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Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, MA 02138-5517)
Bree Harvey (Project Director: May 2016 to August 2019)

Common Heritage
Preservation and Access

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$10,000 (approved)
$10,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2019

Mount Auburn Cemetery: Preserving Community Memories

Two digitization days for photographs, documents, artifacts, and ephemera related to the 100,000 people buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery, and preservation workshops for participants. Notable figures buried there include Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Buckminster Fuller, and Isabella Stewart Gardner.  The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery would contact those on file for family lots and graves, as well as partner with community organizations to publicize the events, which will also include workshops on preservation, digitization, and preserving digital collections.  Materials digitized would enhance a mobile app currently under development, which uses GPS coordinates to document the graves and monuments and which includes biographical and historical information about those buried at the cemetery.

The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery (FOMAC) seeks a Common Heritage grant to host two digitization days which will aid in the discovery and digitization of a range of archival cultural heritage materials held by the public that help to tell the story of Mount Auburn Cemetery and the 100,000 people buried and commemorated here. Consultants from the Northeast Document Conservation Center will hold two separate but programmatically identical "digitization days", one each in Cambridge and Watertown, Massachusetts, organize digitization, and create metadata. Digitized materials will be provided free of charge to the public who bring in their documents and artifacts and, with permission, will be used as interpretive and educational content for Mount Auburn's new free Mobile App as well as shared on the Digital Commonwealth. FOMAC will also hold a series of public programs to highlight the importance of preservation and provide additional context for the digitization process.