The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is conducting a comparative study of burial location methods to explain to people the methods and results of these methods. Researchers used a portion of Luper Cemetery for their work with remote sensing equipment. The results will be presented at the Oregon Heritage Conference in Coos Bay on April 22, 2015.
The February 2014 snow and ice storms unfortunately caused severe damage to the large landmark Maple tree along the north boundary of the cemetery. This tree was estimated to be over 100 years old. Work was being done to have it designated as a Heritage Tree but the damage leaves an uncertain future for what remains.
Luper Cemetery is excited to have been awarded a grant from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to place a memorial stone for the people known to be interred at the cemetery that no longer have headstones in place. This memorial project will be completed in 2014. The dedicated volunteers and support of the community made this grant and other awards possible. We also want to thank the Oregon Country Fair for a grant that helped fund the kiosk construction and provided for native plants. Luper Cemetery, Inc is proud to have been awarded both the Heritage Excellence Award in 2011 presented by the Oregon Commission on
Luper Cemetery is one of the oldest pioneer cemeteries in the southern Willamette Valley dating to the 1850's. There are dozens of early pioneer families represented in the cemetery with over 160 people interred. Historical Researcher, Linda VanOrden has generously contributed extensive work documenting families and their descendants relating to Luper Cemetery. Visit the Information page for Linda's work plus many diaries, journals, documents and other communications.
Mission Statement: The mission of Luper Cemetery, Inc. is to: preserve the pioneer cemetery, the history of the people who lived in the Irving area, engage local residents in the history of Luper, honor the people buried at Luper, and to maintain the site in a historically correct way.
PICTURES INSTEAD OF RUBBINGS PLEASE! Gravestone rubbings and cleaning inscriptions can irreversibly damage headstones. Any foreign substance applied to the stone can result in staining or premature wear. Help us protect our fragile Historic Resources for future generations!
Your generous contributions help finance our planned projects for 2014. We will be erecting a monument to memorialize those known to be interred at Luper Cemetery whose markers and grave locations have been lost to time. We have equipment expenses and put in many hours to maintain the vegetation. Donations and volunteers have made it possible to get much of the site restored and to complete such improvements as the kiosk, native plantings, the removal of undesired trees, improvement of pathways, signage and parking. We have established a Legacy Fund account to insure the future of the historical Luper Cemetery. Please visit the Donations page to help fund the cemetery. You might consider splitting your contribution between the Support Fund and the Legacy Fund. Thank you for all your help!
Meetings are scheduled for 6:00 pm on the second Wednesday of each month at:
Santa Clara Fire Station #62
3939 River Rd, Eugene, OR 97404
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Donations can be made to Support Luper Cemetery or the Luper Cemetery Legacy Fund through PayPal on our Donations page or by check mailed to:
P.O. Box 2588, Eugene OR 97402.
Your contributions to Support Luper Cemetery finance restoration and maintenance work at the cemetery. The Luper Cemetery Legacy Fund has been established to provide a process that will insure future preservation and maintenance. Thank you!
Luper Cemetery, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation established for the purpose of maintaining, improving and protecting Luper Cemetery. All donations are tax deductible.