ERIC Number: ED466433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Mount Auburn Cemetery: A New American Landscape. Teaching with Historic Places.
Heywood, Janet; Breitkreutz, Cathleen Lambert
Land was at a premium during the first quarter of the 19th century in the newly incorporated city of Boston (Massachusetts). Among the first priorities was the development of a safer, healthier city. Boston's burial grounds were seriously overcrowded, and additional space was no longer available within the city limits. Attitudes about death and burial were changing significantly around this time. Mount Auburn Cemetery, founded in 1831, reflected these changing ideas about death, and at the same time addressed the problem of an overcrowded city. Located about four miles outside of Boston, Mount Auburn Cemetery provided ample space for burials amid a tranquil, natural setting. This lesson plan looks at cemeteries and attitudes toward death and burial. The lesson plan is divided into eight sections: (1) "About This Lesson"; (2) "Getting Started: Inquiry Question"; (3) "Setting the Stage: Historical Context"; (4) "Locating the Site: Maps" (Boston and Vicinity, 1830; Mount Auburn Cemetery, 1847); (5) "Determining the Facts: Readings" (Founding Vision: A 'Garden of Graves'; The Landscape: Art and Nature; A Place for the Living: Leisure, Learning and Mourning); (6) "Visual Evidence: Images" (Engraved Views of Copp's Hill, Boston, 1851; Engraved View of Lowell Lot, 1847; Engraved View of Stow Gardens, circa 1760; Engraved View of Gossler Lot, 1847; Stereographic View of Jones Lot, 1860s; Engraved View of Appleton Lot, 1847; Mount Auburn Guide Book, 1856); (7) "Putting It All Together: Activities" (Map Mania; Location Is Everything; Observing the Landscape); and (8)"Supplementary Resources". The lesson plan can be used in U.S. history, social studies, and geography courses in units on urbanization and reform movements. (BT)
Descriptors: Bereavement, Built Environment, Death, Heritage Education, Historic Sites, History Instruction, Intermediate Grades, Local History, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, United States History, Urbanization
Teaching with Historic Places, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Suite NC400, Washington, DC 20240. For full text: http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/84mountauburn/84mountauburn.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Register of Historic Places.