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Friends of Mount Auburn

July 2020

Virtual Tour: Symbols and Meanings of Victorian Funerary Art

July 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

Learn about Victorian Funerary Art! This tour has been changed to a virtual tour due to COVID-19Beginning in the mid-19th century, Victorian symbolism and ornamentation adorned many monuments at Mount Auburn. Rosebuds, lambs, grieving women, and angels were accompanied by sentimental inscriptions in marble. Join Meg L. Winslow, Curator of Historical Collections, for this special online event to learn about the symbols and hidden meanings of Mount Auburn’s Victorian Funerary Art.Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free…

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CANCELED: Bigelow Chapel Open House

July 26 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bigelow Chapel, Chapel Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

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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August 2020

CANCELED: Discover Mount Auburn

August 1 @ 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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Extending the Flowering Season

August 4 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

Adding new plants to the collections at Mount Auburn which flower in late spring or summer is not just about adding color to the landscape. This initiative is also a response to climate change and the general trend of plants flowering earlier and earlier each year. Join Dennis Collins, Horticultural Curator, on this walking tour to learn about this important horticultural initiative. Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs and discounts on…

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Mount Auburn Book Club: Beacon Street Mourning by Dianne Day

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

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 Room on the second Thursday of each month. Coffee and tea are provided. Free. Deadly crime turns to personal tragedy for the normally intrepid…

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Twilight Wine Tasting

August 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

Savor a hand-picked selection of wines provided by The Magnolia Wine Company of Watertown while enjoying the late-summer beauty of Mount Auburn in the early evening hours. The wine tasting will take place in the newly renovated, Asa Gray Garden. Pre-registration 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. Our robust roster of programs each year is made possible through…

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The Road to Suffrage: Dreams and Disappointments

August 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

The road to woman’s suffrage was long and complicated. It was influenced by race, class and gender.  Early voices like Judith Sargent Murray, wife of Rev. John Murray buried at Mount Auburn, inspired men and women to work for justice and equality.  Join Volunteer Docent Rosemarie Smurzynski, in an August walk to commemorate 100 years of woman’s suffrage and to hear stories of courage and commitment of those caught up in its narrative. Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with…

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In Harmony With Nature: Our Flower Gardens And Greenhouse

August 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery Greenhouse, 94 Grove Street
Watertown, MA 02472 United States
Free - $12.00

Join us at our Greenhouse to explore the greenhouses and surrounding gardens at peak bloom time. Kelley Sullivan, Mount Auburn’s Greenhouse Horticulturist & Plant Health Care Specialist, will guide you with tips and techniques. Peek into our greenhouses and see how our gardens interact with our greenhouse plantings. Observe how our beautiful and diverse cut-flower gardens enhance habitat, shelter, and alternative food sources for beneficial inhabitants. We’ll provide the lenses, you bring your senses. Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with…

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September 2020

CANCELED: First Fridays: Mount Auburn Digitization Days

September 4 @ 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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CANCELED: Discover Mount Auburn

September 5 @ 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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Members Week: Urban Beekeeping at Mount Auburn

September 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

Become a member of the Friends of Mount Auburn to get access to these and other special perks during Members Week 2020, September 6-12! Learn more at mountauburn.org/give/membership/ or call the membership office at 617-607-1982. Did you know that in addition to our acclaimed gardens and landscapes, Mount Auburn keeps active beehives? Join Jerry Mendenhall for a special behind-the-scenes look at one of Mount Auburn’s lesser-known but environmentally crucial activities. As we walk to the apiary, you’ll learn about Mount…

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Mount Auburn Book Club: The Lowells of Massachusetts by Nina Sankovitch

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

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 Room on the second Thursday of each month. Coffee and tea are provided. Free. The Lowells of Massachusetts were a remarkable family. They were…

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Members Week: First Year Impressions with Eleanor Gould

September 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

Become a member of the Friends of Mount Auburn to get access to these and other special perks during Members Week 2020, September 6-12! Learn more at mountauburn.org/give/membership/ or call the membership office at 617-607-1982. Mount Auburn’s Vice President of Horticulture & Landscape, Eleanor Gould, joined us in September 2019. Join her for a  walking tour of the Cemetery as she shares some of her impressions and surprising connections after her first year of leadership here, and get an inside look…

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Mary Bichner & Planetary Quartet Concert

September 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Bigelow Chapel, Chapel Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $15.00

Become a member of the Friends of Mount Auburn to get access to these and other special perks during Members Week 2020, September 6-12! Learn more at mountauburn.org/give/membership/ or call the membership office at 617-607-1982. Enjoy a special concert with Mount Auburn’s former Composer-in-Residence Mary Bichner.  Performing with Planetary Quartet, Bichner will share her composition inspired by Bigelow Chapel’s Great Rose window, as well as other selections from her Spring and Fall Suites inspired by the landscape of Mount Auburn…

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Art & Artists in the 20th & 21st Centuries

September 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

Mount Auburn 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 newest contemporary additions to this landscape and honor some of the modern artists who are interred here.…

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Art, Acquisition, & Ambition

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

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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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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