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Cambridge Open Archives 
June 11-15 and June 18-21

Cambridge Open Archives is a free event in which members of the public are invited behind the scenes at various Cambridge archives, libraries, and collecting institutions. 

This year we are celebrating Open Archives' 10th Anniversary with two weeks of behind-the-scenes tours at 15 archives, libraries, and special collections, including Mount Auburn Cemetery!


Dances of the Spirit
Saturday,  June 23 at 2PM

Known as the "mother of modern dance," Isadora Duncan created a series of mourning dances following the accidental deaths of her two children. 

Dances by Isadora will perform these dances in Hazel Dell.   Register online today!

Hazel Path Woodland Sanctuary Project begins in June

Hazel Path, which traverses the steep, east-facing slope just below Washington Tower, is now being transformed into a "woodland sanctuary" that connects the Consecration Dell woodland to the wildflower meadow surrounding the Tower.  This exciting project, which begins this month, continues our efforts to develop new burial space in a way that preserves and enhances our historic landscape.   Learn more...

Horticulture Highlight: 
Baptisia australis, Blue false indigo 

Native from New York/Pennsylvania south to Texas and Georgia, Baptisia australis, blue false indigo is a three-to-four-foot high and wide perennial which develops into a small shrub-like mass. Its alternate, leaves are palmately compound with three 1 ½ to 3-inch leaflets, developing into a bluish-green color. 

The flowers occur from late May through early June. Each flower is about 1-inch long, indigo-blue, although color ranges also to pale lavender or dark violet.  Read more...

Tree Peony
Early Risers Club
Fridays, 6/8 & 6/15 at 7AM

Join us for this free morning excursion to discover what's in bloom and any other items of horticultural interest. From early bulbs to magnificent flowering trees, we will try to catch them all!   


History Highlight:  Fuller Obelisks 
When Boston lawyer Abraham W. Fuller died in 1841, he left funds for purchasing a lot a Mount Auburn. I n keeping with his request, an obelisk style monument would be used. However, instead of just one obelisk, two obelisks each  over 20 feet tall were chosen - t he largest ever erected at Mount Auburn...  more

Angell Monument
Angell is buried in Lot 4738 
Poplar Avenue.
Person of the Month:  George Angell (1823-1909)

George Thorndike Angell, founder of the MSPCA, was born on June 5, 1823 in Southbridge, Massachusetts. 

In 1868 he and a friend established the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA)  after hearing of two horses raced 40 miles to their deaths.   Twelve weeks after the race, Angell passed Massachusett's first anti-cruelty laws through State congress.  


First Fridays: Digitization Days

Do you have photographs, letters, and small objects that help to tell the story of your loved ones? 
The first Friday of each month Mount Auburn will host sessions to help digitize these materials for adding to your loved one's online memorial page

Learn more about First Fridays or register for an appointment!

Online Memorial Pages

Among those buried at Mount Auburn are people who have shaped our local, regional, and national identity.  Also buried here, in even greater numbers, are those important in our own lives: mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, daughters, sons, mentors and friends. 

With a new feature on our website, Mount Auburn has enhanced its mission to commemorate the dead.  We hope that you will use this new online tool to celebrate the lives of loved ones.   Read more...

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Beyond Our Gates: Events of Interest to the Community

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



Longfellow Summer Festival 2018

June 14
MASS LEAP: Brave New Voices at 6:30PM

June 17
Acclaimed poet David Ferry at 3PM

June 21
Ellen Shipman with Judith Tankard at 6:30PM

June 24
The Tree that Falls Concert at 3PM

June 27
Warrior Writers Reading at 6PM


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