April 2017
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Pioneer to Less Suffering
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THU, APR 27 
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Last Chance!
Season of Remembrance

Mount Auburn Cemetery is now accepting orders for our SPRING 2017 Season of Remembrance.

Online orders will be accepted through the end of the business day on April 5, 2017

Floral tributes will be placed with your order in mid-April.  

Satigatha at Story Chapel
Sunday 4/9 at 4PM

Satigatha, "mindful song" is a blend of folk and Buddhist-oriented music dedicated to opening the heart of devotion through chanting. Satigatha consists of Harvard Divinity School graduates.  Register today!

Photo by Sandy Selesky
Wildlife: The Brown Creeper

Certainly well named, the Brown Creeper fits the bill; their streaked brown upperparts provide camouflage as they "creep" upward on a tree trunk. Both the male and female look alike; they prefer mature forests with a mix of deciduous trees and evergreens where they nest. 
The Brown Creeper is one of the earliest migrants in the first weeks of spring at Mount Auburn, its protective coloring, as well as being a quiet and a solitary bird, can easily escape detection from the birder.
A group of creepers, if you ever see a group is called a "spiral" of creepers.  The Brown Creeper slowly climbs upward in a spiral as it methodically searches for...  learn more


Poetry Month Pop-up Concert with Mary Bichner
Wednesday, 4/12 at 6:30PM

Composer in Residence Mary Bichner and the Planetary Quartet will present a 20 minute set of music in the landscape for Poetry Month. Meet at the Lowell lot on Fountain Avenue.

Dead People I Have Met 
Saturday, 4/15 at 1PM

In 1850, Mount Auburn resident Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806 - 1867)  published his book "People I Have Met."  Though barely remembered today, Willis - a poet, editor and  publisher - was for a time, the highest-paid magazine writer of his day. 

Literary historian Rob Velella uses the Willis memoir as inspiration for a discussion highlighting his own visits to authors' graves across the United States and what motivates his...  learn more  

Talking About Death 
Wednesday, 4/19 at 6PM

Award-winning author Virginia Morris discusses why advance directives and even loved ones' assurances aren't enough, some common obstacles that stand in the way of a more peaceful death, and ways to ensure your wishes are actually followed.  

Virginia Morris has devoted her career to researching and writing about health care, medical research and related social issues. 

Copies of the book will be available for sale.


Project SAVE
Thursday, 4/27 at 7PM

Join Ruth Thomasian, founder and CEO of Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives to learn the importance of preserving family photos.  Project SAVE has ...  more

Mindful Walking
Sunday, 4/30 at 2PM

Walking meditation is one of the most accessible ways to start a Mindfulness practice, and the tranquility of Mount Auburn Cemetery is an ideal location for seasonal contemplation. 

Please join us for a brief introduction to Mindfulness, followed by an opportunity to practice Mindful Walking with Alysia Linsenmayer who  teaches Restorative yoga at Artemis Yoga in Watertown, MA.


Get outside and explore!
April 14 - 18, 2017

Mount Auburn Cemetery will be a "destination" for the public to make biodiversity observations as part of:


History Highlight: April 1, 1997 Snowstorm Causes Enormous Tree and Shrub Damage

On April 1, 1997 twenty-five inches of heavy snow damaged and destroyed Mount Auburn's treasured trees. An outpouring of financial support from hundreds of supporters contributed to the recovery effort...  more

History Highlight: Three "R's": Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

You may have heard of the three "R's" Reduce, Reuse, Recycle before, but have you thought about what they mean, and how they can make a positive change in your household?

All three refer to the importance of properly managing waste. Manufacturing, packaging and shipping goods consumes energy and other important resources. Energy usage... more

Horticulture Highlight: Lenten rose, Helleborus orientalis 

Despite the name, Lenten rose, Helleborus orientalis and Helleborus xhybridusthese are not roses. The name was purportedly given by Hippocrates and  includes 15-20 species within the buttercup family.  Learn more...

Edgerton Monument
Person of the Month:  Harold E. "Doc" Edgerton (1903-1990) 
Experiments with flash tubes as a MIT student led Harold Edgerton to invent the stroboscope in 1931.   He used the stroboscope to capture images that eluded human eyes - a hummingbird in flight and the corona of...  more  

Engraving of Channing Lot
by James Smillie
Monument Preservation Fund: William Ellery Channing

Rev. William Ellery Channing's monument at Mount Auburn is in need of repair. Unitarian Universalists have petitioned the Cemetery to raise half the funds needed for the project.  Please contribute if you can.


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Beyond Our Gates: Events of Interest to the Community



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


Cambridge Public Library
William A. McEvoy, Jr., Local Historian
"The Forgotten Irish of Mount Auburn Catholic Cemetery"
April 26 at 6PM


Move Domestic Arts to the Public Realm

Cambridge Historical Society
April 27 at 5:30PM


Now - April 29
Exhibit of Watercolors by Clare Walker Leslie

Salon R, 703 Mount Auburn St. Cambridge
Opening Reception March 21, 5:30 - 7:30


Now -  April 16, 2017

Photography by 

First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington
630 Mass. Ave,. Arlington, MA


Wednesday, May 24th at 7PM

Annual Members Meeting 
with special presentation by David Russo
"The Monuments of Mount Auburn Cemetery" 
Watertown Free Public Library, 
Watertown, MA 02472

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Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery
tel: 617-547-7105 

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