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Update: Entry Precinct Improvements Continue

This summer we begin work on two exciting projects that will help us in achieving our long-term initiative of improving our Front Entry Precinct: the revitalization of Bigelow Chapel and the rejuvenation of Asa Gray Garden. 

Improvements to Bigelow Chapel include a new state-of-the art crematory, a new entrance that provides universal access, and additional gathering spaces for private services and functions. As part of the project, Bigelow Chapel's defining architectural features will also be preserved. The new design for Asa Gray Garden includes a lush garden planted for year-round horticultural interest, an elegant new fountain, and improved parking and traffic circulation on Lawn Avenue.  

Construction is just getting underway and we look forward to sharing many more details about both projects in the coming months.
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WBUR Covers Mount Auburn Climate Study Volunteers 

Mount Auburn
has long been renowned as an urban oasis and is n ow taking on the role of tracking climate change. R ecently a group of volunteers set out on the trail of Phenology. Listen  on WBUR .
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The 9th Annual Open Archives: "Living and Dying in Cambridge"

Imagine having the chance to examine an amazing selection of documents, ephemera, and photographs while discussing the history of Mount Auburn Cemetery. This dream came true for the lucky individuals who attended this year's 9th Annual Cambridge Open Archives.

Two groups of curious visitors joined us on June 19th for the opportunity to view archival materials from Mount Auburn's Historical Collections. This year's theme, Living and Dying in Cambridge, was a particularly good fit for the Cemetery!  
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Under Mount Auburn's Tree Canopy with Lynda V. Mapes

Mount Auburn is that rare thing:  an island of peace, where  trees, as well as memory, are allowed to grow rich and full over time.  To walk this place and talk about the beauty and wonder of trees and their ...  read more
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A Conversation with Educator-in-Residence Susan Rauchwerk

Mount Auburn is currently partnering with Lesley University thanks to a two-year grant from the A.J. & M.D. Ruggiero Memorial Trust, to assess the current state of the Cemetery as a wildlife habitat.
The educational side of the collaboration is being led by Associate Professor Susan Rauchwerk of Lesley, serving as the A.J. & M.D. Ruggiero Memorial Trust Educator-in-Residence at Mount Auburn. Susan has already begun to conduct programs with groups of local students in... more
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Bird Bath
Wildlife: Summer Birding 

Summer is a great time to come birding at Mount Auburn at a more relaxed pace.  There is less diversity of species which allows for you to spend more time really studying the birds.  Find  a shady bench near Auburn Lake or Willow Pond and observe... 
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Eternally Green: Wildlife and Habitat at Mount Auburn

Mount Auburn has become a living laboratory for studying biodiversity. We've recently embarked on projects with citizen scientists, professors and students from Lesley and Tufts Universities, and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).  
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Horticulture Highlight:  Fragrant water-lily, Nymphaea odorata
 
Nymphaea odorata with leaves, up to 10-inches wide, float on the water's surface, attached by long stems to the rhizome roots in the mud below. The genus Nymphaea takes root from the Greek word describing mythological... more
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Person of the Month:  William Brewster (1851-1919)
  
William Brewster was born on July 5, 1851, and went on to become a noted ornithologist.   He spent his life observing the birds of New England, and collecting local specimens. 

He also helped to organize the Nuttall Ornithological Club (1873) and later served as the first president of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. 

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Beyond Our Gates: Events of Interest to the Community

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NPS Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters have planned a year of exciting programming highlighting  Frances Appleton Longfellow!

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Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215-3695

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