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Donor event: Ornamenting the Landscape

October 13 @ 5:00 pm
October 13 @ 6:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery
580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

In the mid-19th century, family lots at Mount Auburn were often decorated in a similar fashion to one’s home or front yard. In addition to monuments, lots were “ornamented” with cast iron furniture, urns, and even statuary. Between 1830 and 1860, more than 1,700 cast and wrought iron fences were added to our landscape. Most were removed by families before the 1900s, replaced by a new preference for granite curbing, and later, to simplify the landscape. Today, only 62 fences remain, and Mount Auburn is committed to their preservation. Join Curator of Historical Collections & Archives Meg L. Winslow for her annual Art of Commemoration walking tour to learn more about “ornamenting the landscape” and our unique collection of fencing and ornament.  Reception to follow.

This is a special event for members at the Patron level and higher. RSVP to amoir@mountauburn.org.

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