April 2018
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Apr 5th  at 6:30PM

Apr 7th  at 1PM
Apr 7th at 4PM

Apr 12th at 10AM

Apr 13th  at 7AM

Apr 14th  at 1PM

Apr 15th  at 1PM

Apr 15th  at 3PM
Apr 21st  at 1PM

Apr 22nd  at 1PM
Apr 27th  at 7AM
May 5th  at 1PM
May 6th  at 1PM
May 6th  at 4PM

Documentary Screening: Svetlana Boym: Exile and Imagination
Saturday, April 7th at 4PM

Documentary about Svetlana Boym, the Carl Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature at Harvard. 
Filmmaker Judith Wechsler will answer questions .   More...

Svetlana Boym (1959-2015)

Svetlana Boym was born in Leningrad on April 29, 1959, and left the U.S.S.R. for the United States in 1980 at the age of 21.  Her  work combined historical analysis, philosophical essay and personal memoir, exploring motifs of nostalgia, exile, freedom and...  read more

Horticulture Highlight:  Cornus mas, Corneliancherry dogwood

After enduring a full month of March that was more often like a lion than a lamb, let us welcome the flowers of April. 

Sprightly, lightening our landscape in early April are the golden haze of flowers of the Corneliancherry dogwood, Cornus mas which is not a cherry ( Prunus ), not even in the same botanical family as cherries, Rosaceae , the rose family. Rather this is a less well-known species of dogwood, in the genus Cornus . This genus with at least 30 species is more often known for two of... 

Eternally Green: Reintroducing the Wolves of the Forest Floor to Mount Auburn Cemetery

This spring my daughters and I tapped our Sugar Maple in the back yard. While standing over the boiling sap it occurred to me that just as forty ounces of maple sap is reduced to one ounce of maple syrup, the dozens of proposed solutions to climate change can be similarly reduced to three major strategies. The first two usually garner the most attention - consume less and produce energy in a cleaner way. However, there is a third... 
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Biodiversity in the Silent City
Sunday, April 15th at 3PM

What a range of wildlife calls Mount Auburn Cemetery home! From bats to birds to bugs, researchers from Lesley University have been working to document the array of biodiversity in this unique garden cemetery.

Please join us for a program that will include research findings, interactive stations for adults and kids...  more

Family in Dell
Earth Day Message

Earth Day is right around the corner, on April 22nd. If you are unable to participate in an activity that brings you closer to nature and supports conservation in your community, please try to participate at home. 

How about repurposing something you planned to throw away. The pieces of a broken flower pot can be used as crop markers in your vegetable garden. Simply paint on the names, or use a sharpie, and you can bring order to your garden with flair. 

An old dresser doesn't have to go to the curb. Use the drawers for under-the -bed storage and the top and sides can make very useful shelves for a basement or garage. Let your imagination guide you. There are so many things you can do that will prevent further additions to landfills. Have fun and be creative!

Happy Earth Day!
- The Sustainability Working Groups at Mount Auburn Cemetery

Isabella Stewart Gardner Tomb Preservation Underway 
Consistently the focal point of tours, the Isabella Stewart Gardner tomb is frequently visited by fans of Gardner, members of the Gardner Museum, and our more than 200,000 visitors a year. Today, with the vicissitudes of time, the tomb's surfaces and interior have suffered marked erosion and are urgently in need of preservation. Thanks to a leadership gift from the estate of a Gardner family member...  more

The Eastern Towhee
Wildlife: The Eastern Towhee

The Eastern Towhee is a member of the sparrow family, sometimes referred to as a Brush Robin.  Towhees are somewhat secretive; more often heard than seen, and often feeding on the ground within a thicket. Their song is a series of three whistled... 

History Highlight: What is a Columbarium?

According to the Cemetery's Glossary of Terms prepared by Curator Meg L. Winslow, a Columbarium is "a room, structure, or space in a mausoleum or other building designed to hold multiple cremated remains in niches." At Mount Auburn we... learn more

This Land Is  Your Land

At  Massachusetts Historical Society
with support from the Barr Foundation and in  partnership with the Trustees of Reservations, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Emerald  Necklace Conservancy, and the Leventhal Map Center at the BPL.

Private Land | April 4 at 6PM
James Levitt, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy;
Meg Winslow, Mount Auburn Cemetery; 
Cindy Brockway, The Trustees of Reservations; 
and moderated by William Clendaniel

Public Land | April 25 at 6PM
Ethan Carr, Landscape Architecture, UMass Amherst; 
Alan Banks, National Park Service; 
Sean Fisher and Karl  Haglund, 
Massachusetts Department of Conservation  and Recreation; 
and moderated by  Keith Morgan

Future of Our Land | May 2 at 6PM
Kathy Abbot, Boston Harbor Now; 
Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment,  City of Boston; 
and Madhu C. Dutta-Koehler, City Planning Program, Boston University

The Pierce Fountain at Asa Gray Garden
Work on the renovation of Asa Gray Garden has continued throughout the winter and the signs of this progress are now visible. 

On your next visit to Mount Auburn, peek into the garden for a view of the new granite retaining walls that will frame the Garden's perennial beds and our new central water feature,  THE PIERCE FOUNTAIN

The Pierce Fountain. March 2018

Pierce Fountain in the renovated Asa Gray Garden. 
Rendering by Halvorson Design Partnership

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The Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust awards a grant of $250,000 to name  THE PIERCE FOUNTAIN.

The renovation of Asa Gray Garden is part of a larger imitative to enhance the Cemetery's Entrance. 


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Beyond Our Gates: Events of Interest to the Community

Grow Native Massachusetts: Evenings with Experts

Revealing a Sense of Place
Matthew Cunningham, 
Principal and Founder of Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design
Wednesday, April 4th at 7PM
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA


April 4th at 6PM
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts

James Levitt, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy;
Meg Winslow, Mount Auburn Cemetery; 
Cindy Brockway, The Trustees of Reservations; 
and moderated by William Clendaniel

The series is supported by the Barr Foundation


A Fable for Critics Reading

 Rob Velella presents this dramatic reading 
of James Russell Lowell's 1848 poem A Fable for Critics.
Friday, April 13th at 6:30PM

Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Free, RSVP required. Call 617-876-4491 or email us to reserve your spot!


Breathing Room: Mapping Boston's Green Spaces

Now - September 23, 2018

Boston boasts some of the nation's most recognizable and cherished green spaces, from Boston Common, to the Emerald Necklace, to hundreds of neighborhood parks, playgrounds, tot lots, and urban wilds. 

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center At the Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St, Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116


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Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery
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