Mount Auburn Cemetery, W.H. Bartlett Engraving, courtesy of the Aaron Sachs via the Boston Globe.
In Sunday’s Ideas section of the Boston Globe (13 January 2013), Mount Auburn Cemetery received a very nice write-up, titled Mt. Auburn’s Farsighted Message: the Subtle Environmental Lessons of a Cambridge Garden Cemetery. The article was written by Aaron Sachs, a history professor at Cornell University, about his recently published book Arcadian America: The Death and Life of an Environmental Tradition. Sachs argues that the creation of garden cemeteries during the 19th century has been America’s greatest environmental idea (not the public park system as many would argue). As the catalyst for the rural and garden cemetery movements, Mount Auburn plays a key role in the book. According to staff at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Sachs spent a great deal of time in their Historical Collections while conducting the research for this book.