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March 2017
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Volunteers Needed:  Phenology  & Microclimate Studies 

There are two volunteer opportunities to become a Citizen Scientist!  

Phenology Study

Help us gather data to understand how climate disruption is impacting our urban wildlife refuge.  

Microclimate Study

Microclimate refers to the climate of a small, defined area that differs from that of the larger, surrounding area. Join us in applying practical science to better understand microclimates in the landscape of Mount Auburn.

Get outside and explore!
April 14 - 18, 2017

Mount Auburn Cemetery will be a "destination" for the public to make biodiversity observations as part of:


Season of Remembrance

Mount Auburn Cemetery is now accepting orders for our SPRING 2017 Season of Remembrance.

Floral tributes will be placed with your order in mid-April.  

Image: March 12, 1917 - the Memorial nears completion. © The Mary Baker Eddy Collection. Used with permission.
History Highlight: Mary Baker Eddy Memorial Completed

The Mary Baker Eddy monument was designed by Egerton Swartwout in 1915 and completed in early spring 1917.

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, commissioned the memorial for Mary Baker Eddy (1821 - 1910), discoverer of Christian Science, teacher, writer and publisher of the Christian Science Monitor.   Learn more...

Artist-in-Residence Roberto Mighty's earth.sky now online

Roberto Mighty, Mount Auburn's inaugural artist-in-residence, has released an online version of earth.sky, his multimedia exhibit presenting sights, sounds, stories and...  more

Eternally Green:  Mount Auburn's 5th Electronic Recycling Event

On Saturday, January 21st we recycled 2,000lbs of electronic equipment, 400lbs of scrap metal and 66lbs of alkaline batteries at our 5th annual Cemetery recycling event.

Staff and volunteers contributed 70 items, and the public...  read more

Horticulture Highlight: Juniperus virginiana, Eastern redcedar

In many an old country graveyard, even those with few trees, one may still come across Juniperus virginiana, Eastern redcedar, its evergreen leaves perhaps once providing a metaphor for eternal life. 

Native from southern Maine to the Badlands of South Dakota, and south to eastern Texas, and back up through the higher Appalachians, this is a small to medium sized tree, forty to fifty-feet tall at a maximum, but often half that size. Despite its common name this is yet another tree that is not a true Cedrus, but rather a juniper... learn more

Engraving of Channing Lot
by James Smillie
Monument Preservation Fund: William Ellery Channing

Rev. William Ellery Channing's monument in Mount Auburn Cemetery is in need of repair. The monument, a neo-classical design by local stone carver Alpheus Cary, was placed here by Channing's Church in 1844. 

Rev. William Ellery Channing spoke for the dignity of all human beings. Today, a group of Unitarian Universalist historians has petitioned Mount Auburn Cemetery to raise one half the funds needed for the project.  Please contribute if you can.


Photo by Al Parker,
Mount Auburn Security
Annual Giving and Bird Habitat Surveys at Mount Auburn
As an active cemetery, historic landscape, Important Bird Area, and arboretum, donations to the Friends of Mount Auburn's Annual Fund help support an incredibly diverse range of projects. 

A recent example is a survey of our bird populations by Mass Audubon. Starting in 2016, Mount Auburn has been working with experts from Mass Audubon to conduct a point count survey that will measure the effects of habitat restoration on bird populations within the Cemetery, as well as species abundance and composition. 

The Audubon study will run continuously, allowing us to establish a long-term ecological data set that we will use to guide our habitat assessment and enhancement efforts well into the future. This work will also contribute to Mount Auburn's new citizen science program, setting guidelines for data collection to aid us in recruiting and training local volunteers to assist us in our bird monitoring efforts. Projects and partnerships such as this are only possible with the generosity of our donors, and we thank you for your support.
Our current fiscal year ends March 31. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation online, or mail a check to the Friends of Mount Auburn at 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. 

Thank you for your support! 


Person of the Month: Emily Elizabeth Parsons (1824 - 1880)   
Civil War Nurse and later Founder of Mount Auburn Hospital, Emily Elizabeth Parsons was born March 8, 1824 in Taunton, Massachusetts. Although she was born to a family of wealth and renown, at age 37 Parsons insisted upon leaving home to volunteer as a nurse in the Civil War. 

After the war ended, Parsons returned home and began to raise money to establish a general hospital in Cambridge.  Two years later, she opened a hospital in a rented house where she provided treatment for poor women and children.   Learn more...

CWL sketch
Journal Sketch by Clare Walker Leslie 
Clare Walker Leslie  Exhibition
Mount Auburn & Other Travels
March 14 - April 29, 2017
Salon R, Mount Auburn Street
As an artist, naturalist, educator and author, I work best connecting directly with nature as I watch it, regardless of  weather or season. 

Here in Cambridge, Mount Auburn has been a longtime "studio". I have great gratitude for the folks working there who share my deep love for the wildlife and protected spaces, and all just across the street from Salon R.

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Beyond Our Gates: Events of Interest to the Community

Wednesday, March 8, 1 PM
New England Wild Flower Society's Urban Gardening Series
Pests of Urban Gardens


Thursday, March 9, 6 PM reception, 7 PM lecture
Friends of Fairsted's Lecture Series
Lewis Mumford's Green Urbanism

Wheelock College, Brookline Campus, 43 Hawes Street
This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Mount Auburn


March 14 - April 29
Exhibit of Watercolors by Clare Walker Leslie

Salon R, 703 Mount Auburn St. Cambridge
Opening Reception March 21, 5:30 - 7:30


Now -  April 16, 2017

Photography by 

First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington
630 Mass. Ave,. Arlington, MA

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Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery
tel: 617-547-7105 

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