September 2016
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Members Week 2016: 9/19 - 9/25

Complimentary Gift:

Gift selections at our Visitors Center September 19 - 25th (9AM to 4:30PM)

Monday September 19 th only, free copies of Stephen Kendrick's book, The Lively Place

Special Programs:

Tuesday, September 20th at 4PM 
Tour commemorating the 185th  anniversary of Mount Auburn's founding.

Thursday, September 22nd at 5:30PM
Program about plants that make up some of your favorite potent potables.  

Reciprocal Admission:

Complimentary admission at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
You must show your Friends membership card.   September 19-25th
For information, contact us at 617-607-1947 or email  amoir@mountauburn.org.


The Art of Commemoration and America's First Rural Cemetery
B ook Talk and Signing 
Wednesday, September 14th at 6PM

Join Melissa Banta and Meg L. Winslow for a conversation about their new book which explores the Cemetery's monuments within the context of the development of American commemorative art and includes a guide to thirty significant monuments. 

Refreshments at 5:30 PM, program begins promptly at 6 PM.  Register today!


Wildlife: Beekeeping Basics 
Tuesday, September 13th at 12:30

Have you been thinking about beekeeping but don't know where to start? 

Join Maurene Simonelli, Greenhouse Manager and Jerry Mendenhall, Plant Propagator and Assistant Greenhouse Manager, at Mount Auburn's greenhouse to discuss all your honeybee questions. 

We'll talk about what you will need to start beekeeping followed by a hive set up demonstration.   Register today!

Horticultural Highlight: Goldenrods, Solidago spp.

Goldenrods, Solidago spp . are a very showy part of the late-summer, eastern North American landscape. With more than 120 species worldwide, there are 100 species native to the United States and Canada, 8-9 species native to Mexico, and another 10-12 species native to South America, the Azores, Europe and Asia. 

Goldenrod leaves are simple, alternate, entire or serrate, often aromatic.  The tiny, golden-yellow, flowerheads form clusters on the upper ends of outwardly curving branches.   Lean more...

Cambridge Discovery Day: Notable Women of Cambridge
September 17th at 1PM

Join Jim Gorman for this tour of Mount Auburn, recognizing the contributions women from Cambridge have made to our our lives.  

History Highlight: 
A Rose in Mineral Form

Throughout Mount Auburn and many other cemeteries, visitors may come upon pink translucent boulders with nameplates of bronze or slate. What are they, where did they come from, what do they mean?    Read more

Eternally Green: Drought is about more than Brown Lawns

During a drought we anticipate that some lawn areas may go brown. But there's another much more serious phenomenon known as "sudden limb failure."  
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Discovering Effects of Drought on Soil

Vacation Garden School campers have visited Mount Auburn the past four summers to learn about our plant collections. This year students focused on recent drought conditions...  more

Citizen Science Training Sessions
Sunday, September 25th at 10AM
Monday, September 26th at 10AM

Are you interested in nature, and concerned about the impact of climate disruption and severe weather on habitat and wildlife?  If so, citizen science might right for you! Join us to learn how to make a difference by following a trail through our urban wildlife refuge.

Our phenology trail is a 3-part route and volunteers (like Ellen pictured left) choose to collect data by section, or... 
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Strength & Vulnerability: 
A Conversation with Dr. Nancy Rappaport

"Dr. Nancy Rappaport is an associate professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a child psychiatrist at the Cambridge Health Alliance. For the past twenty three years, Dr. Rappaport has worked with the Cambridge Public Schools at a school-based health center, where she develops concrete strategies for struggling students and offers professional development for teachers.  

In 2009 Dr. Rappaport published In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide (Basic Books), for which she was awarded the Julia Ward Howe Book Award from the Boston Authors Club. Dr. Rappaport is also co-author of The Behavior Code (Harvard Education Press, 2012), a guidebook for teachers who work with children with oppositional, anxious, sexualized, or withdrawn behavior.
This October, Dr. Rappaport will perform Regeneration, an original new play she created about her journey with breast cancer and the healing she found at Mount Auburn Cemetery.  

Read our recent conversation with Dr. Rappaport and learn more about Regeneration.

Person of the Month: Marguerite "Missy" LeHand (1896 - 1944)

Presidential Secretary  Marguerite "Missy" LeHand began a  lengthy association with Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1920.  When Roosevelt  became President in  1932, Missy handled his personal correspondence.  She knew him  so well that she could write  using Roosevelt's "voice" ...  learn more

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Beyond Our Gates: Events of Interest to the Community

 Book Talk with a uthor Kathryn Smith 
Friday, September 9th at 7PM
  Porter Square Books,  25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140


Andover's third Death Cafe 
Wednesday, September 14th at 7PM
2 North Main Street, Andover, MA

Death Cafe seeks to provide an unscripted, non-judgmental platform for those wishing to explore the many facets of this often taboo subject.
Contact Stefani Traina at straina@mhl.org for more information


Lecture Presented by Father Joseph Curran
Watertown Free Public Library
123 Main Street, Watertown, MA
Wednesday, September 14th at 7PM
Contact Joyce at joycekel@aol.com


Watercolors by Julie Zickefoose
April 30-September 18, 2016
Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon
963 Washington St, Canton, MA 02021

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