Community Clean-up Day
Saturday, March 26, 2022
9:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Plan to join us for this Community Clean-up Day as we clean-up the cemetery grounds of winter debris. Bring leaf rakes, brooms, gas operated blowers and gloves to wear. We will be raking leaves, picking up downed branches and limbs and sweeping off head stones. Meet at the top of the Cemetery Road near the Sexton's Tool House. Eye and ear protection is recommended along with a face mask.
Marker Cleaning Workshops - 2022
The third Saturday of the month on April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20 and September 17. PLEASE NOTE: The April 16 Workshop has been cancelled due to current and forecasted weather conditions which are not favorable for marker cleaning. Thank you and hope to see you on May 21. updated 4/12/2022
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
A very Interesting and rewarding Volunteer Project
Many grave markers are covered in moss, lichen, dirt and with time, have darkened and become quite difficult to read. Our goal is not to make them look new again, rather to help preserve them for future generations by removing foreign matter that can retain moisture which can cause the stone to crack with our annual freeze and thaw cycle. Please plan to join us and learn the latest techniques and tools to safely clean these stones. This is a hands-on workshop so dress accordingly. Since this project began in 2013, volunteers have cleaned a total of 955 grave markers, along with curbing and urns, a very impressive number. You may want to bring a stool to sit on while working, sun screen and a hat. All the cleaning tools and supplies along with detailed instructions are provided. Meet at the Sexton's Tool House, top of the Cemetery Road, for instructions and to pick up supplies. For additional information or questions, call 541 826-9939 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
History Saturday in the Cemetery - 2022
We will be offering five programs this year on: Saturday, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, and September 10.
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
We are looking forward to another year of our popular History Saturday in the Cemetery Programs in Jacksonville's beautiful Pioneer Cemetery. Presentations will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. and take approximately 90 minutes. We will be offering fun, informative and interesting topics that we are sure you will enjoy. Each month a new topic will be presented followed by a short walking tour to grave sites relating to that month's topic.
This type of tour may not be suitable for the very young. No advance registration is required. Meet your Docents at the Sexton's Tool House, top of the Cemetery Road near the flagpole. Parking is available within the cemetery grounds. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.
There is no fee for the tours however, donations are greatly appreciated and help support our educational programs and restoration and preservation work within the cemetery.
A complete Program Schedule can be found under the Guided Tours section of this website.
Pre-Memorial Day Community Cemetery Clean-up Day
Friday, May 20, 2022
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
It is time to prepare the cemetery for the Memorial Day Holiday and the arrival of family, friends and visitors. Join us and other community organizations and volunteers for our Pre-Memorial Day Clean-up. Bring gloves to wear, rakes, gas operated blowers, weed eaters, and lawn mowers and meet at the Sexton's Tool House, top of the Cemetery Road. Great way to give back to the community by helping to care for one of Jacksonville's treasures.
Memorial Day - Flags for our Veterans 2022
Thursday, May 26
Each year the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery purchase flags to be placed on the grave sites of the Veterans who rest in our Silent City on the Hill. Volunteers meet and walk the grounds ensuring that each Veteran is honored for their service by placing a flag on their grave site, saying their name and thanking them for their service. The flags remain in place and are maintained until they are removed following Veterans Day on November 11, 2022.
Meet the Pioneers - 2022
Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8
We are planning and hoping that after a two-year absence due to Covid, we will be able to once again bring our wonderful players back to the cemetery grounds for another interesting and enjoyable show. Our volunteers are very excited and look forward to welcoming you back to the Silent City on the Hill and Meet the Pioneers Living History Tours.
Individual Player presentations from our previous Meet the Pioneers programs can be found on Youtube along with some Promo videos of other cemetery events and activities. Go to www. youtube.com and enter Oregon History Tales in the search box, then click on the covered wagon to view the videos. Our appreciation to Bill and Debbie Miller for making these videos available for us to share, along with our 2019 program courtesy of Arlis Duncan.
2022 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery
Two of our dedicated volunteers helping to remove flags following Veterans Day - November 2019