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Mount Auburn Cemetery

580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States

May 2014

Memories of Mothers

May 11, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
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Join us for this Mother's Day stroll with Volunteer Docents Nancy Callan and Susan Zawalich to explore the symbols of motherhood found on monuments while visiting the graves of some notable mothers now buried here. We will include a visit to the grave of Julia Ward Howe, founder of Mother's Day for Peace. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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October 2014

Mount Auburn Book Club: The Nature of Sacrifice

October 9, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
Free

Charles Russell Lowell, Jr. (buried in his family lot on Fountain Avenue) was mortally wounded at the Battle of Cedar Creek on October 19. To honor the anniversary of his death and the end of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, we will read The Nature of Sacrifice: A Biography of Charles Russell Lowell, Jr. 1835 - 1864 by Carol Bundy (2005). Each month, the Mount Auburn Book Club meets to discuss a selected work related to one of Mount Auburn's many facets. Selections…

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Mount Auburn’s Notable Visitors

October 11, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
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Not all of Mount Auburn's "notables" are residents. King Edward VII of England, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, John Wilkes Booth, Herman Melville, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and John Denver all visited Mount Auburn as tourists, travelers, or mourners. Join Volunteer Docent Susan Zawalich on a walking tour to discuss some of these notable visits while enjoying one of our own.   Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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Fall Bulb Planting Event

October 15, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
Free

Get your hands in the soil alongside our gardening staff during our annual fall bulb planting. Bulbs planted in the Cemetery each fall add blooms to Mount Auburn's early spring season. Bring your work gloves and trowel along with lots of energy and enthusiasm. Dress for garden work.

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Proprietors & Members Meeting

October 29, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
Free

Join us in Bigelow Chapel for a presentation of the financial and operational highlights of the past fiscal year by Mount Auburn’s President Dave Barnett and Board Chair Tom Cooper. In addition to voting proprietors, members of the Friends of Mount Auburn and the general public are invited to attend. A reception will follow the business meeting.

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November 2014

Our Town

November 1, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
$20.00

"Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? -every, every minute?" Please join us for this unique staged reading of Thornton Wilder's classic portrayal of the cycle of life and death as directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, a collaboration with Underground Railway Theater, a company in-residence at Central Square Theater. Acts One and Two of Our Town will take place in Story Chapel; the final act will take place in the landscape. Experience the conversation between these two American…

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The Poet and the Blacksmith

November 6, 2014 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
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Literary historian Rob Velella talks about celebrated 19th century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and his famous poem "The Village Blacksmith." Come to Story Chapel to learn about the writing of the poem and the inspiration behind it, including real-life blacksmith Dexter Pratt, as well as the poem's curious 20th century afterlife. Both Longfellow and Pratt are interred at Mount Auburn Cemetery. The speaker has implied there may be dancing involved. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts…

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The Not so Rich and Famous

November 8, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
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Stories of the butchers, bakers, and the lesser known folks of Mount Auburn Just as the rich and famous were buried at Mount Auburn, so were painters, actresses, servants, sailors, midwives, blacksmiths, and a Harvard janitor! Join Carol Harper and Ginny Brady as we investigate the post-Industrial Revolution era by celebrating the lives and stories of the "regular" folks who worked tirelessly building the economies of Boston and Cambridge. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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Mount Auburn Book Club: Gideon’s Trumpet

November 13, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
Free

Mount Auburn resident Anthony Lewis first published his legal history Gideon's Trumpet 50 years ago (1964), chronicling the landmark case that produced the 6th Amendment, which guaranteed criminal defendants the right to counsel. 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…

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Let’s Go Nuts

November 23, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
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From the Mesolithic times to today, people have been collecting and eating nuts. Join Visitor Services Assistant Jim Gorman for a walking survey of Mount Auburn's true nuts. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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December 2014

Calling All Coneheads

December 7, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
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This walk is not about TV aliens, but rather a closer look at some of our impressive conifer collection. Learn which are the largest, smallest, prettiest, and oddest cones found throughout our landscape. Led by Visitor Services Associate Jim Gorman. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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Mount Auburn Book Club: Pollyanna Grows Up

December 11, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
Free

Pollyanna Grows Up by Eleanor Porter (1913) is the first Pollyanna sequel of many, but the only one written by Eleanor Porter. Join us for a lively discussion of this young reader's book by the bestselling author who is buried on Cuphea Path on Halcyon Lake. 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…

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The Food Network

December 13, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
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There are numerous food mavens buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery. On this walking tour with Volunteer Docents Marilee O'Brien and Steve Pinkerton, chefs Fanny Farmer, Joyce Chen, and Sarah Murray Jordan cook up Parker House rolls, Underwood deviled ham, and Porterhouse steaks with Boston Creme Pie, Baker's chocolate, and Squirrel Brand nuts for dessert, all served at Boston Market, Harvest Restaurant, and Cafe Pamplona. As Fanny Fern famously quipped: "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach."    Funding for programs…

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January 2015

Mount Auburn Book Club: The Great Wave

January 8, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
Free

The Great Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan by Christopher Benfey (2003) explores the cultural exchange between Japan and the United States in the period following the US Civil War. There are many intriguing connections to Boston's elite, including Mount Auburn resident William Sturgis Bigelow. 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,…

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February 2015

Mount Auburn Book Club: American Afterlife

February 12, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
Free

Roadside memorials, green burials, and the history of embalming are just some of the topics explored by Kate Sweeney, NPR producer and two time Associated Press award winner, in her book American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning (2014). 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…

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March 2015

Mount Auburn’s Innovators in the Advancement of Medicine in the 19th and 20th Centuries

March 28, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
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Mount Auburn cemetery is rich in the history of the advancement of medical care and education in the US. Join volunteer docents Nancy Callan and Ginny Brady to explore these advancements and learn about the physicians and nurses who made them possible.   Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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Symbols of Passage

March 29, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
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Gates, doors, curtains, and torches are among the symbols found on monuments that represent the passage between one realm and another, the end of one journey or the beginning of another - or both ideas simultaneously. Join docents Helen Abrams and Susan Zawalich on a walking tour in search of some powerful examples of these symbols of passage at Mount Auburn.   Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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July 2015

Mount Auburn’s Beautiful Public Lots

July 8, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
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Mount Auburn, since its beginnings in 1831, has set aside modest burial spaces suitable for single grave interments. The first such space was called St. James’ Lot and it is on Cypress Avenue (1831). This event led by Volunteer Docents Rosemarie Smurzynski and Bill McEvoy will begin in Story Chapel and then, continue with a walk on the grounds to St James’ and St. John’s public lots preserved as a country cemetery. Note: this program is two hours.   Funding…

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November 2015

Mount Auburn’s Innovators in the Advancement of Medicine

November 15, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
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Mount Auburn Cemetery is rich in the history of the advancement of medical care and education in the US. Join volunteer docents Nancy Callan and Ginny Brady to explore these advancements and learn about the physicians and nurses who made them possible.   Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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February 2016

Eyes on Owls – 3:30 PM

February 13, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
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Join us in Story Chapel for a special presentation by teacher naturalist Marcia Wilson and wildlife photographer Mark Wilson. Marcia and Mark will introduce visitors to the owls of New England and beyond. Learn the field marks, signs, and naturalist’s skills that you can use to find owls without disturbing them, then meet some live owls up close! Two sessions will be offered. Seating is limited. Preregistration is required. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural…

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March 2016

Mount Auburn Book Club: Gyn/ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism

March 10, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
Free

In Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism (1978) Mary Daly writes about the patriarchal practices that oppress women.  It is considered an important book on feminist theory, although not without its critics.  Daly is buried on Elm Avenue. 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…

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Art & Artists at Mount Auburn

March 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 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, musicians, 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 beautiful works of art at Mount Auburn and honor some of the artists who are interred here.   Funding for programs…

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Women’s History Walk: Honoring Women in Public Service in Government

March 26, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
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Mount Auburn Staff and Docents will share the stories of the women who they most admire on this walking tour celebrating Women’s History Month.  The theme this year is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.”  Women featured on the walk will be from the fields of non-profit or advocacy work, public health, legal work, elected officials, work in government agencies or military service.   Funding for programs has been provided in part…

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August 2016

In Search of Butterflies & Dragonflies

August 3, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
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Please join Jeremiah Trimble, Curatorial Associate, Ornithology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, for a leisurely walk around Mount Auburn exploring habitats from pond edges to wildflower patches, in search of the various types of butterflies, damselflies, and dragonflies. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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February 2017

Mount Auburn Book Club: The Good Death

February 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
Free

Following the death of her father, journalist and hospice volunteer Ann Neumann sets out to examine what it means to die well in the United States.  The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America by Ann Neumann will inform our conversation on Death and Dying. 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…

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March 2017

Mount Auburn Book Club: The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe

March 9, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
Free

The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe by Elaine Showalter is the first biography to reveal Julia Ward Howe—the author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic—as a feminist pioneer who fought her own battle for creative freedom and independence.  Howe is buried on Spruce Avenue. 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…

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Notable Women of Watertown

March 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
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Watertown, MA boasts some of the most remarkable women of the mid-19th to early 20th century.  They are painters, writers and sculptors: Maria White Lowell, Ellen Robbins, Harriet Hosmer, and Anne Whitney, all interred here at the cemetery.  Join volunteer docent Rosemarie Smurzynski to visit their graves and learn about their lives and works. Funding for programs has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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August 2017

An Introduction to Mindful Walking

August 6, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
Free

Walking meditation is one of the most accessible ways to start a Mindfulness practice, and the tranquility of Mount Auburn is an ideal location for seasonal contemplation. Please join us for a brief introduction to Mindfulness, followed by an opportunity to practice Mindful Walking with Alysia Linsenmayer (LICSW, RYT-300), a clinical social worker and yoga teacher. Join us for one or all of these mindful programs: July 16th and August 6th About the instructor Alysia Linsenmayer (LICSW, RYT-300) is a…

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September 2017

Introduction to Mindful Walking

September 3, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
Free

Walking meditation is one of the most accessible ways to start a Mindfulness practice, and the tranquility of Mount Auburn is an ideal location for seasonal contemplation. Please join us for a brief introduction to Mindfulness, followed by an opportunity to practice Mindful Walking with Alysia Linsenmayer (LICSW, RYT-300), a clinical social worker and yoga teacher. Join us for one or all of these mindful programs: July 16th and August 6th About the instructor Alysia Linsenmayer (LICSW, RYT-300) is a…

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October 2017

The 1915 Woman Suffrage Parade in Boston

October 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
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“On October 16, 1915 supporters of woman’s suffrage in Massachusetts held a rally in support of the ballot measure that would have amended the Massachusetts Constitution to grant women the right to vote in Massachusetts.”* This walk will tell the story of the rally through the voices of Massachusetts women who lived in these times and are buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery.  We will learn of the multi-decades effort leading up to the rally, including the founding of the Massachusetts…

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Satigatha Contemplative Music and Chanting

October 29, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
Free

Satigatha, “mindful song” or “chant,” is an exploration into opening the heart to transformation, devotion and the awakening of wisdom through Buddhist and yogic songs and chanting. Accompanied by guitar and drum, Satigatha is inspiring spiritual music with energy, tenderness and a progressive sound. Chris Berlin, Darren Becker, and Andrew Stauffer represent three generations of Master of Divinity graduates from Harvard Divinity School and are fully devoted to transmitting a contemplative spirit to others through their music. Meet in Story…

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December 2017

Satigatha Contemplative Music and Chanting

December 10, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street,
Cambridge, 02138 United States
Free

Satigatha, “mindful song” or “chant,” is an exploration into opening the heart to transformation, devotion and the awakening of wisdom through Buddhist and yogic songs and chanting. Accompanied by guitar and drum, Satigatha is inspiring spiritual music with energy, tenderness and a progressive sound. Chris Berlin, Darren Becker, and Andrew Stauffer represent three generations of Master of Divinity graduates from Harvard Divinity School and are fully devoted to transmitting a contemplative spirit to others through their music. Meet in Story…

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