Sweet Auburn: The Magazine of the Friends of Mount Auburn Lives of the Past Informing the Future - Page 23

sweet auburn | 2019 volume ii REMEMBERING THE GREAT AND THE GOOD Discoveries from Mount Auburn’s Family Digitization Project Mary Starbird, buried in a family lot on Myrtle Path. Portrait taken sometime in the mid-19th century. Mount Auburn Cemetery, paper admission ticket, Boston, September 19, 1877 Andrew Skow, tinsmith, Cambridge, MA, date unknown. John Waldo, Jr. “Visiting the Family Lots,” Cambridge, April 1994 Over the course of nearly 200 years, Mount Auburn has become the final resting place for all those wishing to be buried at the Cemetery, regardless of race, creed, or religion. Mount Auburn is celebrated as the burial spot for Boston’s cultural and intellectual leaders including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Julia Ward Howe, Harriet Jacobs, Nathaniel Bowditch, Isabella Stewart Gardner, Fannie Farmer, R. Buckminster Fuller, and B.F. Skinner. Joining its “notable residents” are the servants, soldiers, sailors, midwives, blacksmiths, and everyday people who worked tirelessly to build the economies of Boston, Cambridge, and the surrounding communities. The stories for most of these 100,000 residents are still waiting to be discovered. With its current Family Digitization project, Mount Auburn is strengthening the role of this “landscape of memory,” a place founded to offer the lessons of history through a “communion with the dead.” Each month the Cemetery provides opportunities for the public to scan photographs, documents, ephemera, and other small objects that help to tell the stories of those buried at Mount Auburn. The materials digitized to date have already added immensely to what we know about those buried at the Cemetery. An exploration of these items also reminds us not only about who we remember but also why and how we remember them. Explore some of our recent discoveries and make an appointment to scan your own families photos and mementos. https://mountauburn.org/family-digitization-project/ This project has been funded through a Common Heritage Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Sebastian & Josephine Gianino, Boston, 1920 21