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Researchers at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Cambridge Digitization Day
Friday October 20
11 AM – 4 PM
Community Room

Join us for a Digitization Day and help preserve Cambridge history. Bring in your paper-based historical material, such as photographs and letters, that tell the story of our city and your community.  We are also interested in digitizing the personal histories of those buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery.  Your material will be scanned and rehoused in archival enclosures, and you will leave with digital copies on a flash drive.  Throughout the day, we will hold a series of informational sessions about preserving and digitizing family collections.  All free of charge!  This program is cosponsored by the Mount Auburn Cemetery and the Northeast Document Conservation Center with funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Info-Session Schedule

  • 11:30- Preserving Family Collections
  • 12:15- Digitizing Family Collections
  • 1:00-Caring for Personal Digital Collections
  • 1:30-Preserving Family Collections
  • 2:15-Digitizing Family Collections
  • 3:00-Caring for Personal Digital Collections
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Join us for the 9th Annual Cambridge Open Archives, June 19-22, 2017! 

This event is FREE but registration is required. Sign up here.

What is Open Archives? For four days, seven Cambridge repositories and special collections will open their doors to the public to showcase some of their most interesting materials — and the tales that go along with them. This year, our participants will present collections materials that fit with the theme of “living and dying in Cambridge.”

Our participants this year: Mount Auburn Cemetery, The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University, the Harvard Semitic Museum, Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters, The Cambridge Historical Society, The Cambridge Room (Cambridge Public Library), and the Harvard Art Museums Archives.

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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.

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Lunch-time Talk: Documenting the Garden of Graves

Who: Meg Winslow, Curator of Historical Collections, Mount Auburn Cemetery
What: Learn about the Cemetery’s archival collections of horticultural records including planting plans, historic photographs, and other records that document the Cemetery’s changing landscape and horticultural diversity.
When:
Thursday, December 15, 2011 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Mount Auburn Cemetery, Story Chapel, 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge.
Cost: Free and open to the public.

Bring your lunch!  For more information, click here.

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Historic etching of Mount Auburn Cemetery

Brought to you by the Boston Globe and the Mount Auburn Cemetery is a five part, timed quiz on the history of the Mount Auburn Cemetery.  See if you can beat the high score.

The Cambridge Public Library has several books on the cemetery, including Blanche Linden’s Silent City on a Hill.

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“3,000 Reward!  Dr. George Parkman…”, Broadside, 26 November 1849, from the Massachusetts Historical Society.

What: Screening of Murder at Harvard, a PBS American Experience documentary.
When: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
Where:
Story Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetery
Cost:
$5 Mount Auburn Cemetery members, $10 non-members.

In the fall of 1849 the body of Dr. George Parkman, one of Boston’s richest citizens, was discovered at the Harvard Medical School. Parkman’s remains were laid to rest at Mount Auburn. The following March, Harvard chemistry professor John Webster was put on trial for Parkman’s murder in what would become one of the country’s most notorious trials. The documentary follows noted historian Simon Schama as he tries to uncover the “truth” behind the case. Melissa Banta and Eric Stange, co-writers and co-producers of “Murder at Harvard,” will be available for questions and answers following a screening of the documentary. A reception will immediately follow the program.

Read more about the film, here.

Read more about the Parkman murder at the Massachusetts Historical Society, here.

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