It's About Time: The Triumph of the Eternal Over the Temporal at Mount Auburn Cemetery
Adult Enrichment / Walking Tours -
Let’s go back 163 years to visit this spectacular garden cemetery. We’ll use a popular guide book from 1858, A Handbook for Passengers Over the Cambridge Railroad, to inform the direction of our walk. Each participant will receive a handout with illustrations from this early pamphlet to refer back to as we explore what was recommended to sightseers back then, along with commentary about “everything worthy of observation” in this sacred landscape. As we stroll along Central Avenue and other paths, we will visit the most popular monuments of that period, such as the first life-sized bronze statue cast in America. We’ll discuss how very different the cemetery would have looked to these earlier visitors and yet how the same positive spirit and emphasis on eternity would have been the same. Join us for an appreciation of the “Nature, Art and Affection” that have always been a signature of Mount Auburn Cemetery. Please note: Wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear for walking. Meeting location and safety guidelines will be emailed as part of the Registration Confirmation email. All walks meet rain or shine.