May 2018
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Service of Commemoration

We invite you to join us for our Service of Commemoration. Words and music will help us to remember those who have gone before us during this Memorial Day service.


Memorial Day Tributes

We are now accepting orders for Memorial Day tributes.  Floral tributes ordered through the Cemetery will be prepared by our Greenhouse staff and then placed at the family lot, grave, or niche indicated with your order. 
Orders must be received by May 18th  to ensure placement by Memorial Day. 

Please visit our online store to place your order.

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 your own loved ones.   Read more...

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!

Horticulture Highlight: 
Carolina Silverbell, Halesia tetraptera 

Bejeweled with dangling white, 1/2-3/4 inch, bell-shaped flowers, Carolina Silverbell, Halesia tetraptera  usually flower in the later part of May.   A tree covered with white flowers often...  more

Tree Peony
Early Risers Club
Fridays, 5/11 & 5/25 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!   


Warbler Watercolor by Wenfei Tong
Warblers by Wenfei Tong
Birds & Birding: A Timetable of May Migration at Mount Auburn 

May is when the peak abundance of migrant birds is found here at the Cemetery. Early morning is the optimal time of day with many birds singing in the areas around Halcyon and Auburn lakes, as well as Willow Pond. 

Meanwhile the Consecration Dell area becomes active. ..  more


Arbor Day Video

Members of the community, tree activists, florists, town officials and The Friends of Mount Auburn all gathered at the Commander's Mansion on Thursday, April 26th to celebrate Arbor Day. 


Trees. They produce oxygen, clean our air of pollutants, provide us shade on a hot day, and mesmerize us with their changing colors and winding branches. It's hard to express how grateful we are to have over 5,500 trees in Mount Auburn Cemetery.

To celebrate National Public Gardens Day, and the many trees that shape our community, we are announcing an Instagram Giveaway in partnership with Sofra Bakery & Cafe!

To enter to win a $25 gift card to Sofra Bakery and Café as well as a Sofra canvas tote bag, Express your love of trees on Instagram and post a selfie with a tree at Mount Auburn Cemetery with the hashtag #MeAndATree. Don't forget to follow and tag @MountAuburnCemetery's Instagram account in your post!

The winner of the contest will be announced on National Public Gardens Day on May 11th!

History Highlight:  Freeland Mausoleum Constructed

Designed by noted Boston architects William Robert Ware and Henry Van Brunt, the Freeland mausoleum on Lawn Avenue was the first freestanding tomb constructed at the Cemetery. 

Ware and Van Brunt designed several other local landmarks, including Memorial Hall at Harvard.   Learn more...

The monument of Williamina Fleming reads: Astronomer
Person of the Month: Williamina Fleming (1857-1911)

When a male assistant proved inept, Edward C. Pickering, an astronomer at Harvard College stated that his Scottish maid could do better, offering Williamina Fleming a position.

Fleming indexed the photographic plates used to record astronomical research and went on to discover ten novas, over 200 variable stars, and most notably...  more

Learn more about Williamina in  The Women who Mapped the Stars , a  time-bending play which presents the interlocking personal stories of five remarkable women working at the Harvard College Observatory in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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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 

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Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery
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