Following is the summary of the early history of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Concord, NH, from The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, and as told in the inspired biography, Twelve Years With Mary Baker Eddy,” Amplified Edition, by Irving C. Tomlinson.

My Dear Editors: — You are by this time acquainted with the small item that in October, 1897, I proposed to one of Concord’s best builders the plan for Christian Science Hall in Concord, N.H. 

…And now, at this distant day, I have provided for you a modest hall, in which to assemble as a sort of Christian Science kindergarten for teaching the “new tongue” of the gospel with “signs following,” of which St. Mark prophesies.

I have purchased a pleasant place for you, and prepared for your use work-rooms and a little hall, which are already dedicated to Christ’s service, since Christian Scientists never stop ceremoniously to dedicate halls. 

                            The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, 147:8-12, 22-25

Christian Science Hall Interior

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Remodeling

“Mrs. Eddy often spoke of her experience in supervising the remodeling of the colonial mansion in Concord, which she gave to the Concord Scientists as their first church home. After discussing her plan for remodeling the house with one of Concord’s best builders, she engaged him to carry on the work. She wrote of this experience:

“He drew the plan, showed it to me, and I accepted it. From that time, October 29, 1897, until the remodelling of the house was finished, I inspected the work every day, suggested the details out­side and inside from the foundations to the tower, and saw them carried out. One day the carpenters’ foreman said to me: “I want to be let off for a few days. I do not feel able to keep about. I am feeling an old ailment my mother had.” I healed him on the spot. He remained at work, and the next morning said to Mr. George H. Moore of Concord, ‘I am as well as I ever was.’”

                                      The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, 145:1-13

Love for the little flock

“May this dear little church, nestled so near my heart and native hills, be steadfast in Christ, always abounding in love and good works, having unfaltering faith in the prophecies, promises, and proofs of Holy Writ.”  (from the First Annual Meeting, January 11, 1900)

                                           The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, 155:4-7

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Last Class Taught

 Christian Science Hall will ever occupy a sacred spot in the memory of Christian Scientists who value familiar landmarks in the history of the movement, for it was in this little sanctum that Mrs. Eddy taught her last class in 1898. And it was here, on occasions, that she met members of her Boston church. Over the entrance of the hall, Mrs. Eddy had directed that the following verse be inscribed, which she selected from an old hymn:

Daughter of Zion, awake from thy sadness,

Awake! for thy foes shall oppress thee no more!

Bright o’er the hills dawns the day‑star of gladness,

Arise! for the night of thy sorrow is o’er.

                                                                                               Tomlinson, p. 151-152

This is now in “Our Leader’s Room” in the church.

This quotation is form an old hymn, believed to be of American origin and was especially loved by Mrs. Eddy.  The hymn was sent for use in the revised Christian Science Hymnal by a member of Mrs. Eddy’s household, the wording being slightly changed to suit the music which was written by E. N. Greenwood.  This framed illuminated first two lines of verse originally hung in the Reading Room in Christian Science Hall at the request of Mrs. Eddy that “it be hung where all who enter may see and read.”  Mrs. Eddy referred to her Church in her message to the Annual Meeting of The Mother Church in 1896 where she writes, “God hath indeed smiled on my church, this daughter of Zion.”

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Address by Mary Baker Eddy

That she never lost her great gift of eloquence in after years I am able to testify, for it was my privilege on February 26, 1898, to hear Mrs. Eddy deliver a remark­ably inspiring address in Christian Science Hall, Concord, New Hampshire. At her invitation, a party of First Members of The Mother Church, nearly forty of us in number, were present in the attractive audience room of Christian Science Hall. Every inch of standing room on this historic occasion was taken and many were turned away.

After the preliminary exercises were conducted by the First Reader, Mr. Ezra M. Buswell, C. S. D., Mrs. Eddy appeared. As she entered the hall the entire audience by common impulse arose and remained standing until she had taken her place. At that date Mrs. Eddy was in her seventy‑seventh year, yet except for her white hair there was no trace of age in her appearance, manner, gesture, or voice. The Concord Evening Monitor of February 27, 1898, in its account said, “Mrs. Eddy ap­peared at her best, as sprightly and energetic as a young woman.” 

She took the ninety‑first Psalm as the subject of her address, reading the Scriptures without glasses. Speaking for three quarters of an hour, with neither manuscript nor notes, she appeared as free as though giving an address was to her an everyday occurrence. Her voice was reso­nant, beautifully modulated. She gave to every word its proper value and to every thought the right inflection. Her manner of presentation was so natural, so unaffected, that the attention of her auditors remained wholly on the message and not at all upon the messenger who gave it.

The words she chose were as simple and direct as was the manner of her delivery. Although she never hesitated to make use of an apt illustration or a pertinent story to point a moral or to enhance the effectiveness of her mes­sage, there was no flowery rhetoric.

It is regrettable that there is no adequate report of this inspiring discourse.

Tomlinson, p. 177-178

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