It’s Longyear’s 100th anniversary! Every Thursday, we’re bringing you important moments in the Museum’s history. Did you know that Mary Beecher Longyear’s collection began in 1910 with a spinning wheel that had belonged to Maryann Baker, Mary Baker Eddy’s paternal grandmother? In 1918, she invited Mary Eastaman, Ellen Clark, Janet Colman, and Julia Bartlett—the remaining “First Members” of The Mother Church—to her home and solicited their reminiscences of the earliest years of Christian Science. In the years that followed, she located letters, documents, photographs, and artifacts and also commissioned portraits of early workers (including the one shown here of Emma Shipman, C.S.B, an early Longyear trustee). After Mrs. Longyear’s passing, Longyear Museum opened to the public in 1937 in her 88-room mansion in Brookline, Massachusetts.