June 19, 2019

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.

Invaders

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

TREES

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.