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Mount Auburn Book Club: Pure
Prior to the rural cemetery movement, urban graveyards were crowded, unhealthy, and impermanent. Cities struggled to find room for the dead and graves and graveyards were often moved and occasionally lost or destroyed. Pure by Andrew Miller (2012) is a historical fiction look at the exhumation and moving of the ancient Les Innocents Cemetery in 18th century Paris.
Each month, the Mount Auburn Book Club meets to discuss a selected work related to one of Mount Auburn’s many facets. Selections range from books on history, natural history, horticulture, art, architecture, preservation, and wildlife to books written by or about those now buried and commemorated here. The Book Club meets in Story Chapel on the second Thursday of each month. Coffee and tea are provided.
Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.