Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries
Established in 1999, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries (OCHC) consists of seven citizens with broad knowledge of the issues relating to preservation, restoration, upkeep and advocacy for historic burial sites and their importance in Oregon history. An historic cemetery in Oregon is one in which a burial occurred before February 14, 1909, or in which someone who died before that date is buried.
The OCHC coordinates the restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries statewide.
The OCHC develops and maintains a listing of historic cemeteries and gravesites in Oregon; awards grants to protect and develop historic cemeteries; provides technical assistance on the care of grave markers, structures, railings and curbs, ironwork, fencing and plantings; and develops legislation that would benefit historic cemeteries.