Published biannually, Sweet Auburn is an exploration and celebration of the many facets of Mount Auburn Cemetery. Topics covered in the magazine include art, architecture, biography, burial and commemoration, conservation, design, ecology, education, history, horticulture , genealogy, preservation, and wildlife. (more…)
Images of celestial beings are found throughout the Cemetery, proudly posing on pedestals or tucked into the decorations of many monuments. The brochures below include some of the many angels and cherubs found at Mount Auburn.
Join Rosemarie Smurzynski for a tour of Angels & Cherubs at a future date to be announced!
A Guide to Angels in Mount Auburn Cemetery
and their Role in Consoling the Human Heart
The word angel derives from the Greek “angelos” which means messenger.
In Islam the word for angel is “mala” which also means messenger. (more…)
American Painter Maria Richards Oakey was born on October 27, 1845 in New York City. Although she originally grappled with the choice of pursuing writing or painting when she was a young adult, Maria eventually chose to study at the Cooper Union School of Design for Women in New York City where she learned to paint in oil and watercolor. After her time at the Cooper Union, she went on to study art for another four years at the National Academy of Design, also in New York City. In 1875 Oakey joined fellow Academy students in establishing the Art Students League, which provided a cosmopolitan and progressive alternative to studying art compared to the traditionalism offered at the Academy. (more…)
The 9th Annual Cambridge Open Archives: “Living and Dying in Cambridge”
Can you imagine having the chance to examine an amazing selection of primary documents, ephemera, and photographs while discussing the history of Mount Auburn Cemetery? Well, this dream came true for the lucky individuals who attended this year’s 9th Annual Cambridge Open Archives.
Two groups of twenty curious visitors each joined us on the afternoon of June 19th for the rare opportunity to view archival materials from Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Historical Collections. This year’s theme, Living and Dying in Cambridge, was a particularly good fit for the Cemetery! (more…)