones that had been vandalized many years ago and placed in storage for safe keeping. All have been placed back on their grave sites where they belong. A total of 232 volunteer hours were contributed to this restoration work. If you would be interested in learning and helping us with this type of cemetery restoration work, let us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marker Cleaning Workshops - It was another successful year of cleaning headstone and monuments by our volunteers during our monthly workshops, April, and June through September. They cleaned 109 monuments and contributed 182 hours of volunteer time this past year despite having to cancel our workshop in August due to heavy smoke. Since these workshops began in 2013, volunteers have cleaned 672 markers. A very impressive endeavor and appreciated even more so, as you walk the grounds
Note:Be sure to check our Events Page for Workshop dates for 2019.
Cemetery History Programs - Our History Saturday in the Cemetery and our Tuesday Evening Cemetery Stroll programs continue to be popular, however attendance in 2018 was definitely down as a result of all the smoke in the Rogue Valley. Our History Saturday program averaged around 28 people attending while the Tuesday Strolls averaged approximately 18 people. Our volunteer docents contributed 70 hours in presenting their programs. This does not include the time they spent researching or preparing for their actual presentations. We plan to offer both of these programs in 2019.
Note: See the Events and Guided Tours page for dates and details.
Group Tours - Our docents also provided some interesting tours for groups requesting to visit the cemetery such as, the Ashland Siskiyou School, Weatherly Inn, Medford Visitors and Information Center, SOU Exchange Students and Central Medford High School. A total of 128 hours was contributed by our docents leading these tours.
Note: To request a special tour please send an email to email@example.com
Honoring our Veterans - Each year the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery purchase flags to be placed on each grave site of the Veterans who rest within our cemetery. Volunteers place the flags just before Memorial Day and then remove them in November following Veterans Day. They also staff the cemetery grounds on Memorial Day weekend to assist visitors with locating grave sites. A total of 100 hours was donated by these volunteers for this cause.
Note: See our Events Page for details.
Meet the Pioneers - Our one and only annual fund raiser, Meet the Pioneers Living History Tours, takes place each October and in 2018 some 450 hours of volunteer time was directed toward this two day event. These hours do not reflect the time spent researching and selecting the stories by our Research Committee, or all the time the Players spent in rehearsals and finalizing their scripts.
Note: See our Meet the Pioneers and Events Page for all the dates and details.