Thank you to our outstanding cast, our dedicated volunteers and all of you who attended our 2019 production. It was an amazing and inspiring program. Thank you for your continued support for the work of the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery. 

Dirk J. Siedlecki 10/13/2019


Please Note: The Board of Directors has decided that in the best interest of all our volunteers, guests and the community, to cancel this year's Meet the Pioneers program. There are just too many unknowns and uncertainties going forward with the current corona virus. The concerns on behalf of the medical community for a possible second wave in the fall, is just too big and an unnecessary a risk for us to take. While it was a difficult decision, given the popularity of this program, it is the responsible and proper action for us to take. We sincerely appreciate your understanding and support and hopefully we will see you in October 2021, in the Silent Coty on the Hill. In the meantime please stay safe, be well and lets take care of one another.

April 23, 2020   


Please mark you calendars and plan to join us on Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3, 2020 when Meet the Pioneers returns to the Silent City on the Hill. Tickets will go on sale beginning Wednesday, September 2, 2020. This unique and fun program which began in 2006, has been playing to sell-out audiences each year since. The tour dates are Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3, 2020. The first tour each day will depart at 4:00 p.m. then every fifteen minutes until the last tour at 6:30 p.m. Additional information with regard to this event and how and where to purchase tickets will be made available as we get closer to the date of the event. We look forward to welcoming you to this year's Meet the Pioneers. 

This annual event is a fund raiser for the Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery with proceeds supporting ongoing restoration and preservation projects, as well as our educational programs. 

The wonderful cast of Meet the Pioneers 2019, Photo courtesy of Ken Gregg 



               HISTORIC CEMETERY

Friends of Jacksonville's Historic Cemetery

You may view individual Player presentations from our past Meet the Pioneers Programs, along with some Promo videos of cemetery events and activities, by going to and enter Oregon History Tales in the search box, then click on the covered wagon to view individual videos. Our appreciation to Bill and Debbie Miller for making these videos available for us to share with you, as well as to Arlis Duncan, for her video of our 2019 program.