Sweet Auburn: The Magazine of the Friends of Mount Auburn The Art of Memory: Monuments Through Time - Page 21

People and Happenings In the summe r of 2010, the Cemete ry restored the beloved Rich Monument on Garden Avenue thanks to the generosity of a private donor. The monument’s marble statue depicting a kneeling woman looking to heaven captured the sentiment of many over the years. This spring the monument captured even more hearts when a robin decided to build a nest and raise her young in the arms of the statue on Mother’s Day. P orte C ochere P reservation A ward H onoring R ecent M onument C onservation P rojects and S tory C hapel E ntrance The Victorian Society of America, New England Chapter, honored Mount Auburn Cemetery with a Preser- vation Award at a ceremony held at Mount Auburn in June. In announcing the award, Peggy Clarke, New England Chapter chair, applauded the Cemetery’s preservation efforts: “Mount Auburn has had a monumental challenge through- out its history, with the care of both an important landscape as well as its monuments. We are honoring Mount Auburn this year for the 2012 conservation of the Robert Gould Shaw Monument, the statue of Nathaniel Bowditch, and the reconstruction of the entrance way to Story Chapel. The statue of Hygeia, whose conservation was completed in 2008, is acknowledged as well. Congratulations on these accomplishments!” Trustees, staff, and donors gathered at Mount Auburn on April 20th for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of the new Story Chapel entrance. Former President and now member of the Board of Directors Robert M. Wilson (left) and President and CEO Wayne Patenaude (center) of Cambridge Savings Bank joined Dave Barnett to cut the ribbon and ceremoniously open the improved entrance to the Chapel and Visitors Center. Cambridge Savings Bank generously made the first and final gifts for this project, which was also supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, The Lynch Foundation, Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation, The Helen and Michael Schaffer Foundation, Edwin S. Webster Foundation, Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust, and several individual donors. Fall 2013 | 19