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A Glimpse Beyond
September 16 & 17th

A Glimpse Beyond returns for another inspired performance! Set within and inspired by Mount Auburn's stunning landscape, this year's production features performances by the Commonwealth Ballet Company, Mobius Percussion, Voices Rising, Zoe Dance, Louise Grasmere, Max Judelson, Josh Knowles, Jennifer Lin, and Julia Mark.  


See Mount Auburn in a unique new light at this celebration of music, dance, art, and poetry.  Space is limited, register today!


Rose Window Restoration Begins

Restoration of Bigelow Chapel's Great Rose Window began on August 30th, with careful removal of the glass panels from their historic cast-iron frame. Dating to 1845, the Great Rose Window is an important example of Scottish stained glass ...  learn more
This fall we will continue work on two projects that will help us achieve our long-term initiative of improving our Front Entry Precinct: 


Person of the Month: Joyce Chen
Celebrated restaurateur, cookbook author, television personality, and entrepreneur Joyce Chen (1917 - 1994) was born in Beijing, China and grew up in a highly-regarded family in Jiangsu Jiading, a suburb of Shanghai.

Joyce was the youngest in a family of nine children and acquired her English name from her school teacher, who gave her the name Joyce because she was always joyful. As recounted in her cookbook, the Joyce Chen Cook Book, Chen was interested in... more

Become a Citizen Scientist at Mount Auburn Cemetery!

Phenology refers to the study of recurring plant and animal life cycle stages and the relationship of these life cycle stages to weather and climate. Join us for a training session in September!  


Wildlife: Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Kinglets are smaller than warblers; there are two species that occur at Mount Auburn, the Ruby-crowned and the Golden-crowned. In the fall Ruby-crowned Kinglets tend to linger and can be seen into October. Ruby-crowned Kinglets are undistinguished in... more     

Calling All Birders!
Mass Audubon is calling all birders to take a brief survey designed to collect information on t he different types of birding you engage in and  your familiarity with environmental issues affecting bird populations...  more

Horticulture Highlight:  Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta   
Both Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta and Orange Coneflower, Rudbeckia fulgida are some of the more recognizable and eye-catching flowers currently found throughout our landscape. These are superlative yellow/gold and black, or orange and black flowers seen from mid-summer right on into autumn... more

Eternally Green:  Preservation Craftsman Moonlights as Curator of The Somerville Flea

I like old stuff, that much is clear. Monday through Friday I deal with the trials and tribulations that come with keeping the thousands of monuments at Mount Auburn from succumbing to nature, gravity and the passage of time. Every Sunday from June to October I spend in a Somerville city parking lot curating an open-air vintage market.

While studying at North Bennet Street School I looked for old tools... more

Citizen Science Studies Need Your Help!

Ant Study
Faculty from Lesley University are  taking a detailed look at Cemetery ant diversity, and you  are invited to help!  Please visit the Stewardship Center at the West Gatehouse at Mount Auburn to pick up an ant study packet. 

Bats at Mount Auburn   

Have you seen any bats at Mount Auburn? Where have you seen them? Chris Richardson, a professor at Lesley University is  currently looking  for more information about bats in the urban ecosystem ...  learn more


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Beyond Our Gates: Events of Interest to the Community
The Historical Society of Watertown Presents:
Robin Hazard Ray author of The Strangers' Tomb

Wednesday, September 6th at 7PM
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Robin Hazard Ray's mystery, The Strangers' Tomb, is set in historic Mount Auburn Cemetery during the tumultuous period before the Civil War. 


Who Designed Mount Auburn and Forest Hills Cemeteries?
Sunday, September 17th at 2PM
At Forest Hills Cemetery,
95 Forest Hills Ave., Boston, MA

Join Meg L. Winslow, Curator of Historical Collections, Mount Auburn Cemetery and Dee Morris. Historian, Forest Hills Cemetery for a joyful tribute honoring General Henry A.S. Dearborn (1783-1851), the pioneer who created these two magnificent landscapes in Greater Boston.  


Watertown Square Walking Tour
Saturday, September 23rd 
Saltonstall Park,  149 Main Street,  Watertown, MA 02472

Visit the Historical Society of Watertown table at Faire on the Square and join Mary Spiers for a free Watertown Square walking tour. Tours will depart from the Civil War Soldiers' Monument located in Saltonstall Park at 11AM and 2PM.   Free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Joyce at 781-899-7239 or


Recording Lives at Lightning Speed
Thursday, Oct 5th at 12:30PM
Boston Athenæum
10 ½ Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108
Admission: FREE

In conjunction with the Boston University Center for the Humanities Fall Forum, "Recording Lives: Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age," we are pleased to host a conversation on local cultural organizations' use of digital technologies to expand access to their collections.   Register today!


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Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery
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