Sweet Auburn: The Magazine of the Friends of Mount Auburn A Modern Vision for an Historic Cemetery - Page 8

Online Memorial Pages By Bree D. Harvey, Vice President of Cemetery & Visitor Services Mount Auburn’s “community of the dead” now totals more than 100,000 people. Among those buried here are men and women who have shaped our local, regional, and national identity: activists, authors, designers, inventors, scientists, and philosophers. Also buried here, in even greater numbers, are those important in our own lives: mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, daughters and sons, mentors and friends. With a new feature on our website, Mount Auburn has enhanced its mission to commemorate the dead using an online tool that celebrates the lives and preserves the memories of those buried at the Cemetery. Mount Auburn’s new Online Memorial Pages collect the stories of those buried here, as shared by the family and friends who knew them best. With this program, a unique memorial page for each person buried at the Cemetery can now be accessed through the burial search feature on our website. Designed to be collaborative and interac- tive, each memorial page is meant to become a dedicated online space where family and friends can work together to celebrate the lives of their loved ones, using text, pho- tographs, news clippings, and videos to tell the story of a person’s life. Over time, these memorial pages will become dynamic timelines charting the academic accomplishments, military service, career highlights, family milestones, and important life events that help to define the person being remembered. Linked to our mobile app, these memorial pages will allow visitors “in the field” to learn more about the lives of those now buried at the Cemetery. And for those unable to make an actual visit to the Cemetery, the online memo- rial pages become a virtual place to visit, to reflect, and to remember. Many who are buried at Mount Auburn lived rich lives, and every individual has left behind fascinating stories that are worthy of preservation. We hope that you will use this new online tool to celebrate the lives of your own loved ones. Interested to learn more about our new Memorial Pages? Visit www.mountauburn.org/ OnlineMemorialPages for a brief tour and tutorial of this new online feature. 6 | Sweet Auburn To launch the new Memorial Pages, the Friends has begun to populate the pages for some of its most notable residents. Photographs, documents, and other digital “artifacts” that help to tell their stories can now be accessed on their individual pages. Following are just few highlights from this project. We hope these examples will inspire you to begin adding information and stories to the memorial pages for your own loved ones. Activist and author Julia Ward Howe (1819–1910) wrote the lyrics for “Battle Hymn of the Republic” in 1862, as the Civil War gripped the country. A contemporary audio recording of the song, as performed by the U.S. Army Band, celebrates Howe’s iconic and enduring patriotic melody. Audio: Library of Congress. Lawyer Clement Garnett Morgan (1859-1929) fought for civil rights on a local and national scale. This 1905 photograph shows Morgan (front row, center) with other founding members of the Niagara Movement, a civil rights group considered to be the precursor to the NAACP. Image: Library of Congress.