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Mount Auburn's New Mobile App 

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new mobile app!  Starting this spring, you can explore the many facets of Mount Auburn using your own mobile device.

Explore Mount Auburn following a thematic tour, discover the Cemetery's many significant landmarks, and search our database of nearly 100,000 burials.

Download the app for free from GooglePlay or iTunes to access the same points of interest and tours currently available in our printed maps and guides.

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Veterans Historic 
Monument Preservation

Through a combination of words and imagery, veterans' memorials found throughout Mount Auburn contribute to the telling of American history and the service of men and women in times of war. You can now access information about a group of nine veterans of the Civil War and World War I, and the details of their monuments at Mount Auburn,  through our new mobile app

The Friends of Mount Auburn is currently fundraising to conserve these memorials, all of which offer unique contributions to our understanding of Massachusetts and American military history. We have received a challenge grant of $7,500 from the Massachusetts Archives, and are seeking funds to match it one-to-one. 

To support this project, please visit  http://mountauburn.org/give/
and select "Veterans Preservation" on the list of donation options. Thank you for helping us preserve these monuments to military heroes for future generations of visitors! 
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Satigatha at Story Chapel
Sunday 5/7 at 4PM

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

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Fleming Monument
Author Talk: "The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars"
Monday, May 15th at 6PM

Celebrate the 160th birthday of astronomer Williamina Fleming! After a talk about her new book, The Glass Universe, author Dava Sobel will lead a walk to Fleming's grave as well as others who played a role in the story of the pioneering women who worked at the Harvard College Observatory... 
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Early Risers Horticulture Club
Fridays 5/12, 5/26, 6/9 & 6/16 at 7AM

Join us for these free one hour early morning walks to discover what's in bloom and other items of horticulture interest. From early bulbs to magnificent flowering trees, we will try to catch them all!
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Mindful Walking
Sunday 5/21 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.

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Eternally Green:  Bike to Work 

When I started working at Mount Auburn, a friend suggested I bike to work. Encouraged by the prospect of not being stuck in traffic for an hour a day, I gave it a try. I discovered a series of bike paths and I've been riding every day that i can ...  more
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Consecration Dell
History Highlight:  Cemetery named "Mount Auburn"

The seventy-two acres purchased from George Brimmer for the purpose of a cemetery was commonly known to students by the name of "Sweet Auburn" after the fictitious town in Oliver Goldsmith's... more

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Horticulture Highlight: Wisteria, Wisteria floribunda

Wisteria is a relatively small genus of ten species of woody vines, within the FABACEAE, or legume family. 
Their floral show is produced on 8 to 20-inch-long pendulous racemes, swaying or fluttering with the wind. 

The individual violet or violet-blue, slightly fragrant flowers have five petals of three different shapes. These flowers are very attractive to bees and other pollinators.  Learn about  wisteria
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Julia Ward Howe Monument
Person of the Month:  Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910)

In February of 1862, Julia Ward Howe's poem "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" was published. Inspired by a visit to Union troops, the poem became a national success and made Howe a celebrity.

Howe used her fame to promote the Peace Movement and instituted the annual Mother's Day for Peace in 1872. This was the beginning of a lifelong dedication to the growing Women's Suffrage Movement.

At her memorial service at Symphony Hall, over 4,000 visitors sang "Battle Hymn of the Republic"...  more

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Nancy Rappaport's 
Regeneration heads to NYC this fall!
 
Last October Nancy Rappaport debuted her one-woman show, Regeneration, at Mount Auburn Cemetery.  
Regeneration is an uplifting and daring show about one woman's journey through breast cancer that illuminates the jagged edge between serenity and fear, strength and vulnerability. After a routine breast exam, Dr. Barrett is catapulted from doctor to patient, where she confronts her mortality with tenderness and humor. In an unexpected twist she finds courage at Mount Auburn Cemetery.
We are excited to share the news that Regeneration has been included in this fall's United Solo Theater Festival in New York City. United Solo Theatre Festival is the world's largest solo theatre festival, presenting a selection of productions between September and November.  

Tickets have already SOLD OUT for the scheduled performances on October 4 th  nd 5th , but tickets are still available for the third performance on Monday, October 9, at 7:30PM.
 
Visit http://unitedsolo.org/us/regeneration-2017/ for information and to purchase tickets before they sell out!
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Beyond Our Gates: Events of Interest to the Community

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Thursday, May 11, 6:30PM

Ongoing

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

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Concord Free Public Library
Author of The Stranger's Tomb

Thursday May 18th at 7PM
129 Main Street Concord, MA 01742

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Historical Society of Watertown
Annual Members Meeting

with special presentation by David Russo

Wednesday, May 24th at 7PM

Watertown Free Public Library, 
123 Main Street | Watertown, Massachusetts 02472


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Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery
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