And the Winner is . . .
When the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries announced it had adopted a cemetery preservation mascot to encourage responsible public involvement in Oregon’s approximately 800 historic cemeteries and needed the public’s help in choosing a name for the character, you responded! Nearly 30 people suggested more than 30 unique names for the mascot. More than 75 people voted for their favorite name from the final four selected by Oregon Heritage staff.
Thank you to everyone who suggested a name for the mascot and voted in the poll either on Oregon Heritage Exchange or on Facebook.
Without further ado, the name for the cemetery preservation mascot as chosen by the heritage community is . . . Ripley! It was a very, very close vote, with the name “Ripley” winning with 41 percent of the vote to edge out the three other finalists names of “Rip,” “Heddie,” and “Tom Stone.”
The character of Ripley will be used selectively in cemetery preservation materials that share and promote the artistic, historic and commemorative qualities of grave markers. All cemetery preservation materials encourage people to care for historic markers using proper preservation practices so that the markers can last as long as possible. Ripley will enhance these materials as a quick graphic reference to remind volunteers of the “do’s and don’ts” of cemetery preservation. The character of Ripley is not intended to represent Oregon’s historic cemeteries in general nor any specific gravesite.
Look for Ripley’s appearance in Oregon Heritage’s cemetery preservation materials soon!