Dirk Siedlecki awarded certificate of merit for his work with Oregon's historical cemeteries

The Association for Gravestone Studies will award its Oakley Certificate of Merit to Dirk Siedlecki, a commissioner on the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries and president of the Friends of Jacksonville Cemetery. The award will be presented during the association's annual conference at Willamette University in Salem on Saturday, June 22.

The Oakley Award is presented to individuals and groups that have helped to advance the mission of the association. Founded in 1977, the Association for Gravestone Studies works to foster the appreciation of the cultural significance of gravestones of all periods and styles and burying grounds through study and preservation.

Siedlecki is serving his second term on the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries. His activity includes organizing informal meetings of people working with Southern Oregon historic cemeteries to share information and gather data about the needs of the cemeteries, training volunteers and drafting the commission's educational bulletins and position papers. As president of the Friends of Jacksonville Cemetery, he has helped establish procedures and programs for a volunteer organization.

For more information about the Association for Gravestone Studies, see www.gravestonestudies.org.

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