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November 2019

Meditation & Movement for Loss

November 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:45 am
Bigelow Chapel, Chapel Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
$10.00 - $15.00

Loss and grief are natural components of our life on Earth. In this centering & calming workshop Nancy Webber will offer guided meditations and gentle movement to counteract the pain of loss. In our modern corporate world employees are typically given 72 hours to grieve. We need much more time to process loss. The societal pressures that urge us to move on quickly can back-fire resulting in sadness becoming lodged in our hearts and bodies.  Sometimes sadness cannot be expressed in words…

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December 2019

Satigata Interactive Music and Chanting

December 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

Satigata, or "progressing into mindfulness," is a musical exploration into opening the heart to transformation, devotion and  wisdom through Buddhist and yogic songs and chanting. With its roots in the Buddhist community at Harvard Divinity School, Satigata is a unique combination of modern folk-rock, hand drums, flute, Tibetan singing bowls and bells, and both traditional Buddhist mantra and original chanting compositions. Led by two Master of Divinity graduates in Buddhist ministry from Harvard Divinity School, Chris Berlin and Darren Becker, Satigata is inspiring spiritual music with energy, tenderness and a progressive sound. Meet in Story Chapel.…

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Holiday Wreath-Making Workshop

December 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery Greenhouse, 94 Grove Street
Watertown, MA 02472 United States
$40.00 - $60.00

As winter quietly settles in, come gather at our Greenhouse for this workshop. Maurene Simonelli will briefly demonstrate different techniques before everyone creates their own unique wreath design. Wreaths, ribbons, and a fi ne assortment of dried garden materials and ornaments will be available for all to share. Limited enrollment; preregistration is required. Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs and discounts on special events by joining the Friends of Mount Auburn.…

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First Fridays: Mount Auburn Digitization Days

December 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Story Chapel Visitor Center, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

Mount Auburn Cemetery is pleased to announce that we are starting a new program to help us tell the stories of the more than 100,000 remarkable individuals buried and commemorated at the Cemetery. These stories will be shared on our new online Memorial Pages http://mountauburn.org/onlinememorialpages/  In conjunction with the launch of our online Memorial Pages, we are pleased to offer an exciting new program to digitize memorabilia relating to individuals buried and commemorated at Mount Auburn. This free service will be…

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Discover Mount Auburn

December 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
580 Mt Auburn St, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $10.00

Mount Auburn, designated a National Historic Landmark, is one of the country’s most significant designed landscapes.  Here the arts of horticulture, architecture and sculpture combine with the beauty of nature to create a place of comfort and inspiration. This 1.5-mile walking tour will focus on stories of history, monuments, and the lives of those buried here.   Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs and discounts on special events by joining the Friends…

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Nature Sketching Workshops

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Story Chapel Visitor Center, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
$7.00 - $12.00

Want to learn some very basic ways for drawing the nature you know and love here in Mount Auburn?  Join illustrator Clare Walker Leslie in any or all of these 4 Sunday afternoon sessions.  Appropriate for ages 10 and up, teens and adults.  Bring your own paper, pencils and/or colored pencils.  Meet in Story Chapel. Nov 10 | Drawing Local Birds Dec 8 | Drawing Mount Auburn’s Mammals, Amphibians & More Feb 9 | Drawing Winter Trees Mar 8 |…

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Mount Auburn Book Club: “The Tenants” by Bernard Malamud

December 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

The Tenants by Bernard Malamud revolves around a rivalry between two writers—one of them Jewish and the other an African-American— who are the last two persons remaining in a soon to be condemned apartment building.  Malamud is buried on Azalea Path. 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…

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Candle Lighting Service

December 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Story Chapel Visitor Center, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

Our annual Candle Lighting Service, held each December, provides the opportunity to remember all of the loved ones no longer with us.  Join us in Story Chapel for this seasonal program of words and music.  During the service, you will have the opportunity to light a candle in honor of someone you wish to remember. Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs and discounts on special events by joining the Friends of…

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January 2020

First Fridays: Mount Auburn Digitization Days

January 3, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Story Chapel Visitor Center, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States

Mount Auburn Cemetery is pleased to announce that we are starting a new program to help us tell the stories of the more than 100,000 remarkable individuals buried and commemorated at the Cemetery. These stories will be shared on our new online Memorial Pages http://mountauburn.org/onlinememorialpages/  In conjunction with the launch of our online Memorial Pages, we are pleased to offer an exciting new program to digitize memorabilia relating to individuals buried and commemorated at Mount Auburn. This free service will be…

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Discover Mount Auburn

January 4, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
580 Mt Auburn St, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $10.00

Mount Auburn, designated a National Historic Landmark, is one of the country’s most significant designed landscapes.  Here the arts of horticulture, architecture and sculpture combine with the beauty of nature to create a place of comfort and inspiration. This 1.5-mile walking tour will focus on stories of history, monuments, and the lives of those buried here.   Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs and discounts on special events by joining the Friends…

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Angels We Have Heard on High

January 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

In this perennial tour in Mount Auburn’s January landscape we join docent, Rosemarie Smurzynski, spotting angels in the cemetery and exploring the meaning of angel art for monuments which was  especially treasured by the Victorians. Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs and discounts on special events by joining the Friends of Mount Auburn. Our robust roster of programs each year is made possible through your generous support. Funding for programs has been…

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Satigata Interactive Music and Chanting

January 5, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

Satigata, or "progressing into mindfulness," is a musical exploration into opening the heart to transformation, devotion and  wisdom through Buddhist and yogic songs and chanting. With its roots in the Buddhist community at Harvard Divinity School, Satigata is a unique combination of modern folk-rock, hand drums, flute, Tibetan singing bowls and bells, and both traditional Buddhist mantra and original chanting compositions. Led by two Master of Divinity graduates in Buddhist ministry from Harvard Divinity School, Chris Berlin and Darren Becker, Satigata is inspiring spiritual music with energy, tenderness and a progressive sound. Meet in Story Chapel.…

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Mount Auburn Book Club: “Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science” by Christoph Irmscher

January 9, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

In this biography, Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science by Christoph Irmscher, the controversial biologist and geologist’s legacy is explored.  Agassiz is buried on Bellwort Path. 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 the Front Office Conference…

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Winter Bird Walk

January 11, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

Winter is an ideal time to get familiar with the year-round resident birds of Mount Auburn. If you are a beginner birder this walk with Visitors Services Assistant & Security Guard Al Parker will help you to learn the common birds of this area without the distractions of the migrating birds or the foliage on the trees. Dress warmly and bring your binoculars. Pre-registration required. Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs and discounts…

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Introducing the Labyrinth: Then & Now

January 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Bigelow Chapel, Chapel Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

Chris Farrow-Noble will share the ancient design of the Labyrinth from its earliest Spanish and Greek examples and history to the current worldwide revival of interest and use as a walking meditation tool.  You’ll learn to draw one from the ‘seed pattern’ and walk a small temporary labyrinth in Bigelow Chapel.  Chris Farrow-Noble is the author of Walking a Labyrinth Daily, Exploring a Spiritual Practice. Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs…

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Understanding Cremation

January 16, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Bigelow Chapel, Chapel Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

Join us for an informative discussion about the cremation process. Joseph Bancewicz, Crematory Manager, and Steve Brown, Director of Cemetery Services, will answer all of your cremation-related questions: Can I witness the cremation? Is a casket required? Can anyone be cremated at Mount Auburn? What do I do with the cremated remains? Find out the answers to these and other commonly asked questions followed by a tour of our new, state-of-the-art crematory. Bring your lunch for this hour-long presentation in…

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Stories From The African-American Heritage Trail

January 19, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, Volunteer Docent Stephen Pinkerton will examine the lives and times of African-Americans buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery, who were born into slavery and fled to the North to forge new lives as free citizens. Notables include political/social activists Harriet, John and Louisa Jacobs; elder caregiver Mary Walker; and professional tailor Peter Byus.  Weather permitting, the presentation in Story Chapel will be followed by a short walking tour. Experience a deeper connection…

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February 2020

Discover Mount Auburn

February 1, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
580 Mt Auburn St, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $10.00

Mount Auburn, designated a National Historic Landmark, is one of the country’s most significant designed landscapes.  Here the arts of horticulture, architecture and sculpture combine with the beauty of nature to create a place of comfort and inspiration. This 1.5-mile walking tour will focus on stories of history, monuments, and the lives of those buried here.   Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs and discounts on special events by joining the Friends…

Find out more »

Satigata Interactive Music and Chanting

February 2, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

Satigata, or "progressing into mindfulness," is a musical exploration into opening the heart to transformation, devotion and  wisdom through Buddhist and yogic songs and chanting. With its roots in the Buddhist community at Harvard Divinity School, Satigata is a unique combination of modern folk-rock, hand drums, flute, Tibetan singing bowls and bells, and both traditional Buddhist mantra and original chanting compositions. Led by two Master of Divinity graduates in Buddhist ministry from Harvard Divinity School, Chris Berlin and Darren Becker, Satigata is inspiring spiritual music with energy, tenderness and a progressive sound. Meet in Story Chapel.…

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What Is A Natural Burial?

February 6, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Bigelow Chapel, Chapel Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

Natural or ‘green’ burial – which requires that everything going into the grave is biodegradable – has been officially offered at Mount Auburn Cemetery since 2014, but is really a return to older traditions.  Learn about Natural Burial locations and options at Mount Auburn with Regina Harrison, Executive Assistant & Sales Coordinator.  Find out more about shrouds and other biodegradable containers, types of memorialization allowed, working with or without a funeral director to plan a natural burial and what paperwork…

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First Fridays: Mount Auburn Digitization Days

February 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Story Chapel Visitor Center, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

Mount Auburn Cemetery is pleased to announce that we are starting a new program to help us tell the stories of the more than 100,000 remarkable individuals buried and commemorated at the Cemetery. These stories will be shared on our new online Memorial Pages http://mountauburn.org/onlinememorialpages/  In conjunction with the launch of our online Memorial Pages, we are pleased to offer an exciting new program to digitize memorabilia relating to individuals buried and commemorated at Mount Auburn. This free service will be…

Find out more »

Winter Bird Walk

February 8, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

Winter is an ideal time to get familiar with the year-round resident birds of Mount Auburn. If you are a beginner birder this walk with Visitors Services Assistant & Security Guard Al Parker will help you to learn the common birds of this area without the distractions of the migrating birds or the foliage on the trees. Dress warmly and bring your binoculars. Pre-registration required. Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs and discounts…

Find out more »

Nature Sketching Workshops

February 9, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Story Chapel Visitor Center, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
$7.00 - $12.00

Want to learn some very basic ways for drawing the nature you know and love here in Mount Auburn?  Join illustrator Clare Walker Leslie in any or all of these 4 Sunday afternoon sessions.  Appropriate for ages 10 and up, teens and adults.  Bring your own paper, pencils and/or colored pencils.  Meet in Story Chapel. Nov 10 | Drawing Local Birds Dec 8 | Drawing Mount Auburn’s Mammals, Amphibians & More Feb 9 | Drawing Winter Trees Mar 8 |…

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Mount Auburn Book Club: “American Canopy” by Eric Rutkow

February 13, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation by Eric Rutlow shares many captivating stories: the Liberty Trees, where colonists gathered to plot rebellion against the British; Henry David Thoreau’s famous retreat into the woods; the creation of New York City’s Central Park and the rural Cemetery movement. 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,…

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Longfellow Birthday Celebration

February 22, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

Join us for this annual program in Story Chapel, co-sponsored by the Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site. Following a talk about Longfellow’s lasting legacy, we’ll enjoy birthday cake and then walk to the Longfellow Lot on Indian Ridge Path for a wreath-laying ceremony. This year’s speaker will be announced as the event date nears. Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs and discounts on special events by joining the Friends…

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Choosing a Memorial

February 27, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Bigelow Chapel, Chapel Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

Please join Meg L. Winslow, Curator of Historical Collections, and Jim Holman, Director of Cemetery Development, for a special program on memorial design at Mount Auburn. This is an opportunity to see recent designs in slate, granite, and glass as well as learn about what is permitted, and how to work with an artist or carver to design your own memorial. Bring your lunch for this hour-long presentation in Bigelow Chapel, coffee and tea provided. Experience a deeper connection to…

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March 2020

Satigata Interactive Music and Chanting

March 1, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

Satigata, or "progressing into mindfulness," is a musical exploration into opening the heart to transformation, devotion and  wisdom through Buddhist and yogic songs and chanting. With its roots in the Buddhist community at Harvard Divinity School, Satigata is a unique combination of modern folk-rock, hand drums, flute, Tibetan singing bowls and bells, and both traditional Buddhist mantra and original chanting compositions. Led by two Master of Divinity graduates in Buddhist ministry from Harvard Divinity School, Chris Berlin and Darren Becker, Satigata is inspiring spiritual music with energy, tenderness and a progressive sound. Meet in Story Chapel.…

Find out more »

First Fridays: Mount Auburn Digitization Days

March 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Story Chapel Visitor Center, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

Mount Auburn Cemetery is pleased to announce that we are starting a new program to help us tell the stories of the more than 100,000 remarkable individuals buried and commemorated at the Cemetery. These stories will be shared on our new online Memorial Pages http://mountauburn.org/onlinememorialpages/  In conjunction with the launch of our online Memorial Pages, we are pleased to offer an exciting new program to digitize memorabilia relating to individuals buried and commemorated at Mount Auburn. This free service will be…

Find out more »

Discover Mount Auburn

March 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
580 Mt Auburn St, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $10.00

Mount Auburn, designated a National Historic Landmark, is one of the country’s most significant designed landscapes.  Here the arts of horticulture, architecture and sculpture combine with the beauty of nature to create a place of comfort and inspiration. This 1.5-mile walking tour will focus on stories of history, monuments, and the lives of those buried here.   Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs and discounts on special events by joining the Friends…

Find out more »

Nature Sketching Workshops

March 8, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Story Chapel Visitor Center, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
$7.00 - $12.00

Want to learn some very basic ways for drawing the nature you know and love here in Mount Auburn?  Join illustrator Clare Walker Leslie in any or all of these 4 Sunday afternoon sessions.  Appropriate for ages 10 and up, teens and adults.  Bring your own paper, pencils and/or colored pencils.  Meet in Story Chapel. Nov 10 | Drawing Local Birds Dec 8 | Drawing Mount Auburn’s Mammals, Amphibians & More Feb 9 | Drawing Winter Trees Mar 8 |…

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Mount Auburn Book Club: The Inferno by Dante Alighieri translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

March 12, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Front Office Conference Room, Central Ave
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

The Inferno is the first part of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.  Translated in 1867 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; the first U.S. translation raised American interest in the poem.  Longfellow is buried on Indian Ridge Path. 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.…

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Winter Bird Walk

March 14, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

Winter is an ideal time to get familiar with the year-round resident birds of Mount Auburn. If you are a beginner birder this walk with Visitors Services Assistant & Security Guard Al Parker will help you to learn the common birds of this area without the distractions of the migrating birds or the foliage on the trees. Dress warmly and bring your binoculars. Pre-registration required. Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs and discounts…

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Cause of Death: Murder

March 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

Mount Auburn is the permanent home of many poets, politicians, and philanthropists. But buried among them are also murder victims – and even a few murderers. Join Volunteer Docents Robin Hazard Ray and Stephen Pinkerton on a walk to meet the victims and perpetrators in our midst. Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs and discounts on special events by joining the Friends of Mount Auburn. Our robust roster of programs each…

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Planning A Memorial Service

March 19, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Bigelow Chapel, Chapel Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

Did you know that anyone can host a memorial service or reception at Mount Auburn Cemetery, even if the burial is at another cemetery? Join Bree Harvey, Vice President of Cemetery & Visitor Services, and Tom Johnson, Manager of Family Services to learn about how others have created meaningful events inside our historic chapels and outside on the beautiful Cemetery grounds. Learn how to effectively coordinate with family members and vendors to plan a beautiful, personal, and meaningful celebration.  Bring…

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Winter Tree & Shrub Identification and Signs of Spring

March 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
$7.00 - $12.00

Join Mount Auburn President Dave Barnett as the snow-covered ground gives way to the earliest spring flowers and buds.  We will observe the early signs of spring’s arrival and learn how to identify some of the most interesting trees and shrubs at Mount Auburn by their buds, twig, and bark characteristics.  Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs and discounts on special events by joining the Friends of Mount Auburn. Our robust roster of…

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Art & Artists of Mount Auburn Cemetery

March 21, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

Mount Auburn Cemetery itself is an internationally recognized model of landscape art in America. In addition, the Cemetery is the final resting place of many artists – painters, musicians, writers, actors, and sculptors -- who have enriched our culture and our nation with their contributions. Join Volunteer Docents Helen Abrams and Susan Zawalich on a walking tour where we will visit some of the beautiful works of art at Mount Auburn and honor some of the artists who are interred here. Experience a deeper…

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Women’s History Walk: “Valiant Women of the Vote”

March 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

Mount Auburn Staff and Docents will share the stories of the women who they most admire on this walking tour celebrating Women’s History Month.  The National Women’s History Alliance selects and publishes the yearly theme. The 2020 Women’s History Month theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote.”  The theme honors "the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others."  For more on Women’s History Month…

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