Sweet Auburn: The Magazine of the Friends of Mount Auburn The Art of Memory: Monuments Through Time - Page 2

A publication of the Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery 580 Mount Auburn Street Cambridge, MA 02138 617-547-7105 www.mountauburn.org Editorial Committee Bree D. Harvey, Editor Vice President of Cemetery & Visitor Services Jennifer J. Johnston, Managing Editor Webmaster, Media & Imaging Coordinator David P. Barnett, Contributing Editor President & CEO, Mount Auburn Cemetery Steve Brown / Preservation Craftsperson Jessica Bussmann / Education & Volunteer Coordinator Jane M. Carroll / Vice President of Development Dennis Collins / Horticultural Curator Candace Currie / Director of Planning & Sustainability Gus Fraser / Director of Preservation & Facilities Jenny Gilbert / Senior Gifts Officer Stephanie Gillette / External Affairs Coordinator President’s Corner Many of the pleasures of Mount Auburn are ephemeral, from the brightly-plumaged warblers and vibrant flowers of the spring to the spectacular foliage of the fall. But one feature remains constant throughout the year–the monuments erected in the landscape to honor the memory of those buried here. These monuments, ranging from inscribed flat memorials to tall and grand works of sculptural art, appear to be solid unmoving stone, but they have lives of their own, both in the stories they tell and in their presence in the landscape around them. Their stories live on through the research Dave Barnett and educational efforts of our historical collections staff and volunteers, while their physical presence lives on through the work of our preservation staff. In this issue, we explore the meaning and challenges of maintaining these monuments of Mount Auburn and introduce you to the staff responsible for preserving them. We also provide examples of how new monuments continue to enhance the landscape as new memories and traditions are added to the collection that make the Cemetery a visible representation of remembrance and love for those who have passed. I hope you enjoy the stories. David P. Barnett, President Regina Harrison / Executive Assistant James Holman / Director of Cemetery Sales Tom Johnson / Family Services Coordinator Katherine Robinson / Cemetery Development & Preservation Associate Meg L. Winslow / Curator of Historical Collections Consultant Maura King Scully, MKS Communications Printer P+R Publications In this Issue Cover Photo: Thomas Handasyd Perkins Monument, Lot 108 Central Avenue, by Jennifer Johnston Feature article: The Art of Memory / 1 Trustees of the Friends of Mount Auburn Photo Essay: Monument Symbolism / 8 Widgie Aldrich, Chair, Cambridge, MA David P. Barnett, Boxborough, MA Clemmie L. Cash, Sarasota, FL Thomas C. Cooper, Watertown, MA Geri Denterlein, Cambridge James F. Hunnewell, Jr., Chestnut Hill, MA Caroline Loughlin, Treasurer, Cambridge Sean McDonnell, Cambridge Caroline Mortimer, Vice-Chair, Cambridge Frank Reece, Cambridge Ann M. Roosevelt, Cambridge Honorary Trustee of the Friends Susan W. Paine, Cambridge The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery was established in 1986 to assist in the conservation of the Cemetery’s natural beauty and to promote the appreciation of its cultural, historic, and natural resources. Organized in 1990 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable trust, the Friends seeks financial support from its members, other individuals, foundations, corporations, and public agencies. It receives gifts for educational and inter- pretive programs and materials for the public, specific cultural projects, and operating support for horticultural rejuvenation and the preservation of the historic monuments, structures, and archival artifacts and records. The Friends has over 1,300 active members. 2 | Sweet Auburn Stories Behind the Stones: Staff, Volunteer, and Donor Favorites / 12 pg. 4 Preserving Mount Auburn / 13 Cemetery Services / 14 People & Happenings / 15 Volunteer Profile: Bill McEvoy / 16 Did You Know? / 20 pg. 11 Fundraising Initiative / 21 Upcoming Events / Back Cover pg. 19 President’s Corner Sweet Auburn