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Friends of Mount Auburn

September 2020

CANCELED: Art, Acquisition, & Ambition

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

The great art collections of Boston—the Boston Athenaeum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Harvard Art Museums, among others—were created by vivid personalities, often in head-to-head competition with one another. Meet the friends who were also rivals in the accumulation of artistic treasures that enrich our lives today on this walking tour with Volunteer Docent Robin Hazard Ray. Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs…

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CANCELED: Bigelow Chapel Open House

September 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bigelow Chapel, Chapel Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

Originally built in the 1840s, Bigelow Chapel has been revitalized to meet the changing needs of families and the visiting public. A new entrance providing universal access graciously welcomes everyone arriving to attend a private family service or a public event. New multi-use gathering spaces provide numerous options for intimate memorial services in a non-denomination setting, informal receptions following services or burials, and a host of public events. A new state-of-the-art Crematory, replacing its previous facility, has prepared Mount Auburn to…

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Virtual Book Launch with Playwright Patrick Gabridge

September 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Free

Did you love his series of Mount Auburn plays? Buy the new book! During his 2018 – 2019 artist residency at Mount Auburn playwright Patrick Gabridge wrote eleven plays to be staged on the grounds of the Cemetery. The Nature Plays & The America Plays were performed to rapt audiences in the spring and fall of 2019. Now, the play scripts are available for the first time in a beautiful full-color book with photos from the performances. In this virtual…

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October 2020

Climate Speaker Series: Climate Change & Henry Thoreau with Richard Primack

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Henry David Thoreau was a climate change scientist! The dangers brought on, at least in part, by our warming climate are too numerous to ignore. Mount Auburn has created a forum for presentations and engagement with local scientists, researchers and community organizations, as well as government, business and non-profit leaders, to meet these dangers head on and promote mitigation, adaptation and resiliency in our communities. Join us on Tuesday October 6, 2020 at 7:00pm. Richard Primack will take us on…

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Virtual Author Talk: “Dark Archives” By Megan Rosenbloom

October 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Join us for a virtual author talk on "Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation Into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin” In Dark Archives, Megan Rosenbloom, a medical librarian and a cofounder of the Death Salon, seeks out the historic and scientific truths behind anthropodermic bibliopegy. Dozens of these books still sit on the shelves of the world’s most famous libraries and museums. What are their stories? Dark Archives exhumes their origins and brings to life the…

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December 2020

Virtual Event: Baltimore’s Mount Auburn Cemetery with Dr. Kami Fletcher

December 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free

Join us on Zoom where Dr. Kami Fletcher will explore Baltimore, Maryland's Mount Auburn Cemetery - a historic African-American cemetery. Nineteenth century Black folks fought for burial rights, which was all about these women and men wanting protected, autonomous space to memorialize their dead. Autonomous black burial grounds led to individual black persons owning land and developing savvy business ventures. In Baltimore this led to the African Burying Ground, the first phase of Mount Auburn Cemetery. Pouring over 3, 170…

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