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580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

May 2020

Early Risers Horticulture Club

May 29 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Join our staff for any or all of these hour-long early morning excursions to discover what’s in bloom and any other items of horticultural interest. From early bulbs to magnificent flowering trees, we will try to catch them all. 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 your generous support.…

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CANCELED: Sentimental Symbolism of Mount Auburn

May 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

This event has been canceled due to COVID-19 Come explore the Victorian Era at Mount Auburn through its beautiful monuments, their symbolism and the story of those buried here.  Volunteer Docent Nancy Callan will lead a tour of some of the most significant monuments of the Cemetery. 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…

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June 2020

CANCELED: Early Risers Horticulture Club

June 12 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

Join our staff for any or all of these hour-long early morning excursions to discover what’s in bloom and any other items of horticultural interest. From early bulbs to magnificent flowering trees, we will try to catch them all. 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 your generous support.…

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A Pride Week Walk through Mount Auburn Cemetery

June 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

Celebrated, scandalous, and unknown: meet some of the fascinating figures of Boston’s LGBT past on a walk led by Volunteer Docent Robin Hazard Ray. We will visit the resting places of sculptor Harriet Hosmer, actress Charlotte Cushman, Byzantine scholar Thomas Whittemore, and Gloucester collector Henry Davis Sleeper, among others, in recognition of Boston Pride Week 2020. 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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Juneteenth

June 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

On June 19th, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, jubilant enslaved men and women rejoiced in the streets on hearing the official declaration of their emancipation, among the last to be freed in the reunited United States.  The following year, Galveston’s citizens of color organized the first of what has since become the annual celebration of “Juneteenth.”  Please join us for a 155th Juneteenth anniversary visit to the graves of members of Boston's African American community who celebrated the abolition of slavery in their own…

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Meet Your Native Bees: Introducing the Beauty of the Bees Living Around us

June 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

There's more to bees than honeybees! Our native bees in Massachusetts come in a variety of sizes and colors. In this talk, you'll learn what they look like, how they live, and what we can do to help them. Presented by Pam Phillips, head of Friends of Bees, a working group in Watertown Citizens For Peace, Justice, and the Environment.  Bigelow Chapel. Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free access to all our public programs and discounts…

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Seek Your Native Bees: Revealing the Beauty of the Bees and Pollinators Living Around us

June 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

There's more to bees than honeybees! Our native bees in Massachusetts come in a variety of sizes and colors. In this leisurely walk, we'll go on a Bee Safari. You'll see what they look like and where they live. You'll also see other pollinators and beneficial insects. Rain Date: June 26th, 4pm.  Meet in front of Story Chapel.  Presented by Pam Phillips, head of Friends of Bees, a working group in Watertown Citizens For Peace, Justice, and the Environment. Experience…

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CANCELED: Graveside Gossip

June 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

Salacious secrets, Victorian melodrama, baseless rumors? Join Events and Outreach Coordinator, Corinne Elicone on a walking tour that will explore the inner social circles of 19th century Boston, and all the juicy gossip that surrounded them. 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 your generous support.   Funding for programs…

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“Through the Eternal Gates”: Fanny Osgood and Fanny Fern

June 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

Join independent literary historian Rob Velella on this walking tour celebrating two of the most popular women writers of the 19th century: Fanny Osgood and Fanny Fern. One was a popular sentimental poet; the other was a groundbreaking writer of prose. Both incited scandal throughout their lives, and each used their writings to present a unique picture of 19th-century domesticity. Their lives, their associations, and their works will be highlighted. Experience a deeper connection to Mount Auburn Cemetery with free…

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July 2020

Symbols and Meanings of Victorian Funerary Art

July 23 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free - $12.00

Beginning 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 twilight walking tour 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 access to all our public programs and discounts on special events by joining the Friends…

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August 2020

Extending the Flowering Season

August 4 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
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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Twilight Wine Tasting

August 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
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 Mt Auburn St
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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Moonlight Abolitionists

August 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on September 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm

Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Enjoy a brand new site-specific play designed to be performed as a concert reading at the base of Washington Tower under the light of the full moon. Moonlight Abolitionists is a swirling conversation between six abolitionists buried at Mount Auburn: Samuel Gridley Howe, Harriet Jacobs, Joshua Bowen Smith, George and Mary Stearns, and Charles Turner Torrey. This fascinating mix of men and women, some well-known and others far less so, made enormous sacrifices for the cause of freedom. More information…

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Moonlight Abolitionists

August 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on August 31, 2020 at 8:00 pm

One event on September 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm

Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Enjoy a brand new site-specific play designed to be performed as a concert reading at the base of Washington Tower under the light of the full moon. Moonlight Abolitionists is a swirling conversation between six abolitionists buried at Mount Auburn: Samuel Gridley Howe, Harriet Jacobs, Joshua Bowen Smith, George and Mary Stearns, and Charles Turner Torrey. This fascinating mix of men and women, some well-known and others far less so, made enormous sacrifices for the cause of freedom. More information…

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September 2020

Moonlight Abolitionists

September 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on August 31, 2020 at 8:00 pm

One event on September 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm

Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Enjoy a brand new site-specific play designed to be performed as a concert reading at the base of Washington Tower under the light of the full moon. Moonlight Abolitionists is a swirling conversation between six abolitionists buried at Mount Auburn: Samuel Gridley Howe, Harriet Jacobs, Joshua Bowen Smith, George and Mary Stearns, and Charles Turner Torrey. This fascinating mix of men and women, some well-known and others far less so, made enormous sacrifices for the cause of freedom. More information…

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Members Week: Urban Beekeeping at Mount Auburn

September 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
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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Members Week: First Year Impressions with Eleanor Gould

September 10 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
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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Art & Artists in the 20th & 21st Centuries

September 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn St
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 Mt Auburn St
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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