The Maple Ridge Historical Society is asking volunteers to come out once again this Saturday to clean headstones at the Maple Ridge Cemetery.
Two weeks ago, the historical society held cleaning events on Aug. 10 and 11 with 10 people coming out to help.
"It's amazing what a little elbow grease, and water will do to the stones. You can notice a significant difference to the headstones, and more importantly, to the lettering and names which was the reason this project was started," said museum curator Allison White. "Keeping the names legible so the history is not lost."
They are hoping volunteers will help out with buckets and brushes again this Saturday.
The cemetery was established in 1878 on land donated by two pioneers: George Howison and William Nelson.
Many of the older headstones no longer have individuals to care for them, therefore, the historical society is appealing to the Maple Ridge residents to help preserve these reminders of the community's roots.
Participants are encouraged to bring, if possible, a bucket with a handle, a soft-bristled brush plastic, hair, not metal), watering cans and jugs for water, a knife, trowel, or scissors to remove grass, a whisk broom, rags, and a kneeling pad.
Sturdy shoes, garden gloves, a hat, sunglasses, a water bottle, and sunscreen are also recommended for the event.
"We hope to finish cleaning the oldest section of the cemetery on Saturday, where most of the higher headstones are," said White.
The cemetery is at Dewdney Trunk Road and 214th Street.
The event takes place on both days from 9 to 11:30 a.m. To register for the event, email the Allison White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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