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Mount Auburn’s historical collections contain documents, maps, and photographs chronicling the Cemetery’s 180-year evolution. Help make our holdings more easily accessible by working alongside our curator to process archival materials. Read More
September 7, 2011
By Melissa Banta
The visual history of Mount Auburn has been captured in many forms including maps, plans, paintings, drawings, engravings, photographs, and even the quintessentially democratic art form: the postcard. The Cemetery’s Historical Collections Department houses a small, but intriguing collection of historic postcards documenting a variety of burial sites around Boston (from Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord to Copp’s Hill Burial Ground in the North End) as well as captivating views of Mount Auburn, which date from the 19th-century to the present day. Mount Auburn’s postcards come from a variety of sources including donations and acquisitions, and the Cemetery also continues to issue contemporary cards for sale. Read More
May 16, 2012
Tagged: History  Uncategorized  Historical Collections 
By Melissa Banta
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March 27, 2012
Tagged: Art  Uncategorized  Historical Collections  preservation 
By Historical Collections
by Meg L. Winslow and Melissa Banta In 2013, Mount Auburn was honored to be the first cemetery ever awarded a Museums for America collections stewardship grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant provided conservation treatment proposals for thirty of the Cemetery’s most significant monuments, and since that time, the Friends of Mount Auburn has been working hard to raise funds to preserve those monuments most urgently in need of treatment. To date, an impressive list of projects has been completed by Daedalus Art Conservators of Watertown working with Mount Auburn’s preservation and curatorial staff: Conservation of the Binney Monument was completed in 2014, the Magoun Monument in 2015, and the Channing Monument in 2017. Read More
October 3, 2017
Tagged: History 

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