Sweet Auburn, Fall 2007

Sweet Auburn Fall 2007

Inside this Issue…

President’s Corner

New Visitors Center Increases Educational Outreach by Stephen H. Anable
The Visitors Center in Story Chapel exemplifies Mount Auburn’s commitment to education by providing information to help visitors read the landscape and learn about the Cemetery’s historical context and relevance. Bree Harvey and Janet Heywood comment on the significance of the Visitors Center in relation to the vision of the Cemetery’s founders.

Stories Behind the Stones: A Mount Auburn Cemetery Love Story by Brian A. Sullivan
The memoir of Vincent Yardley Bowditch chronicles the love between his brother, Nathaniel, and Nathaniel’s fiance, Katharine Day Putnam.

Horticulture at Mount Auburn Under the Spotlight by David P. Barnett

Claude Benoit, Director of Horticulture, Retires by Stephen Anable

Preservation Initiative in Full Swing
The Preservation Initiative includes a Task Force, comprised of Bill Barry, David Straus, Oliver Scholle, Shary Berg, Dennis Montagna, Henry Moss, Ivan Myjer, Charles Sullivan, Wendall Kalsow, and Liz Vizza, that surveys data and prioritizes preservation.

Copying Books, Rare Records of Cemetery Operations, Captured for Research Use by Meg L. Winslow and Brian A. Sullivan
Boston Photo Imaging captured high-resolution digital images of 65 copying books at risk of decomposition.

Louis Agassiz, To Monsieur with Love by Bree D. Harvey
On the 200th anniversary of the notable naturalist’s birthday, Harvey offers a glimpse of Louis Agassiz’s life and legacy, from his founding of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology to his marriage to Elizabeth Cary.

Birch Gardens is Taking Shape by Candace Currie

Honoring the People You Love in the Way You Wish

People & Happenings: 175th Anniversary Concludes; Bill Clendaniel to Retire from Mount Auburn; Sean McDonnell Joins Friends Trustees; A Rare Day in June; Program and Special Tour Highlights; Mount Auburn Wins a National Trust for Historic Preservation Award; Staff Activities; Wildflower Meadow; Media Coverage; Bill on the Road Again; Prominent Japanese Funeral Home Directors; A Portrait of the Poet as a Neighbor by Stephen Anable

The Future is Green: Arranging a Bequest for Ecological Assessment at Mount Auburn