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Mount Auburn Receives Federal Grant from IMLS for Plant Collections

September 29, 2017

The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery is delighted to announce that we have received an FY2017 Museums for America grant of $100,000 (MA-30-17-0309-17) from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) in support of a two-year project to develop a new plant collections online map application that will help guide visitors onsite or visit the arboretum collections virtually. (more…)

Mount Auburn Cemetery Joins Bayer Feed a Bee Program

July 27, 2017

$500,000 Grant Initiative to Plant Forage in All 50 States

Tucked away in the southwest corner of Mount Auburn is the Cemetery’s apiary, which houses six beehives. These hives are homes to honeybees which pollinate the thousands of trees, shrubs, and perennials on our grounds, and serve as tools to educate visitors about the benefits of bees and beekeeping. Currently, the 2.5-acres surrounding the apiary has no planting except for grass. A Feed a Bee Grant is allowing us to establish a rich new habitat with abundant flowering plants that will provide a food source to sustain the native and managed bees who pollinate our plants. This in turn produces better quality fruits which we use to propagate more plants from seed in our nearby greenhouse. The habitat will also provide food for other wildlife such as migrating birds and monarch butterflies. (more…)

Friends Receives Federal Grant to Support Plant Collections

September 26, 2016

Wildflower Meadow 288

The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery is delighted to have received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museums for America Program (MA-31-16-0028-16) for a year-long project which will use new technologies and field data collection methods to design a process for inventorying, documenting, and mapping our plant collections. (more…)

Roberto Mighty’s exhibition planned for Cambridge Open Studios

March 15, 2015


In April 2014, filmmaker and new media artist Roberto Mighty became Mount Auburn Cemetery’s first artist-in-residence. In 2013, the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery was awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (MA-30-13-0533-13) for a two-year Collections Stewardship project to catalog, photograph, and assess the Cemetery’s Significant Monument Collection and fine arts statuary.As part of this project we engaged Mighty for an eighteen month artist-in-residency with funding to create documentary videos and a film about the preservation of the Binney Monument, one of the Cemetery’s most significant monuments. (more…)