Channing Monument at Mt. Auburn

• The monument to the Rev. William Ellery Channing in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachussetts needs care. It is stained from pollutants and biological growth. Lichen and green algae obscure the inscription and detract from the once polished white marble. The surfaces are covered with a thin network of cracks. Conservation treatment will stabilize the stone, preserve the sculptural elements and inscription, and ensure the long-term survival of this important Unitarian memorial.

It is estimated that $15,000 will be needed to conserve the Channing monument. The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery (a 501c3 organization) is seeking to fund half the project costs in donations. Several Unitarian Universalist ministers, the Reverends Mark Harris, Stephanie May, and Rosemarie Smurzynski are leading this effort. We invite you to participate in honoring a foundational Unitarian Universalist figure. For more information contact: Rev. Rosemarie Smurzynski at this address:

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Download an Adobe Acrobat copy of the Channing Monument Restoration Fund brochure for the full details along with details on how to send donations. The UUHHS is assisting with this project. Help us spread the word on this important project; download the brochure to your computer, print a half-dozen copies, and share the copies with friends and members of your congregation.

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