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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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The Harnden monument 
Annual Giving at Mount Auburn 

The work we do here at Mount Auburn is incredibly diverse. As an active cemetery, historic landmark, accredited arboretum, and urban wildlife refuge, it takes all of our different departments working together to fulfill our mission to inspire, commemorate, and provide comfort in our beautiful landscape.
 
As we approach the end of the year, we are deeply grateful for the generous Annual Fund support we receive from our donors, which makes all of the work we do possible.   Read more...
 
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Candle Lighting Service
Wednesday, December 21st at 4PM

Join us in Story Chapel for this seasonal program of words and music. During the service, you will have the opportunity to light a candle in honor of someone you wish to remember. After the service, we will host a reception with refreshments in Bigelow Chapel.  Learn more...

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Wildlife: Christmas Bird Count 

The Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the National Audubon Society is the biggest birding event of the year, last year 59,039 people participated in 1,000+ different counts amassing a total of 54,531,408 birds. Yes,  you too can particpate!   Read more...
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Horticultural Highlight: 
Alaska yellow-cedar

 
Native from coastal Alaska's William Sound, down through British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, to the mountains of northwestern California, Alaska yellow-cedar, Xanthocyparis nootkatensis is a slow-growing, long-lived species.  This tree  joins a list of botanically different types of plants loosely given the common name cedar (western red cedar, Atlantic white cedar, red cedar, incense cedar, Japanese cedar, and hiba cedar are part of an incomplete list), not one of which are a "true cedar", within the genus Cedrus.  Often botanists, taxonomists and those scientifically inclined will state their preference...  learn more
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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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The Thomas H. Perkins monument sculpted by Horatio Greenough
Person of the Month: Thomas Handasyd Perkins 
 
Thomas Handasyd Perkins was born on December 15, 1764 and by his 20th birthday was traveling the world. 

After a trip to China he formed J. & T. H. Perkins which soon became the foremost American trading house with China. Business acumen aside, Perkins is best known for philanthropy, leading the way for the creation of the New England Asylum for the Blind, later known as the Perkins School for the Blind.   Learn more about him...  
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Beyond Our Gates: Events of Interest to the Community

 

105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Friday, December 9th, from 4 - 8 PM

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Author Talk with Tamara Thornton 
Wednesday, December 14th at 6 PM
Massachusetts Historical Society
1154 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02215-3695

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