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Founded in 1831, Mount Auburn Cemetery inspires all who visit, comforts the bereaved, and commemorates the dead in a landscape of exceptional beauty.  The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery was established in 1986 to assist in the conservation of the Cemetery’s natural beauty and to promote the appreciation of its cultural, historic and natural resources. 

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Mount Auburn Cemetery: Spring and Autumn Suites is an album of twelve original compositions composed by Mount Auburn Cemetery artist-in-residence Mary Bichner, an orchestral composer with the music “superpowers” of perfect pitch and synesthesia. In the first year of her residency, Mary composed twelve new works inspired by Mount Auburn Cemetery’s breathtaking landscape and landmarks, using her sound­-to­-color synesthesia to select the musical components that best “match” the natural color palette of each location at different times of year.

The Garden Club of America (GCA) announced recently that David P. Barnett, President & CEO of Mount Auburn Cemetery, is the 2016 recipient of its Distinguished Service Medal. Previous recipients of this significant award, which was first given in 1953, include Thalassa Crusso Hencken (1970) of the television series "Making Things Grow," Dr. J.C. Raulston (1993) director of the NCSU Arboretum, Marco Polo Stufano (1999) director of Wave Hill, and Florence Leanne Reed (2009), founder of Sustainable Harvest.

The Art of Commemoration and America’s First Rural Cemetery:
Mount Auburn’s Significant Monument Collection

Written by Melissa Banta with Meg L. Winslow
Introductory essay by David B. Dearinger
Foreward by Dave Barnett, President and CEO of Mount Auburn Cemetery

Thirty-five years ago, on August 5, 1980 half of Mount Auburn Cemetery's circa 1844 cast iron fence along Mount Auburn Street was removed.  A storm of protest followed.  Objections came immediately from the Cambridge Historical Commission, SPNEA (Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities), and Massachusetts Historical Commission.  There were floods of letters from neighbors and preservationists – both local and national; an editorial in the Boston Globe, and letters and stories in newspapers and on TV. 

"My Raison d'être" is the true story of two men who met, fell in love, survived a crisis, got married, and passed into the pages of history as one of the first legally married gay couples in Massachusetts. Cliff, who cared for his husband Gerald until Gerald passed away at age 49, shares memories and recollections of their relationship. This seven-minute piece is an excerpt from artist/filmmaker Roberto Mighty's multimedia exhibit, "earth.sky". The exhibit includes stories of eleven individuals interred at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

During the week of June 22, 2015?  Liriodendron tulipifera, Cornus kousa, Kalmia latifolia & Linden among other things!

 

Over the past two years, with the generous support of the Massachusetts Sesquicentennial Commission of the American Civil War as well as individual donors, Mount Auburn completed the conservation treatment of 17 of our most threatened and historically notable Civil War monuments.

19th-century marble memorial to Amos Binney

Over 70 people recently joined us at the Binney Lot on Heath Path to celebrate the conservation of the monument to Amos Binney. The conservation work preserved a national treasure whose meaning and symbolism, future generations to the Cemetery will now be able to appreciate. The 19th-century memorial, carved by Thomas Crawford in 1847, is designated an “American Treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the White House Millennium because of its historic and artistic importance. 

Photo by Roberto Mighty

On May 9th and 10th, as part of Cambridge Open Studios, Artist Roberto Mighty will present a weekend-long preview of earth.sky, a site-specific multimedia installation created for Mount Auburn’s Story Chapel.  All are welcome and admission is FREE.

Showtimes on the hour from 12PM-5PM. 

Watch a preview of earth.sky.

Tucked away in the southwest corner of Mount Auburn Cemetery, sits a small, fenced-in area that has been sparking the curiosity of many people since early fall of last year. This is the cemetery’s new apiary, which houses three beehives. These hives will be used to pollinate the thousands of trees, shrubs, and perennials that grace our grounds.