April 2016
In This Issue

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SAT, APR 2 
1PM
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SUN, APR 3 
2PM
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Lively Place
Book Talk
  THU, APR 7 5:30PM
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Early Risers Horticulture Club
FRI, APR 8 
7AM
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THU, APR 14 10AM
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SUN, APR 17 
1PM
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MON, APR 18 10AM
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FRI, APR 22
7AM
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FRI, APR 22 
10AM
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FRI, APR 22 
1PM
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SAT, APR 23 10:30 AM
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1PM
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TUE, APR 26 
6PM
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SAT, APR 30 
9:30 AM
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SUN, MAY 1 
1PM
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FRI, MAY 6
7AM
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SAT, MAY 7 
1PM
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THU, MAY 12 10AM
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Lively Place Author Talk & Signing
Thursday, April 7th at 5:30PM

Join Stephen Kendrick for the launch of his book  The Lively Place Mount Auburn, America's First Garden Cemetery, and Its Revolutionary and Literary Residents

After the talk books will be available for purchase.  Reception at 5:30, Talk at 6 PM.


Stephen Kendrick is senior minister at the First Church in Boston, Unitarian Universalist.
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Wildlife Highlight: 
Mourning Dove 

The Mourning Dove is the most common dove in all of North America; it can be found in all sorts of habitats but prefers semi-open areas, including parks and cemeteries. The Mourning Dove has a mellow cooing song which is ...  more 

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Researching Mount Auburn's  Thirty Significant Monuments  
by Marilynne K. Roach, Historian

In 2015 I had the good fortune to join Mount Auburn Cemetery's IMLS project to research and document thirty of their most significant monuments. My job was to conduct off-site research before the grant's end of the year deadline.

Several of the thirty monuments were already well documented. For others, we needed to find more information about the monument's symbolism and inspiration; the sculptors, architects, and carvers who made them; the person commemorated, any association they or their families had with the makers and the reasons for their choices; how it was financed and... 
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Horticultural Highlight: 
Cercis canadensis, 
Eastern Redbud

One of our native, small trees possessing memorable, even spectacular, early spring color is the Cercis canadensis , Eastern Redbud . T he name alludes to distinct, unopened flower buds, boldly glowing in the mostly bare landscape. 

After a week or more of the bud display, the one-half-inch-long flowers, often in clusters of 4 to 8, emerge with a lighter-hued pink color. These pea-like flowers, have five petals of three different shapes.  Such flowers are common in this botanical family, the FABACEAE. Cross pollination is usually accomplished by long-tongued bees. The bees are oriented into the flower...  more 
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History Highlight: Chapels are Renamed 80 Years Ago 

The "old chapel," having never been properly named, was referred to as the "Chapel" until 1898, after which point it was referred to as the "Crematory" or "Crematory Chapel."  In 1936, Cemetery trustees voted to name the old chapel "Bigelow Chapel" in honor of Jacob Bigelow, one of the Cemetery's founders, second President and designer...  more
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Person of the Month:  Dorothea Dix (1802-1887)

Reformer and advocate Dorothea Dix was born on April 4, 1802. 

She opened her first school around the age of 15, where she taught children between the ages of six and eight.  After travelling abroad, Dix came to realize and emphasize improvement for prison inmates and for the mentally ill through clean...  more
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Coppenhagen Monument,
┬ęGreg Heins, 2014.
Friends Seeks Support to Conserve Three Monuments 

After the successful conservation of the Binney Monument in 2014 and the Magoun Monument in 2015, the Friends of Mount Auburn is seeking funds to conserve the next three monuments in our Significant Monument Collection.

We  are seeking donations from private individuals, foundations, corporations and others to the support preservation of the Coppenhagen, Channing, and Harnden Monuments which  are in urgent need of professional care.   Learn more...

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Eternally Green:  Natural Burials

Are you interested in natural burial?Do you plan to be wrapped in a shroud or buried in a simple wooden casket? Will you be utilizing the services of a funeral director or are you planning for a home funeral?

There are many questions to consider when making plans for your own natural burial or planning the burial of a family member or a friend.  

As you make your plans, we encourage you to consult our Guidelines...
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10 Parks that Changed America

Mount Auburn Cemetery is one of ten urban parks featured in 10 Parks That Changed America, the 2nd episode of a new 3-part series 10 THAT CHANGED AMERICA, Tuesday, April 12th at 8PM ET on PBS...  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



Photographs by Alan Ward
Dates: February 20, 2016 - September 5, 2016
National Building Museum 
401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.  



Annual Meeting
Date: Saturday, April 2
Meeting Place: Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn Street 
Harvard Square, Cambridge 

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Managing Invasive Species
Date: Saturday, April 2
Time: 10:30 am to 12 noon
Meeting Place: Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
449 Broadway,Cambridge

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Parks: Cornerstones of Civic Revitalization
Date: Tuesday, April 5
Time: 6:00 pm Reception | 7:00 pm Lecture
Meeting Place: Wheelock College, Brookline Campus
43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA

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Spring Wildflowers: Ephemeral Beauty with a Purpose
Date: Wednesday, April 6
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Meeting Place: Cambridge Public Library, Main Library Lecture Hall
449 Broadway,Cambridge

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Presented by Green Burial Massachusetts & Mount Grace 
Date: Tuesday, April 26
Time: 7:00 pm
Meeting Place: Bolton Public Library 
738 Main Street, Bolton, MA 

One-hour award-winning documentary film 
Q & A session with Candace Currie from Mount Auburn Cemetery, 
Green Burial Massachusetts and the Green Burial Council 

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All talks take place at 7:00 pm at MassWildlife Field Headquarters,
1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, unless otherwise noted

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