Welcome Eleanor Gould!

September 30, 2019

Eleanor Gould has joined Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Executive Leadership Team as Vice President of Horticulture & Landscape, reporting directly to President & CEO Dave Barnett. In addition to being responsible for leadership and effective management of the Horticulture Department, comprising 17 full-time and 34 seasonal staff, Eleanor will be responsible for design and implementation of landscape improvements that achieve longterm strategic objectives such as increasing plant diversity,enhancing the sustainability and wildlife habitat value of the landscape, and preserving the historic character of this National Historic Landmark.

Eleanor recently completed the prestigious Longwood Fellowship program at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. This 14-month-long program is designed to develop proven leaders as the next generation of executive leadership in public horticulture. Prior to that, Eleanor spent eight yearsat Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Virginia. She started as a Seasonal Gardener, maintaining the historic flower and vegetable gardens and leading interpretive garden tours, eventually becoming the Curator of Gardens from 2014 to 2018. Eleanor has a Master of Landscape Architecturedegree from the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

In his announcement of Eleanor’s hiring to the staff, Dave Barnett said: “I look forward to working with Eleanor and am certain that she will bring strong leadership to an already phenomenal Horticulture staff. We are indeed fortunate to have Eleanor join our team!”

Visitor Focus Group

September 30, 2019

Mount Auburn is free and open to the public 365 days and welcomes over 200,000 visitors each year. We are interested in hearing about your visit, why you came, what was memorable to you, and what we can do better to meet your needs in the future.

Join us on Saturday, October 26th at 9 AM in Story Chapel to share your experience at the Cemetery. Seasonal refreshments will be served, and participants will receive a thank you gift.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the form below. A member of our staff will confirm your attendance via email. We look forward to hearing about your experience at Mount Auburn.

Create your own user feedback survey

The Magic Hour at Washington Tower

September 29, 2019

Join us for a mostly silent sunset meditation at the Tower.  The magic hour is that dazzling collection of moments when the sun is near the horizon just before and after sunset. The moments of The Magic Hour at Washington Tower will be spent mostly in silence (or in hushed tones with friends) as we contemplate the light and cultivate a state of equanimity.

WED, OCTOBER 2nd 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

WED, OCTOBER 9th 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM

Space is limited.  Pre-registration recommended.  Free.

Historical Collections Announces New On-Line Resource

September 26, 2019

Announcing the launch of a new on-line collections database that will give unprecedented access to many of the catalogued records that comprise the Cemetery’s Historical Collections & Archives. “People often have no idea what a cemetery would collect and preserve,” says Curator Meg L. Winslow. “The public will now be able to access a wide range of historic images to learn more about the history of Mount Auburn and the dramatic changes through time of our extraordinary landscape.”

While the on-line database includes more than 2,000 records to date, it represents less than 5 percent of our catalogued collections. A great way to get started is by selecting the “Random Images” tab, which pulls up a selection of catalog images from the Photographs, Objects, Archives, and Libraries collections. Users of the easy-to-navigate site can also make specific searches for the Entrance Gateway, Asa Gray Garden, Bigelow Chapel, and Washington Tower, among others. In addition, there are searches for keywords such as monument, horticulture, and tree; as well as for people by name.

Historical Collections staff have played essential roles in producing the site with Winslow. Elizabeth Casner recommends one of her favorite searches: “visitor,” which retrieves the variety of images illustrating the many visitors to the Cemetery from early days to the present. “Having the collections accessible online,” Thom Burns notes, “will allow people around the world to engage with our history and the many stories of our residents.”  

Visitors are encouraged to explore the site and to return often as new records continue to be published.

To visit: mountauburn.pastperfectonline.com.