Sweet Auburn, Summer 2014
Mount Auburn: Environmental Leader and Innovator
Landscape improvements in recent years have enhanced both historic character and wildlife habitat value at the Cemetery.
Inside this Issue…
Feature Article: Better Than Yosemite?
Graves in the Garden: Natural Burials at Mount Auburn
Wildlife Habitat Enhancements and the
Anthony J. & Mildred D. Ruggiero Memorial Trust
Photo Essay: Willow Pond Habitat Enhancements
Sustainable Landscape Management
People & Happenings
Remembering Caroline Loughlin
Did You Know?
The 1831 Society
Bonus online content
Auburn Lake was created in the 1850s by the deepening of an already existing low-lying “boggy meadow” area to enhance the Cemetery’s landscape. During dry summers in the 1990s much of the lake had been reduced to exposed mud flats. Concerned about aesthetics of the landscape as well as the ecological health of the lake, Mount Auburn Cemetery concentrated on dredging Auburn Lake.
The Wildflower Meadow at Washington Tower
The wildflower meadow installed around Washington Tower in 2007 replaced a mowed lawn and improved the habitat for many species of grassland birds, butterflies, insects, and small mammals, as well as strengthening the historic character of the landscape.
Restoration of woodlands around Consecration Dell utilized sustainable landscape practices to enhance the value of the Cemetery as wildlife habitat.
Sustainable Landscape Management at Mount Auburn Cemetery
The Cemetery’s use of environmentally sensitive landscape maintenance practices goes well beyond the ponds, meadows, and woodlands, our thorough recycling and re-use procedures have become a model for other organizations in the area and across the nation.
Remembering Caroline Loughlin
Caroline Keller Loughlin (1940 – 2013) was naturally drawn to Mount Auburn where she volunteered in the Historical Collections Department for 13 years. Much of her work entailed responding to genealogical research requests. She also indexed, and read, all the annual reports, trustee minutes, newsletters, and historic volumes of correspondence dating back to the Cemetery’s founding. In addition to numerous other projects, Caroline also cataloged the Cemetery’s amazing photograph collection.
Passionate about the preservation of the archival records that illuminate Mount Auburn’s history and landscape, she actively supported efforts to preserve and make Mount Auburn’s primary documents available to the staff and public in order to deepen our understanding of the historical meaning and context of the Cemetery. Over the years, Caroline made generous annual contributions that resulted in the renovation of two vaults for storage of historic records; the digital capture of 65 volumes of historic Cemetery correspondence and countless founding documents. Additionally, Caroline made capital gifts for the new greenhouse and the new entrance to Story Chapel. In addition to her work in the Historical Collections Department, Caroline was appointed trustee of the Friends of Mount Auburn in 2006 and trustee of Mount Auburn Cemetery in 2010.
Mikrokopter Flies over Sphinx
In October 2013, software developer Eben Gay flew the Mikrokopter Hexa-XL over Mount Auburn. The hexacopter, about 30-inches across with a Sony NEX-5R camera attached, was controlled by long-range radio and streamed video to special goggles. The project began, oddly enough, in the Sudan. Dr. Timothy Kendall, Co-Director of the Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project for Jebel Barkal, has been reconstructing stone archaeological remnants on the Jebel pinnacle (www.jebelbarkal.org) and experimenting with new equipment to gather data. Recent software innovations have made it possible to create 3D models from photographs. But where to test the drone before taking it all the way to Sudan? “We required a large object of material similar to the monuments at the Jebel—with space to fly,” says Kendall. “Mount Auburn Cemetery graciously allowed us to use the Sphinx.” Read more