Opportunities for Involvement
Time and nature have taken their toll on on the monuments at Greenwood Cemetery, and preservation is an on-going battle. We are always looking for groups who wish to help make a real difference by lending their support. Service groups, schools, and Scout projects are all invited to learn more about how they may help preserve this vital historical cemetery and her monuments.
Become a Friend
Friends of Astoria Greenwood Cemetery has been formed with the mission to assist Greenwood Cemetery in preserving and promoting its historical character, foster and support the restoration and preservation of the Cemetery’s monuments, and raise funds and seek volunteer services to accomplish these goals. Become a Friend!
We are grateful for all donations that assist us in providing the services of maintaining the cemetery property and its monuments so that its legacy can be preserved far into the future.
The cemetery itself is an Oregon non-profit entity. Friends of Astoria Greenwood Cemetery was formed to establish a means to accept Federally tax-deductible donations. The Friends group's finances are managed by a fiscal sponsor that is recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501 (c) (3), so all donations to Friends of Astoria Greenwood Cemetery qualify as tax-deductible. Please visit the Friends website for more information!
The spirits of dearly departed locals will rise for an afternoon of fun history during the annual “Talking Tombstones,” presented by the Clatsop County Historical Society. The free event takes place 1 to 4 p.m., usually on the last Sunday in October at alternating cemeteries in Astoria. The Historical Society recruits talented community members to prepare vignettes of ten characters each year. The actors stand by the gravestone of the person they have been assigned and, after much research and preparation, that person will be brought back to life in front of small groups who rotate through the cemetery. “One thing I love about this program is that cemeteries are filled with people, and those people have stories; unless you make a point of telling these stories they will be forgotten,” said McAndrew Burns, the Historical Society’s executive director. “It’s a way to remind people.” (excerpt from Astoria Coast Weekend)