Category: News

The Mount Auburn Plays: A Playwright’s Inspiration Comes to Life

October 3, 2018

Mount Auburn Cemetery is the final resting place to such historic writers as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Bernard Malamud and Roberto Creeley. And now, Mount Auburn is home to the first-ever Playwright Artist in Residence, Patrick Gabridge. The award-winning playwright’s two-year residency, which started in January 2018, is well under way as a series of site-specific plays inspired by the Cemetery’s stunning landscape and 187-year history are coming to life. Gabridge’s Mount Auburn Plays will include two sets of one-acts called The Nature Plays and The America Plays, set to premiere on June 1-2 and September 8-9, 2019.

Over the past eight months Patrick could be seen among Mount Auburn’s historic headstones, landscaped gardens, ponds, and outdoor statuary, setting the locations and themes of the Mount Auburn Plays. We were thrilled to get a sneak-peek of his works this month during several staged public readings. (more…)

New This Month: All Public Programs Free for Members!

October 2, 2018

October is here, marking the official start of the new unified membership program for the Friends of Mount Auburn, along with a new selection of member benefits in appreciation for your support. In particular, we are excited to announce that all public programs are now free to members! Simply select the “member” option when you sign up for any program of interest, either online or on the signup form in our printed calendar (mailed bi-annually and available in our Visitors Center).

We are grateful to all our Friends who generously support Mount Auburn each year. We hope you will take advantage of our robust roster of programming, covering topics ranging from history to horticulture, art to ecology, all available online at:

Interested in learning more or becoming a member?  Please contact us at or 617-607-1982, or donate online at:

Sweet Auburn Magazine

September 3, 2018

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…)

NEW Improvements to the Friends of Mount Auburn

August 21, 2018

The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery provides essential support to maintain and enhance our treasured landscape. We are pleased to announce new and exciting changes to our Membership program and benefits.

Currently, unrestricted donations to the Friends flow through two separate giving avenues, the Annual Fund and Membership. Following a series of discussions and roundtables with members, donors, volunteers, and staff, we have decided to merge these two initiatives into a single unified program. (more…)