February 2017
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Lunch Lecture: Composing 
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THU, FEB 16 
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Art of Remembering
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Sculpture of the Goddess Hygeia, Lot 263 by Edmonia Lewis 
Black History Month: African-American and Native-American Female sculptor Edmonia Lewis 

On February 1, 2017, in honor of Black History Month, Google featured sculptor Edmonia Lewis with a Google Doodle. Lewis' work is a highlight of Mount Auburn's Significant Monument Collection with her 1872 marble sculpture of the Goddess of Health and Hygiene, Hygeia, commissioned by pioneering female physician and reformer Harriot Kezia Hunt for her family's Lot 2630 Poplar Avenue. 

Historian Marilyn Richardson wrote, "The doctor and the sculptor chose to introduce a woman of ancient power and authority into  learn more...

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Longfellow's Spiritual Vision: Faith in a Place of Doubt 
Saturday, February 25th 10AM

Join us for our annual Longfellow birthday celebration co-sponsored by the Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site. 

This year we will consider writings from Longfellow's late career
 - work which posits human frailty and limitation as the foundation for an individual's artistic, spiritual, and social dimensions. 

Following this talk about Longfellow we'll enjoy birthday cake and then walk to the Longfellow Lot on Indian Ridge Path for a wreath-laying ceremony.


Eternally Green: Microclimates in an Urban Oasis
Consecration Dell

A microclimate refers to the climate of a small, defined area that differs from a larger surrounding area. Examples in rural areas may include the top of a hill, or the bottom of a valley. In contrast, the shadow zone created by a tall building is an example of an urban microclimate site.

Here at Mount Auburn, we have decided to investigate microclimates more thoroughly with the help of our Citizen Scientist volunteer squad using an infrared thermometers to record ground surface, ambient, and dew point temperatures at...  learn more 

Byus Monument
Peter Byus monument, Lot 3752
History:  African American Heritage Trail - Peter Byus

Peter Byus died 150 years ago this month. The epitaph on his monument reads: "In memory of Peter Byus, Born in Hampshire Country, Virginia, a slave. At the age of about thirty-six, He fled to Boston for freedom where, He resided for the last thirty years. He died the 27 of February 1867..."  read more 

Horticulture Highlight:
Thuja occidentalis, Eastern Arborvitae, Eastern Whitecedar
Latin for "tree of life"  Arborvitae , Thuja occidentalis, is also referred to by some as Eastern Whitecedar.
One of the lightest weight trees in the northeast, Eastern Arborvitae's wood has  had several signature historic uses. A first choice among many Native American tribes for frames and ribs of their famous birch-bark canoes, Thuja occidentalis was also a favorite of colonial settlers who quickly realized that  the wood's resistance to decay made it a prime tree of choice for  fence posts and rails to contain livestock. Additional uses included railroad ties and...  more

Commemorative Art Exhibit 

We are delighted to announce our new online exhibit:  Mount Auburn's Significant Monuments  by Melissa Banta with Meg L. Winslow. 

This exhibit features thirty significant monuments highlighted in their book:  The Art of Commemoration Both book and exhibit were made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Photo by Jeremiah Trimble
The Golden-crowned Kinglet

There are two species of Kinglet that appear at Mount Auburn Cemetery, the Ruby-crowned and the Golden-crowned. Golden-crowned males have an orange central crown, while the female's crown is all yellow. When the male becomes excited his crown resembles an inferno... 

St. John's Public Lot
Roberts is buried in the St. John's
Lot 1736, Fir Avenue
Person of the Month: Benjamin Franklin Roberts 

Trained as a shoemaker, Benjamin Franklin Roberts found his true calling as a printer and abolitionist. In 1838 Roberts published the Anti-Slavery Herald, the first paper owned, published, edited and printed by African Americans in Boston. 

Born a free man, Benjamin Franklin Roberts was the son of... 
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Beyond Our Gates: Events of Interest to the Community

Harvard Coop and Cambridge Historical Society 
are pleased to present:

with authors Susan E. Maycock & Charles M. Sullivan

Tuesday, February 7th at 7 PM 
Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 


New England Wild Flower Society's

Saturday, February 11th 10:30 - Noon
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA


First Church of Christ, Scientist 
present  a Film Screening of 

Sunday, February 26th at 2PM
First Church of Christ, Scientist,  13 Waterhouse Street, Cambridge, MA 


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

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