Today, the cemetery’s Burial Society and the local community have taken on the task of restoring this unique cemetery. Where before there were only weeds, volunteers have lovingly mowed, raked and placed landscape plantings. With state heritage grants—some funded by Oregon Lottery dollars—tombstones have been repaired and replaced. Interpretive signage and accessible pathways are well underway.
The Albany Hebrew Cemetery today continues to serve its intended purpose, providing a serene and central burial location for loved ones to be laid to rest. It serves Jewish families from Albany, Corvallis, Salem and beyond. And with the hard work of a devoted army of volunteers, historians, and Burial Society members, improvements at the cemetery will continue into the future.
The cemetery eventually became known as the Waverly Jewish Cemetery since it occupies the southwest corner of Albany’s Waverly Memorial Park. There are plans to use recent grants to reduce confusion over the cemetery’s name by replacing signage. This will also restore the cemetery’s historic name: Albany Hebrew Cemetery.
Preserving a Community’s History
Since 2016, when it was added to the National Register of Historic places, the cemetery’s Burial Society has received several grants to accomplish projects to preserve and restore this unique place. Work has included tombstone cleaning and repair, installation of handicapped-accessible pathways, new kiosk signage and more. In 2018, the cemetery received two lottery-funded grants totaling $4900 to help continue this important work.
LOTTERY DOLLARS DOING GOOD THINGS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Turning Waste Wood into Energy
Good economic news for Grant County is coming from the timber industry, with a new Torre faction plant in John Day expected to bring 13-17 full-time jobs.
Willamette Heritage Center
Salem’s Willamette Heritage Center has received nearly $6,500 in preservation funds from the Oregon Lottery.
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