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As founder of a worldwide religious movement, Mary Baker Eddy often nurtured her students with words of encouragement. O...
07/09/2021
Mary Baker Eddy Papers

As founder of a worldwide religious movement, Mary Baker Eddy often nurtured her students with words of encouragement. One example is this letter to Emma D. Behan, with the quote, “I rejoice more than language can convey over your good work”

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Mary Baker Eddy Papers

Mary Baker Eddy didn't have the easiest relationship with her sister, Abigail Tilton. Yet in spite of Tilton's sharp cri...
07/08/2021
Abigail Baker Tilton Daguerreotype | Mary Baker Eddy Library

Mary Baker Eddy didn't have the easiest relationship with her sister, Abigail Tilton. Yet in spite of Tilton's sharp criticism of her work, Eddy persevered and worked to remain graceful and loving. Read more at the link. (Yesterday was #GlobalForgivenessDay.)

📷 The leather case for the daguerreotype features a vine and grapes on the cover. (1961.011)

Go behind the scenes of an image taken over 150 years ago.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And Love is reflected in love;-Mary Baker Eddy’s sense of this line ...
07/07/2021

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And Love is reflected in love;

-Mary Baker Eddy’s sense of this line from the Lord’s Prayer for #GlobalForgivenessDay

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And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And Love is reflected in love;

-Mary Baker Eddy’s sense of this line from the Lord’s Prayer for #GlobalForgivenessDay

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NEW: Hear how concern over the weakening of religion in the late 1800's led to an influential movement focused on health...
07/06/2021
55. Muscular Christianity, the YMCA, and Mary Baker Eddy | Mary Baker Eddy Library

NEW: Hear how concern over the weakening of religion in the late 1800's led to an influential movement focused on health and manliness in our Seekers and Scholars podcast titled "Muscular Christianity, the YMCA, and Mary Baker Eddy."

Explore the pivotal role of Edith Bunker in the breakthrough sitcom All in the Family, portrayed by actor and Christian Scientist Jean Stapleton.

Do you have or know any children ages 4-12? The Mary Baker Eddy Library is hosting “One World,” a FREE online youth even...
07/05/2021

Do you have or know any children ages 4-12? The Mary Baker Eddy Library is hosting “One World,” a FREE online youth event series for the next six weeks, starting Tuesday, July 13 🌎 Learn about different cultures around the world through inspiring performances, simple crafts, engaging stories, and Christian Science Monitor journalism. #OneWorld2021

Find more information and register here: https://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/kids-groups-families/one-world/

Do you have or know any children ages 4-12? The Mary Baker Eddy Library is hosting “One World,” a FREE online youth event series for the next six weeks, starting Tuesday, July 13 🌎 Learn about different cultures around the world through inspiring performances, simple crafts, engaging stories, and Christian Science Monitor journalism. #OneWorld2021

Find more information and register here: https://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/kids-groups-families/one-world/

It was exactly one hundred years from the date of the Declaration of Independence, when on July 4, 1876, the first Chris...
07/04/2021

It was exactly one hundred years from the date of the Declaration of Independence, when on July 4, 1876, the first Christian Scientist Association was organized by seven persons, of whom the foremost was Mrs. Eddy.
—Extract from the Montreal Daily Herald
Pulpit and Press, p. 67

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It was exactly one hundred years from the date of the Declaration of Independence, when on July 4, 1876, the first Christian Scientist Association was organized by seven persons, of whom the foremost was Mrs. Eddy.
—Extract from the Montreal Daily Herald
Pulpit and Press, p. 67

📷 ANDREY DENISYUK/Moment/Getty Images

07/02/2021

Don’t miss our ‘All in the Family’ "Seekers and Scholars” podcast episode. Explore how award-winning actress Jean Stapleton brought a spiritual perspective, rooted in her Christian Science faith, to her performances. Want to listen to the full episode? Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher or at the link: https://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/research/podcast/52-jean-stapleton-and-the-spiritual-dimensions-of-all-in-the-family/?cmpid=FB

Interested in learning more about Jean Stapleton and her relationship with Christian Science? Check out yesterday’s post!

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For #WorldCanadaDay get to know Canadian-American entrepreneur Martha Matilda Harper (1857–1950), a follower of Christia...
07/01/2021
Women of History: Martha Matilda Harper | Mary Baker Eddy Library

For #WorldCanadaDay get to know Canadian-American entrepreneur Martha Matilda Harper (1857–1950), a follower of Christian Science. Modern franchising owes a great deal to Harper. Her hair salons (known as "Harper Shops"), changed the way women cared for their hair and navigated the evolving standards of grooming and beauty in the first half of the twentieth century.

📷 Martha Matilda Harper, c. 1914. Courtesy of Library of Congress

Meet a Christian Scientist who brought innovation to the hair care industry.

Did you know that actress Jean Stapleton, best known for her role as Edith Bunker on the 1970s sitcom ‘All in the Family...
07/01/2021
Women of History: Jean Stapleton | Mary Baker Eddy Library

Did you know that actress Jean Stapleton, best known for her role as Edith Bunker on the 1970s sitcom ‘All in the Family,’ was a Christian Scientist? Her role on this show earned her three Primetime Emmys, two Golden Globes, and an induction into the Television Hall of Fame. This article shares how Stapleton relied upon prayer throughout her career. Read more at the link: https://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/research/women-of-history-jean-stapleton/?cmpid=FB

Read about a well-known actress who was full of talent—and faith. Audio and video links included.

Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all manki...
06/30/2021

Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it. -Mary Baker Eddy #WorldSocialMediaDay

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Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it. -Mary Baker Eddy #WorldSocialMediaDay

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Several members of Mary Baker Eddy's household staff enjoyed photography as a hobby--and we are so grateful! They left u...
06/29/2021
Calvin Frye’s camera | Mary Baker Eddy Library

Several members of Mary Baker Eddy's household staff enjoyed photography as a hobby--and we are so grateful! They left us thousands of candid and posed photographs of life at Eddy's Pleasant View and Chestnut Hill homes. Learn more about the Kodak camera owned by Calvin Frye, Eddy's secretary. #NationalCameraDay

📷 Pony Premo No. 6 camera owned by Calvin Frye. © MBEL

Learn more about Calvin Frye's love for technology and see how he used his camera in Mary Baker Eddy's household.

Bring the world to your 4-12-year old this summer! Join The Mary Baker Eddy Library’s free online youth event series, “O...
06/28/2021

Bring the world to your 4-12-year old this summer! Join The Mary Baker Eddy Library’s free online youth event series, “One World” every Tuesday, July 13th through August 17th. Kids will travel virtually to different nations from around the globe, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the Philippines. Learn about different cultures, watch inspiring performances, create simple crafts, and listen to engaging stories

The Library will also be debuting a new and fun activity this year, Global Adventures with the Christian Science Monitor that will bring kids to places around the world with CSM journalists. #OneWorld2021

Find more information and register here: https://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/kids-groups-families/one-world/

Bring the world to your 4-12-year old this summer! Join The Mary Baker Eddy Library’s free online youth event series, “One World” every Tuesday, July 13th through August 17th. Kids will travel virtually to different nations from around the globe, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the Philippines. Learn about different cultures, watch inspiring performances, create simple crafts, and listen to engaging stories

The Library will also be debuting a new and fun activity this year, Global Adventures with the Christian Science Monitor that will bring kids to places around the world with CSM journalists. #OneWorld2021

Find more information and register here: https://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/kids-groups-families/one-world/

Much like email signature blocks of today, stationery was a way to distinguish the owner. Many from all walks of life wr...
06/28/2021
From the Papers—Part Two: Learning from Letterhead | Mary Baker Eddy Library

Much like email signature blocks of today, stationery was a way to distinguish the owner. Many from all walks of life wrote letters to Mary Baker Eddy, so the stationery we see as part of the MBE Papers project tells a unique story. Read more at the link, or see our June 1st post for more examples.

📷 J. Newton Stone to Mary Baker Eddy, January 7, 1886, 577.59.007. J. Allen and Lysbeth L. Campbell to Mary Baker Eddy, October 22, 1885, 528.57.009. Harriette D. Walker to Mary Baker Eddy, October 21, 1885, 721AP1.88.029. Solomon W. Straub to Mary Baker Eddy, June 2, 1884, 952.93.040.

Meet the people who wrote to Mary Baker Eddy—by taking a look at their stationery.

Mary Baker Eddy received many letters from people who appreciated her book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptur...
06/25/2021
Mary Baker Eddy Papers

Mary Baker Eddy received many letters from people who appreciated her book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and her other writings--so much so, that they wanted to share them. One writes:

"I have some friends that I would like to have know the glad tidings, & presume if they had the books would not be willing to part with them....I am only a pupil myself as yet but think I can discern the light that foretells the dawn."

Read this letter, and others that are part of the Mary Baker Eddy Papers project, at the link.

📷 Photo courtesy of The Mary Baker Eddy Library.

Mary Baker Eddy Papers

Lynn, Massachusetts, located north of Boston, is significant in the history of Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science.Lyn...
06/24/2021
The city of Lynn in 1849 | Mary Baker Eddy Library

Lynn, Massachusetts, located north of Boston, is significant in the history of Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science.

Lynn was Eddy's home for many years. In February, 1866, Eddy fell on an icy street in Lynn and was severely injured. This incident eventually led to her complete recovery and her discovery of Christian Science. It was also in Lynn that she taught her first students. This 1849 lithograph shows Lynn as it was 20 years before these events. #ThrowbackThursday

📷 Lithograph of Lynn, Massachusetts, c. 1849. 1982.17

Explore a map of the mill city that nurtured the early Christian Science movement.

Love is not puffed up; and the meek and loving, God anoints and appoints to lead the line of mankind's triumphal march o...
06/23/2021

Love is not puffed up; and the meek and loving, God anoints and appoints to lead the line of mankind's triumphal march out of the wilderness, out of darkness into light. —Mary Baker Eddy

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Love is not puffed up; and the meek and loving, God anoints and appoints to lead the line of mankind's triumphal march out of the wilderness, out of darkness into light. —Mary Baker Eddy

📷Vicki Jauron, Babylon and Beyond Photography/Moment/Getty Images

Archival information can't be stored in boxes in a garage! A library's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)...
06/22/2021

Archival information can't be stored in boxes in a garage! A library's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is crucial in preserving these documents for generations to come. The Library installed new Lieberts HVAC units in 2019 to keep our collections safe. #NationalHVACTechDay

📷 Photo courtesy of The Mary Baker Eddy Library.

Archival information can't be stored in boxes in a garage! A library's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is crucial in preserving these documents for generations to come. The Library installed new Lieberts HVAC units in 2019 to keep our collections safe. #NationalHVACTechDay

📷 Photo courtesy of The Mary Baker Eddy Library.

Many books about Mary Baker Eddy's life (as well as the books she wrote) can be researched electronically. Find out how ...
06/21/2021
Are books about Eddy searchable online? | Mary Baker Eddy Library

Many books about Mary Baker Eddy's life (as well as the books she wrote) can be researched electronically. Find out how in this article from our "Ask a Researcher" series.

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See how you can research some biographies written about Mary Baker Eddy, the founder and discoverer of Christian Science, electronically.

"God is our Father and our Mother, our Minister and the great Physician: He is man's only real relative on earth and in ...
06/20/2021

"God is our Father and our Mother, our Minister and the great Physician: He is man's only real relative on earth and in heaven." -Mary Baker Eddy #FathersDay

📷©: David Merron Photography/Moment/Getty Images

"God is our Father and our Mother, our Minister and the great Physician: He is man's only real relative on earth and in heaven." -Mary Baker Eddy #FathersDay

📷©: David Merron Photography/Moment/Getty Images

Juneteenth brought freedom to millions of enslaved people in the United States. This artist’s depiction of Lincoln’s sig...
06/19/2021
Emancipation Proclamation and Mary Baker Eddy

Juneteenth brought freedom to millions of enslaved people in the United States. This artist’s depiction of Lincoln’s signing of the emancipation proclamation held a prominent place in Eddy’s homes. The Proclamation symbolized to many, including Mary Baker Eddy, the end of slavery, thus giving hope to Black Americans. #Juneteenth

📷 A copy of “First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation,” by Francis Bicknell Carpenter, owned by Mary Baker Eddy.

To commemorate the publication of the Emancipation Proclamation, artist Francis Bicknell Carpenter (1830-1900) sought to depict President Lincoln reading it to his cabinet in September 1862.

NEW: The recent remembrance of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre caused us to ask how The Christian Science Monitor--founded ...
06/18/2021
Did the Monitor report on the 1921 Tulsa massacre? | Mary Baker Eddy Library

NEW: The recent remembrance of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre caused us to ask how The Christian Science Monitor--founded by Mary Baker Eddy--covered the story when it happened. See the results of our researchers' work, as well as how the Monitor covered the news in 2021. #Juneteenth

📷 Photo courtesy of Library of Congress

Check out some significant and informative coverage from a century ago by The Christian Science Monitor.

The worldwide headquarters for the Christian Science Church welcomes a new President every June. Learn about the first A...
06/17/2021
Women of History: Pearline Thompson | Mary Baker Eddy Library

The worldwide headquarters for the Christian Science Church welcomes a new President every June. Learn about the first African American to serve in this role.

📷 Pearline Thompson (Incoming President of The Mother Church) stands with John Lewis Selover (Chairman of the Christian Science Board of Directors) in June 1988.

Read about a woman who combatted racism through her prayers.

“Pure humanity, friendship, home, the interchange of love, bring to earth a foretaste of heaven. They unite terrestrial ...
06/16/2021

“Pure humanity, friendship, home, the interchange of love, bring to earth a foretaste of heaven. They unite terrestrial and celestial joys, and crown them with blessings infinite.” —Mary Baker Eddy

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“Pure humanity, friendship, home, the interchange of love, bring to earth a foretaste of heaven. They unite terrestrial and celestial joys, and crown them with blessings infinite.” —Mary Baker Eddy

📷 Andrew Olney/OJO Images/Getty Images

During this week in 1906, The Mother Church Extension in Boston, Massachusetts, opened its doors, greeting thousands of ...
06/15/2021
From the Collections: Images of the Mother Church Extension | Mary Baker Eddy Library

During this week in 1906, The Mother Church Extension in Boston, Massachusetts, opened its doors, greeting thousands of visitors. Designed to accommodate the rapidly growing Christian Science movement, the new edifice took about two years to construct. The Extension is currently undergoing significant renovations. See the link for our photo essay.

📷 Construction of The Mother Church Extension, 1905.

View this inspiring photo essay marking a significant accomplishment in the history of the Christian Science movement.

On this day in 1888, the third convention of the National Christian Scientist Association (NCSA) was underway in Chicago...
06/14/2021
From the Collections: A small book notes a big story | Mary Baker Eddy Library

On this day in 1888, the third convention of the National Christian Scientist Association (NCSA) was underway in Chicago, Illinois.

Mary Baker Eddy delivered an address, “Science and the Senses,” where she encouraged those in attendance, saying, “...The lives of all reformers attest the authenticity of their mission, and call the world to acknowledge its divine Principle. Truly is it written: —'Thou must be true thyself, if thou the truth would'st teach; Thy heart must overflow, if thou another's heart would's reach.'”

To learn more about the background of the NCSA, read this latest research from the Collections.

📷 Photo of 1875 Christian Scientist Association notebook, © MBEL.

Read about early efforts to organize the Christian Science movement.

The order of services in Christian Science churches, societies, and informal groups has evolved since they began in the ...
06/11/2021
Mary Baker Eddy Papers

The order of services in Christian Science churches, societies, and informal groups has evolved since they began in the late 1800s. Take a look at this "order of services" led by Mary Baker Eddy in 1886 in the link.

Mary Baker Eddy Papers

NEW The June "Seekers and Scholars" podcast is now available: "Community and memory in the Mary Baker Eddy Library archi...
06/10/2021
54. Community and memory in The Mary Baker Eddy Library archives | Mary Baker Eddy Library

NEW The June "Seekers and Scholars" podcast is now available: "Community and memory in the Mary Baker Eddy Library archives."

What is meant by “collective memory”? How do archives like ours preserve it for the communities they serve? This episode explores answers, and discusses the collections at The Mary Baker Eddy Library and how they tell the stories of our namesake and the Christian Science movement.

Guests include Jeannette A. Bastian, Professor Emerita at the School of Library and Information Science, Simmons University, Boston, where she directed the Archives Management concentration from 1999 to 2019. ##LoveArchives #IAW2021

Explore the pivotal role of Edith Bunker in the breakthrough sitcom All in the Family, portrayed by actor and Christian Scientist Jean Stapleton.

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HI i came across this book its seems to be very rare i plan on putting it up on ebay i cant find another like it. it has a V.M.L. on the cover. trying to get a info on it thanks in advance
Bonsoir. Je suis édifié par Science et santé du Pasteur Mary
bonjour, quelqu'un pourrait-il me renseigner sur la biographie de Mary BAker Eddy par Gill Gooding ? et comment l'obtenir ? c'est assez urgent, merci pour votre réponse.
Thank you so much for the August Newsletter that included links to interviews with Jean Stapleton, one of my favorite actresses. She was not only a superb creator of character, but an excellent vocalist and an admirable person in every way. It was such a pleasure to hear her tell of her use of Christian Science in her lengthy career! This was one of so many fascinating things you have shared about this wonderful library--thank you again!
Thanks for the online opportunity to hear or read Seekers and Scholars.
Keep on.Go.
Lovely inspiring thought to all.
Health is not a condition of matter, but of mind. Sickness and Disease are an experience of a so-called mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body. -Mary Baker Eddy
What is the role of dear and epidemics? Take a read about experiments from the 1918 flu epidemic.
Hi there, I went to visit today but you were closed but didn't see any announcement on your page or website. Maybe you can put up a post so that other people don't head over there
Hi is the mapparium accessible for those with mobility issues or is it stairs only? Thanks
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