Name Our Cemetery Preservation Mascot!
By Kuri Gill
The people caring for Oregon’s historic cemeteries have unique character: they are immersed in local history, they work purely out of respect for those that came before them, and they have a sense of humor and playfulness.
Now, the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is offering them a character. We introduce to you the new Oregon historic cemeteries mascot!
The character was inspired by a photo submitted with an incredible grant project completed by the Community Services Consortium of Corvallis. The organization brought a youth work crew into a cemetery and rescued it from blackberries and the risk of being forgotten for all time. Among their discoveries was one sweet, small marker covered by long, shaggy moss – a true little monster. The youth, of course, cleaned off the damaging growth (using water only!)
The cartoon character based upon that small marker will appear in most of the Oregon historic cemeteries program publications and web spots. But first this character needs a name.
So, please, help us give this character a name. Submit a name, or two. Puns are welcome. From among the many suggestions, Oregon Heritage will select three names as finalists. Those final names will be posted on the Oregon Heritage Facebook page where you can vote for your favorite name.
As you suggest names, just keep in mind that the cleaned-up character will be bald.
So take a moment, think about a potential name, and post it in the comments below.
Kuri Gill is the Historic Cemeteries Coordinator for Oregon Heritage.