Historic restoration of Bigelow Chapel’s Great Rose Window began this week as part of the larger Bigelow Chapel revitalization project. Located over the entrance door to the Chapel, the large window is an important example of early stained glass in this country. Today, the window is urgently in need of restoration. The glass panels are bowing and cracking, and previous waterproofing repairs obscure the delicate painted glass designs.
The Great Rose Window was commissioned in 1845 by Jacob Bigelow as part of his original design for Bigelow Chapel. Bigelow selected the firm of Ballantine and Allan from Edinburgh, Scotland to furnish the colored and leaded glass, and to work with him on the design. The Great Rose Window is an important record of the firm’s early production and was among the first colored glass shipped to the United States by Ballantine and Allan.
On August 30th, the fragile glass panels were carefully removed from their historic cast-iron frame and were transported to the studio of Serpentino Stained & Leaded Glass Inc. of Needham, Mass, where they will be restored with oversight from Consultant Julie Sloan and Mount Auburn’s preservation and curatorial staff.
$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…)
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…)
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…)