Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery
Our latest project is a Cemetery Kiosk to assist visitors in locating the grave sites of loved ones without having to wait for help from our Cemetery Sexton or one of our volunteers. The picture on the left is of our new Cemetery Kiosk pavilion which was totally funded by a very generous memorial donation. The picture on the right is of one of the block number signs that have been placed throughout the City's section of the cemetery. We also received a generous memorial donation towards this portion of the project. Both of these donations, along with others, allowed us to get this project under way much sooner than expected. Currently we are working with Benchmark Maps of Medford, Oregon to develop a new map that will show all the sections of the cemetery, as well as the location of the cemetery blocks. Once completed the map will be located in the center of the pavilion. A book with a listing of all known burials in the cemetery will be located inside the Interpretive Center, located next to the pavilion. Those looking to locate a grave site will be able to look up the name and find the section, block and plot number where the deseased is buried. Then by looking at the map and following the block number signs locate the correct grave site. Future plans call for us to expand this project to the other sections of the cemetery as well as an electronic kiosk.
All this work takes money and while our fund raisers and an occasional grant help, it is the generous donations from friends, families and residents that help us to continue with our work. Donations support our mission to Restore, Preserve, Document, and Safeguard our Cemetery for Future Generations. The Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery is a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) nonprofit corporation and all donations are tax-deductible. You may designate your donation for specific projects, such as restoration work, grounds maintenance projects, or educational programs. Please make your checks payable to the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery (FOJHC) and mail to P.O. Box 1541, Jacksonville, Oregon 97530. Your donation will be acknowledged with our sincere appreciation and a receipt.
Another way to support the work of the FOJHC and remember a family member or friend is through a Memorial Gift in their name. A donation to the FOJHC also makes a unique and meaningful gift for that special person celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other occasion and who cares about history and preservation.
The FOJHC is a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust. A donation to the FOJHC followed by a matching gift to the Cultural Trust allows you to claim your tax credit and help two great Oregon Organizations. Please visit their web site at: www.culturaltrust.org for complete details.
Our sincere appreciation and gratitude to all who have continued to support our work through your generous donations. Thank you as well for your thoughtful and kind words acknowledging the care the cemetery has received, and the wonderful work that has been accomplished by our volunteers.
Please call 541 826-9939 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns you may have regarding donations. Thank you for your consideration and support.
The Cemetery Sexton and the City of Jacksonville are responsible for the overall care of the roadways and the grounds within the City Section, and do their very best to maintain other sections of the cemetery. Their efforts are greatly supported by volunteers and the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery. We host Community Clean-up Days to keep the grounds neat and safe for all who visit, as well as city workers and volunteers. In between the major clean-up days, smaller mini clean-ups are carried out on a regular basis and throughout the year.
Trained volunteers continue to restore and preserve grave markers, curbing, fencing, and decorative urns and bollards. Additionally, volunteers clean markers in order to make them easier to read and more important, to preserve them for future generations. See the About and Our Volunteers pages on this web site for details.