Virtual ways to enjoy the Cemetery

May 1, 2020

Follow Us on Social Media

Our staff continue to regularly post historical and horticultural highlights on our social medial channels. Make sure you are following us to learn more about the may facets of Mount Auburn and to get our latest news: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Join a Virtual Public Program


Thursday, July 23, 5:30 pm: Virtual Tour: Symbols and Meanings of Victorian Funerary Art

… and more events are being added weekly!

Watch Recordings of previously held Virtual Programs:

These programs have already happened, however you can watch the recorded videos here at a time of your own choosing!

Explore our Archives

Explore our Online Collections Database. This online catalog allows you to explore Mount Auburn’s Historical Collections & Archives. Holdings include a wide range of prints, photographs, books, ephemera, maps, plans, decorative arts, fine art, and more than 3,500 linear feet of archival records.

An Invitation to Help Transcribe Our History – From Home! Mount Auburn is pleased to announce an exciting new transcription project that welcomes your participation in making our history more accessible. The Cemetery’s Historical Collections & Archives staff have preserved our most significant archival documents, but many of these are hand-written 19th-century letters and reports that are not easy to read. By transcribing these materials, researchers will be able to read and search across thousands of pages for the first time. That’s where you come in!

Learn more about Mount Auburn’s Significant Monuments in our online exhibit featuring thirty monuments of historic and artistic significance.

Our digital archive includes all of the past issues of Sweet Auburn: The Magazine of the Friends of Mount Auburn.

Be Inspired

Explore the final projects of Mount Auburn’s former Artists-in-Residence: – In a multimedia project that includes twenty nine videos, photographs, and words, Mount Auburn’s first Artist-in-Residence Roberto Mighty celebrates the seasons and the stories of Mount Auburn.

Spring & Autumn Suites – Twelve classical works composed by Mount Auburn’s second Artist-in-Residence Mary Bichner and recorded at WGBH Studios draw inspiration from the landscape’s seasonal colors and the poetry of its notable residents

Learn more about our many facets

Stay Home Sweet Auburn: an exciting new video series started by The Friends of Mount Auburn during the pandemic. We are continuing to expand our virtual programming so you can learn from home!

Listen to the recent Talk Nerdy Podcast interview with Paul Kwaitkowski, Mount Auburn’s Wildlife Conservation and Sustainability Manager on Citizen Science to learn more about our efforts to create beneficial wildlife habitat.

Browse Mount Auburn’s website and read Notable People Biographies and History, Horticulture, and Wildlife Highlights, or learn about Environmental Stewardship initiatives.

Take a Deep Breath

View a peaceful and calming Spring and Early Summer slideshow with music from Composer-in-Residence Mary Bichner.

Watch a serene scene slideshow from Mount Auburn with inspiring music!

Relax with a Mount Auburn Moment of Zen. Mount Auburn’s grounds may be closed to the public to keep our staff and families burying loved ones safe, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a bit of springtime at Mount Auburn.

Watch a contemplative concert with Satigata, performed in Story Chapel on April 9, 2017 and recorded by Cambridge Community Television.

Enjoy memories of previous spring seasons at Mount Auburn Cemetery!

“Alice North Towne Lincoln: Boston’s Selfless Advocate for the Poor” By William A. McEvoy Jr. (Free Download)

July 13, 2020

Author and historian William McEvoy has just completed an 88 page biography on Alice North Towne Lincoln, buried on Snowdrop Path in Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Alice N. Lincoln was a philanthropist in 19th century Boston who focused on reforming tenement housing, closing down the hospital on Rainsford Island, and a number of other causes.

You will find a link to download McEvoy’s book below. Also make sure to check out our YouTube series, “Stay Home Sweet Auburn” where Corinne Elicone visits Lincoln’s grave and tells the story of Rainsford Island.

Open Position: Director of Information Technology

July 7, 2020


Responsible for planning, selecting and implementing all technology services for employees and departments. Responsible for computer support services, software development, database management, cemetery-wide telecommunications services, long-range technology planning, process redesign, quality assurance and technology standards. Responsible for managing the installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of the audio visual (AV) systems.  Responsible for oversight of the Geographic Information System (GIS) department and provides guidance on the direction of the Cemetery’s GIS environment.  Educates in-house staff regarding technology changes, standards and usage of AV systems.


Provide and support computer hardware, software and telecommunications systems.

Hire, train and supervise one information technology staff member. Train co-workers to provide backup coverage.

Supervise the GIS Specialist in the development of the newly formed GIS department and to promote a GIS resource of the highest data standard and integrity for all cemetery departments, collaborating with other institutions and the general public.

Provide technical support and consultation to users, analyze hardware and software, and perform advanced diagnostics and research.

Manage complex projects including the installation of telecommunication systems and internet service, records management assessment and inventory, and on-going application development.

Ensure integrity of Cemetery’s data through system recovery planning and secure networking.

Establish standards for computer software and hardware, business systems, telecommunications and radios.

Develop, maintain, and enforce information technology standards, policies, and procedures.

Maintain IT policy documents and information security program.

Maintain compliance with ISO 27002 Standard, PCI DSS and state regulations.

Coordinate with other supervisors and management on IT needs.

Coordinate and/or deliver IT functions Including:

* Install approved hardware and software

*Install and maintain patch status of operating systems, anti-virus and business systems

*Install and maintain all printers, plotters and scanners

*Perform database upgrades and backups

*Administer user accounts for staff and volunteers

*Expand and maintain campus network, firewalls, VLAN, VPN and VMware

Coordinate and/or deliver training for computer and telephone users.

Provide and maintain company web infrastructure.

Maintain ‘help desk’ systems and services for staff and volunteers, inventory and repair history for computer hardware and software.

Direct short and long-range planning for technology and information systems.

Prepare and administer the technology budget.

Maintain knowledge of current developments in the technology field and research products.

Available to address critical IT issues occasionally during non-business hours.

Manage the installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of the audio visual (AV) systems.

Train users on the usage of the AV systems.

Carries out special projects for the Executive Vice President & CFO as requested.

As with all Cemetery staff, assist with any cemetery business including special meetings, conferences, Friends events and public programs as needed.

Demonstrate responsible stewardship for the environment when planning and implementing all duties incorporated in job description.


Bachelors in a technical field of study (Computer Science, Information Technology) required or equivalent experience.  Masters in Computer Science preferred.

A minimum of eight years’ experience working in an IT environment with a minimum of four years’ experience leading a technical department.

Strong knowledge of PC hardware, Windows operating systems and software such as AutoCAD, MS Office, MS Outlook, Web design, hosting and GIS.  Experience or familiarity with ESRI tools.

Strong project leader skills for working with a diverse staff, contractors and consultants.

Knowledge of database design and software development process.  Familiarity with Microsoft Access and SQL Server.

Knowledge of scanned image processing, storage and retrieval of documents.

Knowledge of audio-visual equipment.

Demonstrates proficiency with administrative scripting, PowerShell and command line.

Proficient at switch and router command line configuration.

Ability to learn new hardware/software quickly.

Must see the ‘big picture’ and be detailed-oriented with the ability to quickly identify technical risks and design flaws.

Collaborative working skills and ability to communicate successfully with employees at all levels.

Must have excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently.

Must be a self-starter with strong initiative and the ability to work independently.

Must be patient, energetic, creative and flexible as work demands.

Must present a good professional image in dress, grooming and personal hygiene per the Cemetery’s dress code policy.

Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with co-workers, Trustees and others.

Familiarity with automated timekeeping systems such as ADP’s Workforce Now.

Valid driver’s license.


Must be able to operate standard office equipment such as computers and mouse, telephones, photocopiers, fax machines, scanners.  Must be able to access file cabinets and interior vaults.

Must be able to move within a normal office environment, accessing all records and equipment with ease.

Position requires prolonged periods seated and/or standing at a desk.

Must be able to move between desk, front counter, and all files.

Must be able to walk up and down stairs.

Must be able, using a stool as necessary, to reach high shelves containing files and supplies at any location within the office, including the vaults.

All employees of Mount Auburn Cemetery are “at will’ employees and must adhere to Mount Auburn’s “Business Ethics and Conduct.”

Mount Auburn Cemetery is an equal-opportunity employer.  It does not discriminate in employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, national origin, age, pregnancy, citizenship status, physical or mental ability, military status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume, as MS Word documents, by email to stating the job title in the subject line.  You can also mail a cover letter and resume to Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, Attention:  Human Resources.  No telephone calls please.

European Beech, Fagus sylvatica

July 1, 2020

I find joy in the cemetery trees.

Their roots are in our hearts.

In their leaves the soul

Of another century is in ascension.

-Rodney James

Of all our cemetery trees, there are few that are more majestic, and beautiful, than our European Beech, Fagus sylvatica. This beech has aptly been termed the Adonis, and Hercules of European forests. Native to Central Europe, southern Norway to Greece, France to the Caucasus Mountains, this is a tree reaching 50 to 70 feet in height, with an equal or even broader spread in width. Michael Dirr, noted contemporary plantsman, and author of the indispensible tree reference, Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, therein says it all, “There is no finer specimen tree; so beautiful that it overwhelms one at first glance…”  Dirr continues, while describing its highly recognizable bark, “Smooth, gray… developing an elephant hide appearance on old trunks; a beauty unmatched by the bark of other trees.”