January 2017
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SUN, JAN 8 
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THU, JAN 12 
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SAT, JAN 14 
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SUN, JAN 15 
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Conserving Monuments
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SAT, JAN 21 10AM - 1PM
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SAT, FEB 4 
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SUN, FEB 5 
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THU, FEB 9 
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Lunch Lecture: Composing 
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THU, FEB 16 
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Eternally Green: Electronics Recycling on  January 21, 2017  

Mount Auburn Cemetery is sponsoring another electronics recycling event!
 
Bring your items to the Preservation Services Building garage (24 Cottage Street, Watertown, MA) between 10AM and 1PM. All items will be recycled by Northeast Material Handling, Inc., Haverhill, MA. There will be a $25 charge for TVs, $15 charge per CRT monitor or flat screen monitor. Bring cash with you if you plan to drop off those items.   Find out more...
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Photo by Al Parker, Mount Auburn Security
Wildlife: Winter Birding

Winter is an ideal time to get familiar with the year-round resident birds of Mount Auburn. If you are a beginner birder this time of year offers the opportunity to see and hear the common birds of the area without the distractions of migrants or foliage on the trees.  
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Mount Auburn Receives Grant to Preserve Community Materials

The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery has received a Common Heritage grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The grant will support two community digitization days, where members of the public can bring in a range of paper-based materials, such as photographs and letters, that help to tell the story of the Cemetery and the nearly 100,000 people commemorated here.   Learn more...
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Horticultural Highlight: Thuja plicata,  Western redcedar, 

These lustrous trees make noble specimens reaching 50 to 80-feet in height in eastern landscape although the current tallest one known, near Lake Quinault, in Olympic National Forest, is 195-feet tall. The leaves have pleasant scent when... more
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Commemorative Art Exhibit 
at Mount Auburn Goes Live! 
 
 
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 the book and exhibit were made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).    
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Eternally Green: Ripple Effects of a Drought 

The effects of the unprecedented drought that Mount Auburn (and most of Massachusetts) experienced during the 2016 growing season will be felt for several years. The extremely dry conditions triggered an extended dormancy period for turf grass. The drought also created additional stress to trees and shrubs. The full effect of the drought, however, won't be fully realized until next spring as we begin to see if trees and shrubs will be slow to leaf out, or in fact, don't...  read more
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Visitors gathered in front of Mount Auburn's Egyptian Revival Gateway, ca. 1870 - 1900 cabinet card.
History Highlight: Railroad brings visitors to Mount Auburn
  
In 1834 the first large-capacity horse-drawn omnibuses went into service in Cambridge. By 1838 several regular lines offered hourly runs between Harvard and the Cemetery gate. The route ending at the Cemetery was so popular that in 1838 the town of Cambridge renamed the old road Mount Auburn Street, and Watertown followed suit.   Learn more...

Excerpted from Silent City on a Hill: Picturesque Landscapes of Memory and Boston's Mount Auburn Cemetery by Blanche M. G. Linden.
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Person of the Month: Katharine Burr Blodgett (1898 - 1979)

Katharine Burr Blodgett was a noted physicist and inventor of 'invisible glass.' In 1938 she discovered that applying layers of molecular film to glass would make the surface 'invisible' to the human eye because the film canceled out the light reflection without compromising the transparency of the glass.

Her research in this field led to the application of glass surface film to many glass products... read more
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Beyond Our Gates: Events of Interest to the Community

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 January 7 - January 8
639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Free classes, live music, massage, clothing, juice and more!

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New England Wild Flower Society's
URBAN GARDENING SERIES

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 7 to 8:30PM
Cambridge Public Library, 
Main Library Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway, Cambridge
Learn how to take inspiration from the mountains, rivers, and fields of New England and create beautiful, naturalistic gardens. Dan Jaffe will cover every topic from plant selection and layout to sustainable practices.

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Saturday, January 28, 3 & 5 PM
52 Gore St., Waltham, MA 02453
Poe ranks among the great American authors. 
Inventor of the detective story, a wicked satirist, and a master of the thriller. Rob Velella brings Poe to life in a living history  presentation.

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Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery
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