In my last visit I was collecting entrepreneurs, and I was interested this time in adding to that list. But it's worth saying that Mount Auburn itself is also one of the most interesting social innovations of the 19th century: go visit King's Chapel graveyard in Boston and then head out to Mount Auburn. It's hard to be more innovative than changing the way people think about death and remember their loved ones.
Below is King's Chapel on a summer day in 2009.
By way of contrast, see Mount Auburn below. It was made for strolling, for unfurling an oriental rug and laying out a picnic in your large family plot on a Saturday afternoon. The day we were there last weekend the 170 acres were filled with visitors.
A group of us took a tour called "Not So Rich or Famous," an introduction to a number of folks who had interesting, full, sometimes very difficult lives--but who have been mostly lost to history. Thanks to some hardworking folks at Mount Auburn, however, their stories are starting to be told.