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Mount Auburn Cemetery

580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States

August 2012

In Search of Butterflies and Dragonflies

August 29, 2012 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
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Please join Jeremiah Trimble for a leisurely walk around Mount Auburn exploring habitats from pond edges to wildflower patches, in search of the various types of butterflies and dragonflies that can be found at the Cemetery.   Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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September 2012

Language of Place

September 5, 2012 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
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On this summer evening stroll with Rosemarie Smurzynski, we will experience Mount Auburn Cemetery through our senses and spirits, and see how it was shaped by artists, writers, planners, and workers. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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October 2012

Art & Artists at Mount Auburn

October 13, 2012 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
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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, writers, musicians, sculptors - who have enriched our culture and our nation with their contributions. Join 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 remain with us in our…

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Awash in Color

October 21, 2012 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
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Come experience the beauty of autumn and Mount Auburn during these fall walking tours led by Jim Gorman. We will visit some of the more colorful trees in our landscape in addition to looking for plants and shrubs putting out their fall fruits and nuts. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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A Visit with Edgar Allan Poe

October 27, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
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Edgar Allan Poe rises for this special appearance at Bigelow Chapel! Poe (portrayed by local literary historian Rob Velella) will be visiting four cemeteries in three states this fall. In this appearance, he will discuss his connections to various literary figures interred at Mount Auburn, as well as his own contentious relationship with Boston, the city of his birth. He will, of course, read several of his works as well.  Mary Bichner will perform her aria setting of Poe’s “To Helen”,…

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November 2012

Members Only: Evening Owl Walk

November 1, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

This time of year is best to search for migrating Northern Saw-whet Owls. Though hard to find during this time of the day, bird-banders have trapped and tagged hundreds nearby in Northbridge, Lincoln, Marshfield, and the Blue Hills using recordings at night to lure them into nets. Seeing one will be iffy, though we have a good chance of seeing or at least hearing a Great Horned or a Screech Owl. Join Bob Stymeist for this exciting walking tour. Dress…

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The “Not So Rich and Famous”

November 10, 2012 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
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"Stories of the Working Class who Built our City" Just as the rich and famous were buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery, so were the "not so rich and famous" - the butchers, bakers, candlestick makers - or, in our case, the cigar makers, furriers, midwives, miners, fishermen, clothiers, hatters, and horse carriage conductors. Join docents Carol Harper and Helen Abrams as we investigate the post-Industrial Revolution era and celebrate the lives of the immigrants and others who worked and raised…

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Discover Mount Auburn: The Civil War

November 17, 2012 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
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Join us for these special "Discover Mount Auburn" tours to explore the Cemetery through the lens of the Civil War. We will share the stories of those buried here with connections to the war, visit the haunting monuments of those who sacrificed their lives on the front lines, and learn about how the war even shaped the history of Mount Auburn. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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December 2012

Historic Oaks

December 16, 2012 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
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And thou, majestic oak, from yon high place/Guard'st thou earth, asleep in night's embrace... -Mary Baker Eddy Our collection of oak trees is nationally recognized. Join Jim Gorman for this walk that will visit a selection of oaks that pre-date the Cemetery's founding in 1831. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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January 2013

Discover Mount Auburn: A Walking Tour

January 5, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
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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. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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Cherubs & Angels of Mount Auburn

January 6, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
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Images of celestial beings are found throughout the Cemetery, proudly posing on pedestals or tucked into the decorations of many monuments. Can you find them? Join Rosemarie Smurzynski for an exploration of the grounds, seeking examples of these winged beings in marble and granite. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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Discover Mount Auburn: The Civil War

January 19, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Varies

Join us for these special "Discover Mount Auburn" tours to explore the Cemetery through the lens of the Civil War. We will share the stories of those buried here with connections to the war, visit the haunting monuments of those who sacrificed their lives on the front lines, and learn about how the war even shaped the history of Mount Auburn. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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February 2013

Discover Mount Auburn: A Walking Tour

February 2, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
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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. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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Conifers: Surviving Winter with Grace

February 6, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
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The "flowering plants" that get all our attention during the growing season have finally cleared the stage. It's now time to see another group of plants shine. Mount Auburn's conifer collection is notable for its diversity (nearly 80 different types) and depth (more than 1,500 plants). Some of our specimens are truly unique for their great age, impressive size, or rarity. Join Dennis Collins for a walk to see and learn about some of the many conifers that make up…

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March 2013

Discover Mount Auburn: A Walking Tour

March 2, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Varies

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. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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Let Us Go Down to the Sea in Ships

March 3, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
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Boston has a rich history of designing, building, and navigating fast sailing ships, from the sleek clippers that sailed round the Horn to early America's Cup champions. Join Steve Pinkerton and Katherine Robinson in Story Chapel for a review of the history of clipper ship and yacht building in the Boston area and a visit to the graves of some of America's 19th century sailing legends. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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April 2013

Mount Auburn Book Club: Martyrs’ Day

April 11, 2013 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

This month marks the 10th anniversary of journalist Michael Kelly’s death while covering the Iraq War.  In remembrance we will read his highly praised book on another war he was embedded in, the Gulf War; Martyrs' Day: Chronicle of a Small War (1993). For more information on this book, as well as past and future books of the Mount Auburn Book Club, visit us on GoodReads. Each month, the Mount Auburn Book Club meets to discuss a selected work related to…

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Land of the Giants

April 19, 2013 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St,
Watertown, MA 02138 United States
Free

Find some of the biggest trees at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Help measure, and compare the sizes, of truly tree-mendous, 200-year-old oaks. Led by Visitor Services Assistant, Jim Gorman. Suitable for ages 6 & up. This program is part of the Cambridge Science Festival. 

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