February 2016
In This Issue

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SAT, FEB 6
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THU, FEB 11 
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SAT, FEB 13
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SAT, FEB 13
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SAT, FEB 13 
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THU, FEB 18 
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SUN, FEB 21 
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Longfellow Birthday 
SAT, FEB 27 
at 10AM
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SAT, MAR 5 
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Byus Monument
The Byus monument depicts a bondsman breaking free from his chains. 
Celebrating Black History Month:
He Fled to Boston, For Freedom

At about age 36, Peter Byus escaped slavery in Virginia and settled in Boston. Against all odds, he became a man of means. 

Watch a video about Peter Byus excerpted from earth.sky - a 52 minute multi-screen presentation  by Mount Auburn Artist-in-Residence Roberto Mighty.  
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Eyes on Owls
Wildlife Highlight: Eyes on Owls 
Saturday February 13th 
at 1PM & 3:30PM

Join us for a special presentation by Mark and Marcia Wilson who will introduce us to the owls of New England. Learn the skills to find owls and then meet some up close!   Preregistration required .
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Horticultural Highlight: Boxwood, Buxus sempervirens

The Common Boxwood is a dense, multi-branched evergreen shrub of varying sizes - a plant long used for hedges, as elegant garden specimens and as topiary. At Mount Auburn Cemetery, we grow several varieties, in fact  over 120 are identified in our most recent plant inventory...  read more
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American Toad by Andrew Rotch
Calling all Citizen Scientists! 

We are excited to announce the establishment of a Citizen Science program. If you are interested in nature, and concerned about the potential impact of climate disruption and severe weather on habitat and the wildlife it supports, citizen science is right for you!   Learn more...
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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry W. Longfellow. Photo C. National Park Service, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
Person of the Month: 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Every year, as the anniversary of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's birthday approaches, it is inspiring to look back upon his life and legacy. 

Born on February 27, 1807 in Portland, Maine, he went on to become  the most popular poet of his time and today is thought of as one of the most important and distinguished poets that America has ever produced. He maintained a lifelong commitment to promoting poetry and helped lay the foundations for...  more

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History Highlight: Stones from the Homestead
by Mount Auburn Docent Robin Hazard Ray 

In English, "rock" is geochemical material that lies in its natural state; it becomes "stone" when a human chooses, moves, or changes it. This distinction is found in every European language: roche and pierre in French, roccia and pietro in Italian, Fels and Stein in German. 

Cemeteries are of course full of stones that have been lovingly and often artistically shaped to commemorate the dead. But there are a few at Mount Auburn whose significance lies in the rock from which the stone was made. Learn more...
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Eternally Green: 3rd Annual Electronics Recycling Event

We recently hosted another electronics recycling event - open to the public for the third year in a row!  Dozens brought in over 2,842 pounds of electronics, including toasters, fans, cameras, lamps, printers, televsions  and...  more
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Friends Announce New Publication:

The Art of Commemoration and 
America's First Rural Cemetery:
Mount Auburn's 
Significant Monument Collection

Written by Melissa Banta 
with Meg L. Winslow
Introductory essay by David B. Dearinger
Foreword by Dave Barnett, President and CEO of Mount Auburn Cemetery

The first large-scale designed landscape open to the public in the country, Mount Auburn Cemetery is a virtual... more
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Current Projects at Mount Auburn 

Learn more about current projects happening at the Cemetery today.
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Beyond Our Gates: Events of Interest to the Community

Urban Gardening Series
 P artnership with the New England Wild Flower Society  

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Evenings with Experts:

Native Plant Gardens: Learning by Example 
Carolyn Summers, Author of Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East

Wednesday, February 3rd at 7PM
Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 

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for a discussion of her memoir,
On My Own.

Monday, February 29th at 7PM
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138


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