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Revitalizing Bigelow Chapel & Asa Gray Garden

February 1, 2018

As part of its Strategic Plan, Mount Auburn is currently revitalizing two of its most celebrated landmarks, Asa Gray Garden and Bigelow Chapel. Together these projects are part of a larger initiative to enhance the experience of arriving at and being within Mount Auburn, a place that has served to comfort the bereaved and inspire all who visit since its founding. Independently, each project presents an exciting new chapter in the Cemetery’s history.

Wildlife at Mount Auburn: Winter Birding

January 30, 2018

Winter is an ideal time to get familiar with the year-round resident birds of Mount Auburn. If you are a beginner birder this time of year offers the opportunity to see and hear the common birds of the area without the distractions of migrants or foliage on the trees.

During the winter months, in addition to Sparrows, Blue Jays, Robins, Cardinals and Crows, you might see a Great Blue Heron, a Cooper’s Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk or a Red-tailed Hawk and possibly a Great Horned Owl or a Screech Owl.

Photo by Al Parker, Mount Auburn Security

There is also the potential for seeing any of the following birds here during the winter months: American Kestrel, White-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadee, Brown Creeper, Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, European Starling, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Hooded Merganser, House Finch, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird, Tufted Titmouse, White-throated Sparrow and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.

Join us for a Winter Birding Walk!

Clean-Up, Clear-Out, and Repurpose-A Great Success!

January 30, 2018

This year, Mount Auburn Cemetery expanded the annual electronics recycling event into a new, three-day effort titled “Clean Up, Clear Out & Repurpose”.  It began with a staff Clean-up day on Thursday January 18, 2018 and ended with the 6th Annual Electronics Recycling event that was open to the public.

Day one was for staff to organize their office – set aside items of interest to the archives, and organize items for shredding (financial and confidential records) and regular paper recycling. Tips were offered for digital organization (file naming conventions) as well as tips on items of interest for the archives and what types of paperwork need to be shredded.

Shredding Sensitive Materials

On Friday, January 19, Mount Auburn contracted with Shred King to bring in a shredding truck to collect and shred all paper with sensitive information cleared out from our offices. This is one way in which Mount Auburn safeguards client and employee information.  Our shred-able documents filled over 16 banker’s boxes (~30 lbs / each).  For regular paper recycling, Save That Stuff delivered three extra bins in addition to the three that Mount Auburn uses on a weekly basis.

Electronics Recycling

Also on Friday, employees and volunteers were invited to drop off their personal electronic items to be recycled along with items that Mount Auburn was recycling. We had a strong crew of staff and volunteers to manage the drop-offs on Friday.

Sixth Annual Electronics Recycling Event Open to the Public

Then on the third day of the event, Saturday January 20th, 2018, we greeted the public participating in our 6th annual Electronics Recycling event at the Operations Center parking area on Cottage Street from 10:00AM-1:00 PM. All materials were picked up by Northeast Material Handling. The weather was cool and windy, but temperatures held in the 40’s. Greg Ghazil, Preservation Craftsperson; Jessica Bussmann, Director of Education and Visitor Services; Corinne Elicone, Events and Outreach Coordinator; and Stephen Jackson, Plant Records & GIS Manager, turned out to host the event with me and volunteer Caleb Stewart.

Overall it was a great three-day event. About 50 vehicles and two (2) walk-up customers delivered items on Saturday. The oddest items coming to our collection this year: lawnmower blades, an electric snow-blower and a stationary bicycle. This year all the bins were completely full!

Well done, people!

We heard that the event was mentioned on the blog of the vice-mayor of Cambridge. Thank you. This effort was sponsored by Mount Auburn’s Sustainability Working Groups under the leadership of Paul Kwiatkowski, Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability Manager.  Also thanks to Meg Winslow, Curator of Historical Collections, and Paul Morris, Accounting Manager, for their tips on ‘What to Archive’ and ‘What to Shred’.  A big thank you to everyone for another successful event.


12 bins of electronic equipment:

~2500 lbs, 554 items recycled

~450 lbs of scrap metal

60 lbs of alkaline batteries

SAVED: precious documents

SHREDDED: sensitive information, ~480 lbs