December 7, 2019

Christmas Open House

You are invited to our 2nd annual Christmas Open House Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 from 1 to 3:00 p.m. at the chapel. You can bring an ornament in memory of a loved one for our memorial Christmas Tree. Refreshments will be served. Raffle tickets for a beautiful homemade quilt will be for sale. The drawing will be at 2:45 p.m.

We hope you will continue your membership as a Friend of Mount Auburn for 2017 with a donation of $ 10 or more to be used to improve our roads and plant more trees. Call 815-943-7010 or 815-943-2649 for details.

December 24, 2015

During this Holiday Season

we remember and honor

those who are no longer with us

and cherish those who are.

We wish you and your family a world of peace…..

June 2014

Mount Auburn Cemetery News

June 2014

Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend was a busy one at Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  There was a lot of flower planting .  A big THANK YOU to everyone who observed the rules on flower planting.  Your efforts provide beauty for all to enjoy and you displayed respect for everyone.

The American Legion placed flags at the graves of veterans interred in Mt. Auburn.  These include veterans of the Civil Way to the present day.  A big THANK YOU to the Legion for its contribution to Memorial Day Observance.

Mt. Auburn as a Park?

It was nice to see lots of visitors who were simply enjoying  the cemetery.  Parents walking with their babies in strollers, joggers, bicycling, dog walkers and just leisurely walking were some of activities enjoyed.  Mt. Auburn Cemetery is for the living as well as a final resting place.

Mt. Auburn was created by Harvard Founder Elbridge Ayer.  He modeled it after the original Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  It was the first to be in a park like setting and was to be a park as well as a cemetery.  Mr. Ayer, who was originally from Cambridge,  intended Harvard’s Mt. Auburn Cemetery to be used in the same way.  Please enjoy it as Mr. Ayer intended.


The ash bore has attacked all ash trees in the cemetery.  This is 48 trees which have to be removed. We are a non-profit cemetery.  We receive no money from any taxing body, or any other source.  The removal is very costly and donations are needed and greatly appreciated.  Please send them to:

Harvard Cemetery Association   PO Box 790    Harvard, IL 60033


Three new trees were donated recently to Mt. Auburn. We wish to thank the Seagren Family who donated a maple, the Davidson Family who donated a maple, and the Tody Family who donated a hackberry tree.  These trees help replace the trees that have to be removed every year because they have died.  Many trees have been graciously donated by other families in the past few years.  Please contact Mt. Auburn at 815-943-4640 for information prior to donating a tree.  Type of tree and placement need to be carefully considered to provide the best replenishing of the trees.   We will work together on these choices.

Winter Damage of Trees, Bushes and Shrubs

A lot of vegetation was  damaged or died due to the harsh winter.  Please do not replant any trees, bushes or shrubs you have removed.  It is very costly to maintain these when they are planted at individual graves and inevitably encroach on nearby graves.  The cemetery volunteers will be happy to remove any vegetation,  even if it is just overgrown, from graves and monuments.  Just call the cemetery number to request this service.

May 2014

Mount Auburn Cemetery News

May 2014

The winter was rather brutal at Mount Auburn. The snow was so high that headstones were not visible and monuments were almost covered. Plowing the extensive drives was a challenge as the snow on each side rose higher and higher. It was very pretty though. There is nothing more beautiful than looking through the main entrance on a moonlit night when snow covers the ground. The dark oak trees contrast against the snow. Any photographers out there that could take a night picture of that beauty next year?

Finally the winter is gone. Trees are full of leaves. The maples display their spring colors which are soon to turn green. Flowers are planted throughout the cemetery.

We had a mystery on Mother’s Day. A wood duck was in the chapel! It was flying against the windows trying to get out. We left the double doors open and it eventually flew away. No one can figure out how it got in. The doors are locked and the chimney is small and covered on the roof.

We are hoping to restore the inside of the chapel. The outside has a new roof. The inside is completed gutted and waiting for funding to restore it. We have benefactors that have been contributing to a restoration fund. We have a long way to go. If you would like to contribute please send your tax deductible donation to the address on the contact page. The chapel can be viewed by the public by appointment. We don’t want to leave the doors standing open with no one present. Who knows what critter might walk or fly in!

We thank everyone for their patience with our water system. We have had major breaks in the main lines due to the deep frost this year. These large breaks have never happened before. As one is fixed another shows itself. The extensive system, which runs throughout the cemetery, is drained each year but is gravity fed and some water remains. We are trying to keep water in the tower by the garage. You can fill containers with the hose there.

If you have any questions regarding the cemetery please e-mail them to All genealogy requests must be submitted to the e-mail address also.

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