Easter & Passover Weekend Hours
Saturday, March 31 & Sunday, April 1
The Cemetery is open 8 AM – 7 PM
Floral tributes will be available for purchase at the Greenhouse 8 AM – 2 PM.
If you need to the find the location of a grave you can:
*Look it up before your visit on our website http://www.mountauburn.org/map/
*Go to the Visitors Center to have a volunteer help you. Open Saturday & Sunday, 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Easter tributes will be removed starting Monday, April 23.
their hoofprints in the deep
needles and knew
they ended the long night
under the pines…
Within Mount Auburn there are approximately 450 pine trees, representing two-dozen distinct species, out of the 125 Pinus species extant worldwide. Herein we look at the Jeffrey pine, Pinus jeffreyi, native to southwestern Oregon, California and into some mountains of northern Baja California. Most often growing at elevations between 5000 and 9500-feet, in the northern coast ranges it also occurs almost at sea level.
Its common and Latin names commemorate the man who introduced it, John Jeffrey (1826-1854?), Scottish plant collector/explorer, sent to the Pacific Northwest and California in 1850, by British gentlemen subscribers interested in new plants. Initially signed to a three-year contract, representing the Oregon Association of Edinburgh, four of his eventual ten shipments of boxes of specimens and seeds never arrived back to Edinburgh. Nonetheless 119 species of seeds (including P. jeffreyi) and over 400 plant specimens of new and unusual flora were his documented success. After early 1854 he mysteriously disappeared, never to be heard from again. Author Frank A. Long states, “John Jeffrey was like a shooting star, a quick twinkle soon extinguished.” (more…)
Please be advised that all winter tributes and decorations will be removed from the Cemetery grounds starting Tuesday, February 20th depending on the condition of the grounds and staffing availability.
As part of its Strategic Plan, Mount Auburn is currently revitalizing two of its most celebrated landmarks, Asa Gray Garden and Bigelow Chapel. Together these projects are part of a larger initiative to enhance the experience of arriving at and being within Mount Auburn, a place that has served to comfort the bereaved and inspire all who visit since its founding. Independently, each project presents an exciting new chapter in the Cemetery’s history.
Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Council of Visitors is comprised of Cemetery friends, leaders in horticulture, historic preservation, educational programming, landscape enhancement, and community leaders who support the Cemetery in accomplishing its mission and maintaining the highest standards of excellence. Learn more about the Council of Visitors.
Mount Auburn Cemetery Council of Visitors 2018
Caroline Mortimer, Co-Chair
Franklin A. Reece III, Co-Chair
John Airasian, Founding Member
Jane M. Carroll, Founding Member
Susan W. Paine, Founding Member
Peter W. Ambler
Elizabeth E. Barker
Virginia J. Brady
Joanna H. Breyer
Eliza E. Burden
W. Douglas Burden
Thomas N. Byrne
David B. Dearinger
Peter Del Tredici
Alan J. Dworsky
Suzanne R. Dworsky
Suzanne W. Dworsky
Liz Goodfellow Zagoroff
Patricia N. Grandieri
Lt. Col. David Hencke
Richard M. Hunt
Ann Holton Jenne
Clare Walker Leslie
Caleb Loring III
Julie Moir Messervy
Jeffrey H. Munger
H. Betsy Munzer
Mark Kimball Nichols
Harold I. Pratt
E. Denise Simmons
Deborah L. Smith
Sherley G. Smith
Fall is one of the most glorious times to experience Mount Auburn Cemetery. From the changing leaves that create a canopy of vibrant foliage on our many trees to the sight of majestic hawks swooping through the crisp air, the uplifting and healing powers of our beautiful landscape are at their finest, and we hope you have time to witness them for yourself. It is easy to forget, however, that an incredible amount of work goes into keeping Mount Auburn this beautiful and serene. From our horticulture and landscaping teams maintaining all 175 acres, to our preservation staff conserving and repairing irreplaceable historic monuments, to our Visitor Services staff offering varied educational programs to experience the landscape on a deeper level, we are always working busily behind the scenes to make this an inspiring place for everyone.
Although Mount Auburn Cemetery has an endowment that provides operating funds for general maintenance of its grounds, certain individual lots, and buildings, this restricted endowment support does not cover the significant additional costs needed to sustain all of the vast details that go into making the landscape such a special place. This is where supporters like you are so essential! Please join us in keeping Mount Auburn beautiful by making a gift to our Annual Fund today. You can donate via our website at mountauburn.org/give, or by calling our offices at 617-607-1946. Thank you for your generosity!
As a member of the Security staff, the Security Guard/Visitor Services Representative reports directly to the Security Supervisor for weekly scheduling and daily assignment of tasks, but also works closely with the Visitor Services staff to provide visitor services in a professional and courteous manner. Primary responsibilities include Entrance Gate duty, serving as first contact for visitors to welcome them, answer questions and direct them to their desired destinations. Uses computer to locate specific grave locations for visitors as requested. Provides security functions at the Entrance Gate area, including the handling of visitors arriving on bicycles, motorcycles, with dogs, etc. Assists with the management of funeral processions and memorial services, directing traffic flow and parking as appropriate.
Maintains a clean and professional appearance of Entrance Gate area by picking up trash, watering the plants, and removing snow and ice as needed. Sells and rents interpretive materials in a responsible manner, including credit cards transactions and cash management. Hours: Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Monday 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Start and end times may vary during different seasons of the year to correspond to the opening time of the Cemetery, and overtime hours may be required for special events and extra coverage during the busiest periods. (more…)
According to Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Glossary of Terms prepared by the Curator of Historical Collections, Meg L. Winslow, a Columbarium is “a structure, room or space in a mausoleum or other building designed to hold multiple cremated remains in niches.” At Mount Auburn we have two public Columbaria, one in each Chapel, as well as private family Columbaria. (more…)
The mission of the Citizen Science Naturalist program is to establish a team of well-trained volunteers to support biodiversity research at Mount Auburn, as well as in the community. The volunteers will receive training from a diverse group of local experts that will enable each volunteer to become a dependable research assistant and informal educator to the public.
The Naturalist training program will include seven sessions covering flora and fauna, as well as field note taking, nature photography, and nature drawing. These sessions will establish a foundation on which biodiversity study can be built. Additional learning opportunities will be provided throughout the year, including biodiversity walks and field experiments. (more…)