Sweet Auburn: The Magazine of the Friends of Mount Auburn President Bill Clendaniel Retires - Page 21

People and Happenings Lead bubbled and limestone seethed when Chief of Conservation David Gallagher presented Preservation at Mount Auburn, a tour and a demonstration at the Preserva- tion Services Building workshop on January 24. David demonstrated the mixing of a traditional lime mortar (thus the seething) and an acrylic paraloid B-72 mortar; the installation of lead wool, that is, lead in fine, fibered form, to fix a joint; and the pouring of lead (thus the bubbling). He also performed a pieced-in granite repair and discussed the Cemetery’s new, proactive Pres- ervation Service Initiative. Visibly intrigued, the overflow audience of 20 or more peppered David with questions and comments. The 2008 Conference Program of the Association for Preservation of Technology International has selected David Gallagher’s abstract, Mount Auburn Cemetery: The Evolution of Preservation Thinking and Practice, to be presented at the organization’s conference this year in Montreal. After having stepped in for over a year to assist Dave Barnett in managing all preservation and facilities activities, David is now able to return to his first love of caring for the historic fabric of the Cemetery’s monuments and buildings. Acting President David Barnett and his daughter, Marie, a senior at Oberlin College, ran the Boston Marathon in tandem on April 21, 2008, as members of the Dan a-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) Team. This was David’s 14th Marathon and his daughter’s first. They participated in memory of David’s father, Phil, and brother, Jack. During the past ten years, David has raised more than $130,000 for cancer research. Friends’ Members Survey Shows Loyalty, Individual Interests By Stephen R. Silver Director of Planned Giving Mount Auburn recently surveyed more than 1,000 Friends of Mount Auburn to learn more about our members so they can be better served as new programs and visitor resources are designed and implemented. Surveys were mailed to 1,033 members and, as of publication, 363—an impressive 35%—had responded. Some of the highlights from the survey’s results follow. • Primary reasons for joining the Friends include: having a connection to Mount Auburn (76%), enjoyment of horticulture (65%), and a desire to support a National Historic landmark (53%). • Friends have a variety of interests at Mount Auburn: 59% cited horticulture and walking, 57% history, 43% art (monuments and sculpture), and 41% visiting the graves of loved ones. • Just over one-half of survey respondents have a relative who is buried at Mount Auburn. • Survey respondents ranged in age from 33 to 96. Two- thirds are women. Seventy-two percent of respondents live in the Boston area. Of the 28% who don’t live nearby, 82% once did. • Survey respondents are highly educated—87% have completed college and 55% have earned an advanced degree. • Our magazine, Sweet Auburn, appears to be serving the needs of Friends: 93% of respondents reported that they read all or part of the magazine and 90% felt that it reflects all that is happening here. • When queried about what features an electronic visitors’ information kiosk should offer, respondents showed a strong interest in resources that would better help visitors enjoy and utilize the Cemetery: 60% wanted in- formation on “what’s in bloom”; 59% wanted to be able to look up the locations of specific graves; 54% wanted tree and plant identification and mapping software; 52% sought information on bird sightings; and 50% wanted information about gardens and natural habitats. • When asked about what items people would like to see stocked in a Mount Auburn gift shop, respondents expressed a strong interest in books. Forty percent sought reprints of historic guidebooks, 39% history- related books, 38% resources on monument symbolism, and 37% biographies. • Members are very loyal: 55% have been members for five or more years and 72% have been members for three or more years. ^ Summer 2008 | 19