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Mount Auburn Book Club: Two Years Before the Mast
Richard Henry Dana, Jr. wrote this account about his experiences on a two year sea voyage at the age of 19. Two Years Before the Mast: A Sailor’s Life at Sea (1840) is a riveting account of traveling around Cape Horn to the California coast. Although Dana is buried in Rome, there is a memorial to him at Mount Auburn in his family’s lot.
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.