Category: Events

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May 19, 2023

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Upcoming Spring Events

First Saturday of Every Month, 1 PM
Discover Mount Auburn Introductory Walking Tour

Third Saturdays, May – September, 10 AM
Morning Writes at Mount Auburn

Third Saturdays, May – August, 2 PM
Forest Bathing: A Mindful Nature Experience

Saturday, June 3, 11 AM
Sunday, June 4, 2 PM – CANCELED due to weather
Make Your Own Seasonal Nature Journal

Tuesday, June 6, 1 PM & Saturday, June 24, 1 PM
Pride Walk

June 7, 4 – 7 PM
4 PM: Cambridge Open Archives SOLD OUT
5 PM: Cambridge Open Archives
6 PM: Cambridge Open Archives

Saturday, June 10, 8 PM: Ben Wasserman: Live After Death
Sunday, June 11, 7 PM: Ben Wasserman: Live After Death

Friends of Mount Auburn members can use the code “MACPAL” for $5 off tickets to the Ben Wasserman: Live After Death event

Wednesday, June 21, 10 – 7 PM
Replenish your mind, body, and soul at Summer SOLSTICE. With a mix of free and paid activities including sound meditation, yoga, forest bathing, a medicinal landscape tour, a cyanotype workshop, and music in found spaces throughout the cemetery, Summer SOLSTICE will be a restorative and healing experience for people of all ages.  Registration required.

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Anthony Amore: Stealing Rembrandts: Reception and Lecture

Thursday, June 15, 2023
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Bigelow Chapel
Registration fee: $50
Free for 1831 Society Members

Join us for a reception and talk with Anthony Amore, Security Director at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, author, and art theft expert. Registration includes a copy of Mr. Amore’s book, Stealing Rembrandts. Free event for 1831 Society members.

Join us for a reception and talk with Anthony Amore, Security Director at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, author, and art theft expert. Registration includes a copy of Mr. Amore’s book, Stealing Rembrandts. Free event for 1831 Society members.

To register, please contact Matthew Tufts at Space is limited!

Botanic Tours of Berkshire Botanical Garden and Naumkeag

Thursday, June 29, 2023
8:00 a.m. departure from Mount Auburn
Registration Fee: $1,000

Join us for the first in a series of exclusive Botanic Tours, presented by Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery, to Berkshire Botanical Garden and Naumkeag Reservation in Stockbridge, MA. This day-long excursion will include private, behind-the-scenes tours of both locations and lunch at Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Center House. Registration fee includes charter bus transportation to and from Stockbridge.

Space is limited. To sign up, please call Matthew Tufts at 617-540-0076 and provide your credit card information for the registration fee. Please indicate accessibility requests or dietary restrictions when you reply.

SOLSTICE: Reflections on Winter Light

October 7, 2022

Join us this December for

SOLSTICE: Reflections on Winter Light

Created by MASARY Studios
Commissioned by Mount Auburn Cemetery

SOLSTICE: Reflections on Winter Light is an annual event at Mount Auburn Cemetery that includes an outdoor journey through large-scale light and sound artworks, and an indoor experience with live music and candle lighting. Guests are invited to walk through the light-filled landscape and explore the Winter Solstice atmosphere, and to reflect on moments of change as the year ends and a new cycle begins. Connect to a landscape of exceptional beauty, consider an intention for the new year, or commemorate the memory of a loved one. Let the Solstice light your way as you encounter the unique spirit of Mount Auburn. 

This year’s event takes place December 10 – 21 and tickets will go on sale for the general public on November 2nd.

Join or renew your membership today!  Members will get advanced access to ticketing and receive a 50% discount on all Adult General Admission tickets. 

Event Dates & Times:

Dec 10-11; Dec 13-18; Dec 20-21

Timed entries begin at 5:00 PM and continue every half-hour. The final nightly entry time is 8:30pm.

Ticket information:

Adult, FOMAC Members: $15
Adult: $30
Youth(ages 6-16): $5
Child (5 and under): Free

Member Ticketing pre-sale begins Oct 26, 2022; Public Ticketing starts November 2nd.

Images and video by Aram Boghosian.

Moonlight Abolitionists – A Play for the Full Moon

Moonlight Abolitionists – A Play for the Full Moon
September 8, 2022

Moonlight Abolitionists

Written by Patrick Gabridge
A Concert Reading Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
Produced in partnership with Plays in Place, LLC

Join us for a site-specific outdoor concert reading of a one-act play by playwright Patrick Gabridge designed to be performed at the Cemetery 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.


Approximate run time: 45 minutes

Tickets are $28 per person ($25 for members). Advance registration required.

Location: Bigelow Chapel Lawn
Rain Location: Bigelow Chapel


Thursday, October 6, 6:30 & 8:30 pm

Friday, October 7, 6:30 & 8:30 pm

Saturday, October 8, 6:30 & 8:30 pm

Sunday, October 9, 6:30 & 8:30 pm


Electronics Recycling 2020

Electronics Recycling 2020
February 1, 2020

January 22 – 25th was the third year of our three-day effort titled “Clean Up, Clear Out & Repurpose” which culminated in Saturday’s public electronics recycling event.

We set aside a day for staff to organize their office – they set aside items of interest to the archives and organize paper documents for shredding and recycling. Everyone participated by joining us for a pizza lunch, including our grounds crew.

Company Electronics Recycling

On Friday employees and volunteers were invited to drop off their personal electronic items to be recycled along with items that Mount Auburn was recycling. Staff volunteered to host the drop off during the day, and the IT department brought our recycling up from storage along with batteries that the company had collected for recycling.

Eighth Annual Electronics Recycling Event Open to the Public

On Saturday January 25th, we invited the public to bring their electronics for recycling at the Operations Center parking area on Cottage Street from 10:00AM-1:00 PM. All materials were picked up by Northeast Material Handling. The rain held off and the weather was comfortable. Issac Ahanmisi, IT Associate , Jessica Bussmann, Director of Education and Visitor Services; Corinne Elicone, Events and Outreach Coordinator; and Greg Ghazil, Preservation Supervisor turned out to host the event with me and volunteer Caleb Stewart.

This eight year attracted even larger attendance. An estimated 70 vehicles delivered items on Saturday. The oddest items coming to our collection this year: an exhaust system, a bed frame and a check embosser. We filled 17 pallets which required two truck runs to clear, that’s up from 13 pallets in 2019 for an estimated 4,250 lbs of recycling.

This effort was sponsored by Mount Auburn’s Sustainability Working Groups under the leadership of Paul Kwiatkowski, Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability Manager and by the Information Technology Department at Mount Auburn.


17 bins of electronic equipment:

~4250 lbs, 707 items recycled

~500 lbs of scrap metal

70 lbs of alkaline batteries

#1 item recycled: 70 Laptop Computers