Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Wilsonville Public Library, Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society and McMenamins History present…

WRITTEN IN STONE . . . OR NOT: The stories of Wilsonville’s unmarked graves

Wilsonville Old Church & Pub - Wilsonville Old Church

5 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. event

Free

All ages welcome

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About WRITTEN IN STONE . . . OR NOT: The stories of Wilsonville’s unmarked graves

WRITTEN IN STONE . . . OR NOT:  The stories of Wilsonville’s unmarked graves

Presented by Charlotte Lehan, Wilsonville City Councilor and Former Mayor, Chair of the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, and President of the Pleasant View Cemetery Association.

Find out about our Wilsonville area cemeteries and the hundreds of unmarked graves in and around our city. Why aren’t they marked? Should they be? The answers aren’t always written in stone.

In this presentation, we will cover the background of the cemeteries around Wilsonville and what makes them important to our history. This will include the basics of cemetery mapping and how to get the most out of genealogy research in any cemetery one might visit. We will include a segment on Monuments 101, detailing repair, cleaning, styles, and artwork. Along the way, there will be a few stories of some of our more colorful permanent residents.

We will also discuss the unmarked graves of early Chinese and Japanese individuals, as well as hundreds of other unmarked graves – not all of which are in existing cemeteries. Should the community make an effort to mark or acknowledge any of them?  Let’s start the discussion.

About the Speaker:

 Charlotte Lehan is a Wilsonville City Councilor and former Mayor. She is currently the Chair of the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries, and President of the Pleasant View Cemetery Association and has been working on its restoration for more than ten years. She serves on the board of the Wilsonville Boones Ferry Historical Society. Charlotte is a seventh generation Wilsonville resident whose ancestors first arrived in Wilsonville in 1850.

About Wilsonville Old Church History Pub

Wilsonville Old Church History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp