Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery
About Our Work in The Cemetery
Looking Back At Our Accomplishments
Thanks to our Volunteers, and with the support
of the Jacksonville's Boosters Club and other
community organizations and volunteers, we
had a pretty good year. We hosted three
Community Clean-up Days, on March 19,
May 21, and October 1, 2016. Approximately
450 hours of volunteer time was contributed in
caring for the cemetery grounds.
Note: Please see the Events Page for the 2017 Community Clean-up dates and details.
Unfortunately, we didn't get as much accomplished in the area of marker restoration work in 2016, as we have in the past. We did manage to repair and restore a total of six markers which is very important however, many more need our attention. Around 20 hours of volunteer time was set aside for this work. We are in need of some volunteers who would be interested in learning how to level, reset and repair broken markers. This type of work is most often accomplished during the months of May through September. If you would be interested in helping out please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
It was another successful and busy year for our enthusiastic volunteers who see to the cleaning of the grave markers. In 2016, a total of 169 hours and 110 markers were cleaned on the third Saturday of the month in April, June, July, August and September. Since our Marker Cleaning Workshops began in 2013, our dedicated volunteers have cleaned a total of 452 markers. A very impressive number and one you'll notice and appreciate as you walk the grounds.
Note: Please see the Events Page for the 2017 Workshop dates and other details.
History Saturday In the Cemetery programs which we began in 2011, continue to be very popular with locals as well as out of town visitors. New in 2016, our Tuesday Evening Cemetery Stroll's, have been very popular as well. We averaged around 35 visitors attending each of these events. Our volunteer docents contributed 115 hours in presenting their programs. This time does not include their hours of work doing research and putting their presentations together. Both programs will return in 2017.
Note: Check our Events & Guided Tours Page for details.
Our Docents also provided some fun and interesting visits to the cemetery for a number of groups
requesting special guided tours. The Medford Presbyterian Church, Talent Elementary School, Grants Pass Aspire, Oregon West Tours, and the Eagle Point High School were just some of our visitors in 2016. In total some 300 people took these special tours with our docents contributing 74 hours of time in leading the tours. Each tour is designed for the specific group to make it more interesting and informative.
Note: To arrange for a special tour please visit our Guided Tour Page for details.
As promised, our Annual Meet the Pioneers Program will be returning on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7, 2017. As many of you know we took a year off and are currently planning this year's event. We sincerely appreciate and thank you for supporting this very successful program and look forward to welcoming you back in October.
Note: See our Meet the Pioneers and Events Page for all the details.
Looking forward to having you join us as a volunteer or perhaps attending one or more of our events or activities in 2017.