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Mount Auburn Cemetery:
A New American Landscape--
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By looking at Mount Auburn Cemetery: A New American Landscape, students will learn about revolutionary changes in American landscape design and funerary practices that took place in the early 19th century. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

Mount Auburn Cemetery
Although still an active cemetery, Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 as Americaís first landscaped or garden cemetery. Comprising 175 acres, it has been nominated as a National Historic Landmark. For more information visit the Mount Auburn Cemetery website.

National Park Service (NPS) "Protecting Cultural Landscapes" Brief
Learn more about protecting cultural landscapes in NPS Preservation Brief #36: Protecting Cultural Landscapes: Planning, Treatment, and Management of Historic Landscapes. This brief offers a step-by-step guide for stewarding cultural landscapes. Read more for basic definitions and why a multi-discplinary approach toward cultural landscapes is crucial.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation
The Cultural Landscape Foundation is the only not-for-profit foundation in America dedicated to increasing the publicís awareness of the importance and irreplaceable legacy of cultural landscapes. Visit their website for more information on what cultural landscapes are and what they represent. Also learn about endangered landscapes and grassroots efforts to preserve them.

Boston National Historical Park
Boston National Historical Park is a unit of the National Park System. Visit the park's Web pages for the virtual Freedom Trail tour that shows the Granary, King's Chapel, and Copp's Hill burying grounds today.

Arnold Arboretum
The landscape and design at Mount Auburn Cemetery by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society helped to pave the way for Charles Sprague Sargent and Frederick Law Olmsted in their creation of the Arnold Arboretum, part of Boston City Park's Emerald Necklace.

Making of America
The Making of America site by Cornell University features a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. Included on the web site are images of many sources featuring and discussing Mount Auburn Cemetery, including a journal that printed Joseph Story's speech at the dedication of the cemetery.

Library of Congress: Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)/ Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Collection
Search the HABS/HAER collection for detailed drawings, photographs, and documentation from their architectural survey of Mount Auburn Cemetery. HABS/HAER is a division of the National Park Service.

Historic Cemeteries: "Written in Stone" Use this online lesson plan from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to explore the unique historical significance of cemeteries and the role they plan in communities. Obtaining access to this lesson plan requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. This freeware application can be used as both an internet browser plug-in or as a stand-alone program. Follow Adobe Systems' downloading instructions and program documentation to properly install Acrobat Reader on your system.


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