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Among the thousands of historic photographs in the Library’s collection, many were taken of daily life in Mary Baker Edd...
04/09/2021
Calvin Frye’s camera | Mary Baker Eddy Library

Among the thousands of historic photographs in the Library’s collection, many were taken of daily life in Mary Baker Eddy’s Pleasant View and Chestnut Hill homes. We have these photos today largely because several members of her staff enjoyed photography as a hobby. See what Eddy’s longtime secretary captured with his lens--including what we would call a “selfie” today. #FunFactsFriday

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

“Among the many souvenirs that Mrs. Eddy remembers as belonging to her grandparents was a heavy sword, encased in a bras...
04/08/2021

“Among the many souvenirs that Mrs. Eddy remembers as belonging to her grandparents was a heavy sword, encased in a brass scabbard, upon which had been inscribed the name of the kinsman upon whom the sword had been bestowed by Sir William Wallace of mighty Scottish fame.” (Pulpit and Press, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 46:17) #NationalScottishHeritageMonth

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In the spirit of Christ's charity, — as one who “hopeth all things, endureth all things,” and is joyful to bear consolat...
04/07/2021

In the spirit of Christ's charity, — as one who “hopeth all things, endureth all things,” and is joyful to bear consolation to the sorrowing and healing to the sick, — she commits these pages to honest seekers for Truth.

-Mary Baker Eddy (From the Preface of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures) #WorldHealthDay

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April 6th is National Library Workers Day. Help us recognize the valuable contributions of our staff today. Pictured her...
04/06/2021

April 6th is National Library Workers Day. Help us recognize the valuable contributions of our staff today. Pictured here is Allyson, our senior manager of research and collections. Allyson’s team has continued to maintain our collections and share information with the public. Thanks, Allyson! #NLWD21

April is #NationalPoetryMonth and we will post related content every Monday. To kick it off, enjoy this “Passion for Poe...
04/05/2021
48. Psalms of Life—Mary Baker Eddy and 19th-century American poetry | Mary Baker Eddy Library

April is #NationalPoetryMonth and we will post related content every Monday. To kick it off, enjoy this “Passion for Poetry” podcast from our archives, which explores how and why poetry was such an important influence on American culture during Mary Baker Eddy’s lifetime. In addition to Eddy--who was an avid poet throughout her lifetime--others featured and discussed in the program include Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Emily Dickinson.

Learn about—and celebrate—the importance of poetry to nineteenth-century Americans, including examples in recitation and song.

What a contrast between our Lord's last supper and his last spiritual breakfast with his disciples in the bright morning...
04/01/2021

What a contrast between our Lord's last supper and his last spiritual breakfast with his disciples in the bright morning hours at the joyful meeting on the shore of the Galilean Sea!
--Mary Baker Eddy

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Mozart experienced more than he expressed. The rapture of his grandest symphonies was never heard. He was a musician bey...
03/31/2021

Mozart experienced more than he expressed. The rapture of his grandest symphonies was never heard. He was a musician beyond what the world knew. -Mary Baker Eddy #MusicChangesLives

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In what city was Mary Baker Eddy living when she finished her first edition of Science and Health? (Find out the answer ...
03/30/2021

In what city was Mary Baker Eddy living when she finished her first edition of Science and Health? (Find out the answer later today in the comments.) #TriviaTuesday

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Read the first letter Eddy received from Annie Knott, who went on to fill many important roles in the Christian Science ...
03/26/2021
Mary Baker Eddy Papers

Read the first letter Eddy received from Annie Knott, who went on to fill many important roles in the Christian Science movement. Knott writes about establishing Christian Science in Detroit and also introducing it to Lucinda M. Stone, an educator, suffragist, author, and “earnest seeker after Truth.” #WomensHistoryMonth

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NEW: Many during the pandemic, especially mothers, have had to juggle work and child care duties. This correspondence fr...
03/25/2021
Work and Parenting in 1885

NEW: Many during the pandemic, especially mothers, have had to juggle work and child care duties. This correspondence from three women to Mary Baker Eddy in 1885 provides an insight into similar challenges they faced while balancing their healing practices with their families' needs.

📷Photo of Mary Baker Eddy, P00250. Janet T. Colman to Mary Baker Eddy, November 28, 1885, 392.50.015. M. Bettie Bell to Mary Baker Eddy, December 6, 1885, 020A.09.005. Photo of M. Bettie Bell, P00363.

Read some of Eddy’s correspondence with mothers studying Christian Science.

The violet lifts her blue eye to greet the early spring. The leaves clap their hands as nature's untired worshippers.-Ma...
03/24/2021

The violet lifts her blue eye to greet the early spring. The leaves clap their hands as nature's untired worshippers.
-Mary Baker Eddy

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“The strongest tie I’ve ever had, apart from love of God, has been my love of home,” Mary Baker Eddy told her secretary ...
03/22/2021
How did Eddy face times of housing insecurity? | Mary Baker Eddy Library

“The strongest tie I’ve ever had, apart from love of God, has been my love of home,” Mary Baker Eddy told her secretary towards the end of her life. By one estimate, Eddy moved 70 times in her lifetime, so she was no stranger to housing insecurity. She also enjoyed the comforts of homes she dearly loved.

Read about several decades in which the founder of Christian Science prevailed in the struggle to keep a roof over her head.

Celebrate International Day of Happiness on March 20. #ChooseHappiness“Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. I...
03/19/2021

Celebrate International Day of Happiness on March 20. #ChooseHappiness

“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

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The adventures of educator Florence Boynton took her to Japan, where she stayed for three decades and left a lasting leg...
03/18/2021
Women of History: Florence E. Boynton | Mary Baker Eddy Library

The adventures of educator Florence Boynton took her to Japan, where she stayed for three decades and left a lasting legacy on the history of Christian Science. Learn more about her from our "Women in History" series.

Meet a woman who nurtured Japan’s fledgling Christian Science field.

Happy St. Patrick's Day (3/17)! Check out these joyful moments from our 2019 One World: IRELAND program, a collaborative...
03/17/2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day (3/17)! Check out these joyful moments from our 2019 One World: IRELAND program, a collaborative event with @irishculturalcentre. Kids learned about the Emerald Isle by making Celtic knots and participating in an interactive step dance performance by @kennyacademy. Guest storyteller Katie McD also read classic folk stories and sang songs in Gaelic. Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming One World 2021 Program Series. 🌎🇮🇪 #StPatricksDay #IrishHeritage Month

The Papers team at the Library has noted a number of letters Eddy received from people involved in social reform. Many w...
03/16/2021
From the Papers: Social reform and Christian Science | Mary Baker Eddy Library

The Papers team at the Library has noted a number of letters Eddy received from people involved in social reform. Many wrote of the intersection they saw between their work and Christian Science. Get to know a Civil War veteran turned missionary from Buffalo, NY, USA, who asked Eddy if Christian Science would give him a “new channel” for helping people—and if he could become a healer. #WorldSocialWorkDay

Glimpse what it took to grow the early Christian Science movement in the young state of Nebraska.

NEW: Meet one of the first soloists for The Mother Church in Boston, an accomplished operatic soprano. Like many Christi...
03/15/2021
Women of History: Marcella Craft | Mary Baker Eddy Library

NEW: Meet one of the first soloists for The Mother Church in Boston, an accomplished operatic soprano. Like many Christian churches, The Mother Church for a number of years had a choir that participated in the Sunday services, singing both hymns and anthems. In 1898 that practice changed in the Boston church, and within a few years, this became the standard for Christian Science branch churches as well. #WomenofHistory

Learn about this famous operatic soprano who was one of The Mother Church’s first soloists.

March marks a time of anticipation in the Northern Hemisphere for springtime flowers. The grounds at Mary Baker Eddy’s “...
03/12/2021
Spring Tide at Pleasant View | Mary Baker Eddy Library

March marks a time of anticipation in the Northern Hemisphere for springtime flowers. The grounds at Mary Baker Eddy’s “Pleasant View” home in New Hampshire were once described by a local writer: “Not all the people in Concord know what a paradise Mrs. Eddy has prepared for all lovers of the beautiful in nature, in her spacious grounds…with flowering beds and budding shrubbery.” Enjoy this unique tinted photograph of her home and the story behind the grounds. #PlantAFlowerDay

Springtime in New England is a season of change. It begins with icy cold, proceeds to rain and mud, and finally—blooms with greenery and flowers.

NEW: Japanese translation available for our Women of History article featuring Miyo Matsukata, one of the first Christia...
03/11/2021
Women of History: Miyo Matsukata | Mary Baker Eddy Library

NEW: Japanese translation available for our Women of History article featuring Miyo Matsukata, one of the first Christian Scientists in Japan. Scroll to the bottom of the article for the pdf of the translation. #WomensHistoryMonth #ThrowbackThursday

Meet a woman who was instrumental in establishing Christian Science in Japan.

The conclusion cannot now be pushed, that women have no rights that man is bound to respect. This is woman's hour, in al...
03/10/2021

The conclusion cannot now be pushed, that women have no rights that man is bound to respect. This is woman's hour, in all the good tendencies, charities, and reforms of to-day. --Mary Baker Eddy

Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 245:17–20

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Read this draft of Eddy’s poem “Woman’s Rights” in her own handwriting. Here’s an excerpt: “Her right is to be true and ...
03/09/2021
Mary Baker Eddy Papers

Read this draft of Eddy’s poem “Woman’s Rights” in her own handwriting. Here’s an excerpt: “Her right is to be true and pure / To heal the sick to lift the weak / To feed the poor the orphan seek…” (Lynn, Massachusetts, May 6, 1876, A10004) #WomensHistoryMonth

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It’s been more than 100 years since women gained the right to vote in the United Kingdom. For International Women’s Day ...
03/09/2021
15. Among the first to stand—Christian Science and women in Parliament (Part One) | Mary Baker Eddy Library

It’s been more than 100 years since women gained the right to vote in the United Kingdom. For International Women’s Day on March 8, get to know three of Britain’s first women Members of Parliament and their significant contributions in advancing the rights of women and families, as well as their shared commitment to Christian Science. (Pictured here is Lady Nancy Astor.) #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 #WomensHistoryMonth

Hear about the first generation of women to serve in the British Parliament—and their groundbreaking, inspiring work.

In the chapter, “Prayer” in her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Eddy describes the Lord’s Prayer, w...
03/05/2021
The Significance of the Lord’s Prayer to Christian Scientists | Mary Baker Eddy Library

In the chapter, “Prayer” in her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Eddy describes the Lord’s Prayer, which Jesus gave to his disciples, as “that prayer which covers all human needs,” (p. 16). She eventually asked that it be read at every Christian Science service. Learn more about Eddy’s love for this prayer. #WorldDayofPrayer

To best answer this question, we can point you toward an article in the Christian Science Journal that describes Mary Baker Eddy’s relationship...

Clara Barton (pictured here) and Mary Baker Eddy were contemporaries who shared the common goals of healing people and a...
03/04/2021
Women of History: Clara Barton | Mary Baker Eddy Library

Clara Barton (pictured here) and Mary Baker Eddy were contemporaries who shared the common goals of healing people and alleviating their suffering. Although the two women went about their pursuits in different ways, both worked tirelessly for their respective causes. Did you know both even declared their admiration for each other publicly? Follow the link to learn more! #RedCrossMonth

📷 Portrait of Clara Barton, circa 1904. Photo by J.E. Purdy.
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-75827.

In natural law and in religion the right of woman to fill the highest measure of enlightened understanding and the highe...
03/03/2021

In natural law and in religion the right of woman to fill the highest measure of enlightened understanding and the highest places in government, is inalienable, and these rights are ably vindicated by the noblest of both sexes. --Mary Baker Eddy

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Did you know that Mary Baker Eddy’s first husband, George Washington Glover, was an active Freemason in Charleston, Sout...
03/02/2021
Does Christian Science have a connection to Freemasonry? | Mary Baker Eddy Library

Did you know that Mary Baker Eddy’s first husband, George Washington Glover, was an active Freemason in Charleston, South Carolina? Because of her exposure to the values of Freemasonry through him, and because of the care his brother Masons showed her after his untimely death in 1844, Eddy had a lifelong respect and appreciation for the Masonic Order. Read our latest article to learn more. (Pictured is the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia, built 1868-1873.)

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Find out about the impact Freemasonry had on Mary Baker Eddy’s life.

March is Women's History Month and we’ll be sharing related content every Monday. To kick it off, listen to this podcast...
03/01/2021
03. Women of History from the Mary Baker Eddy Library Archives | Mary Baker Eddy Library

March is Women's History Month and we’ll be sharing related content every Monday. To kick it off, listen to this podcast about the Library's Women of History articles. Learn how Mary Baker Eddy’s ideas and legacy impacted the lives of pioneering women—from famous public figures such as suffragist Susan B. Anthony to those of quieter influence such as Helen Wood Bauman, one of the longest serving editors of the Christian Science periodicals. #WomensHistoryMonth

Hear about the Library’s “Women of History” blog, and discover the impact of Eddy’s ideas on a wide range of pioneering women.

Mary Baker Eddy's household included a large staff who supported her important work. Everyone got together for mealtime ...
02/26/2021
Foods Prepared and Consumed in Mary Baker Eddy’s Household | Mary Baker Eddy Library

Mary Baker Eddy's household included a large staff who supported her important work. Everyone got together for mealtime and the menu always included bread. This recipe clipping for Vienna rolls comes from the Library's papers collection of Eddy's longtime cook, Minnie Weygandt. Learn more about mealtime in the household. #RealBreadWeek

The most complete information on Eddy’s diet starts with her 1892 move to Pleasant View, her home in Concord, New Hampshire. Members of her...

While there won't be February School Vacation Week programming this year, please enjoy these highlights from our 2020 pr...
02/25/2021
Untold American Stories— Black History Month:A Collaborative Program Project at Boston’s Mary Baker Eddy Library

While there won't be February School Vacation Week programming this year, please enjoy these highlights from our 2020 program series and our partnership with @SweetBlackberry, a nonprofit that brings little-known stories of Black American achievement to children everywhere. #ThrowbackThursday #BlackHistoryMonth @LatinAcademyBoston Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

Greetings all! My name is Marie Palladino, and I am a museum educator hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. I work at the Mary Baker Eddy Library , an archival library, and place-based learning site...

Give us this day our daily bread;Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections.--Mary Baker Eddy📷 Kseniya Ovchi...
02/24/2021

Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections.

--Mary Baker Eddy

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Get to know the story behind one of the first Black Americans listed as a practitioner of healing through prayer in Mary...
02/23/2021
Women of History: Marietta Webb | Mary Baker Eddy Library

Get to know the story behind one of the first Black Americans listed as a practitioner of healing through prayer in Mary Baker Eddy's monthly magazine, The Christian Science Journal. During her long lifetime (1864-1951), Marietta Webb worked steadily to address racial issues. #BlackHistoryMonth

Meet one of the first African Americans to be listed as a Christian Science healer.

02/19/2021
A Special Announcement from our Executive Director

Mary Baker Eddy’s home in Lynn, Massachusetts, where she finished writing “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” is now a National Historic Landmark. Listen to Longyear Museum’s Executive Director explain why the Lynn residence recently attained the highest level of recognition for a historic site in the U.S.

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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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