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Name Our Cemetery Preservation Mascot!

July 26, 2012

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!

Our historic cemeteries mascot has many moods: sad for being neglected (left), angry for being vandalized (middle), and happy for being cleaned – with water, not bleach (right).

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!)

This before (left) and after (right) of a marker in the Claypool Cemetery in Linn County served as inspiration for the historic cemeteries mascot.

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.

21 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2012 9:43 am

    Seems like Rip would be a logical name. Love the before and after photos.

  2. July 26, 2012 9:48 am

    What about simply, Rip?

  3. July 26, 2012 10:09 am

    What about Ripster or the Hipster RIpster? (RIP was my first thought too)

  4. July 26, 2012 10:17 am

    Barry?

  5. W David Samuelsen permalink
    July 26, 2012 10:20 am

    Rip Van Winkle.

  6. July 26, 2012 11:48 am

    What about Collisto, after the marker the headstone was patterned after?

    Or Tommy Tombstone? Marty Monument?

    Or Magnum Opus (synonym for headstone, meaning the greatest single work)

  7. July 26, 2012 11:59 am

    I think RIP is just perfect for a name!!

  8. July 26, 2012 12:16 pm

    One more suggestion… Harry (for the obvious reasons)

  9. dolfinish permalink
    July 26, 2012 1:42 pm

    Grateful Graves

  10. Rosemary Johnson permalink
    July 26, 2012 2:57 pm

    RIP (Restoration is Preservation)
    RIP Can Twinkle
    RIPley

  11. July 26, 2012 3:25 pm

    Tombstone Billy

  12. Susan Haylock permalink
    July 26, 2012 3:55 pm

    How about Tom B. Stone or Marker Mark

  13. Richard Galloway permalink
    July 26, 2012 5:47 pm

    Ah, given that the tombstone is for a girl, shouldn’t it be a female character? Cemetery Camile, or simply Hedie?

  14. July 27, 2012 7:08 am

    RIP = Restoration In Progress

  15. Margie Vaughn - Union Co Historical Society - La Grande OR permalink
    July 27, 2012 10:34 am

    How about just “Mr. Rip”? The name chosen should compliment the intended marketing use.

  16. Lindy permalink
    July 27, 2012 12:32 pm

    Irest N. Peace

  17. Vicki Bonagofski permalink
    July 27, 2012 5:41 pm

    Monty (the Monument)

  18. Todd Kennedy permalink
    July 27, 2012 7:04 pm

    Two suggestions:

    Dave the Grave or Tommy the Tombstone

  19. Leithra Hillsbery permalink
    July 31, 2012 1:45 pm

    I think it should be called Rip Van Marker!

  20. David permalink
    August 3, 2012 11:22 am

    Mr. Peace, full name Rutherford Ignastius Peace.

  21. George permalink
    August 8, 2012 10:41 am

    How about Cemie, short and familiar for cemetery.

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