This painting is hanging in the State House, Concord, New Hampshire

 

Mary Baker Eddy was born in Bow, NH, six miles from Concord.

The Baker Homestead, Bow, NH

To First Congregational Church

Beloved Brethren: — I have the pleasure of thanking you for your kind invitation to attend the one hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary of our time-honored First Congregational Church in Concord, N. H., where my parents first offered me to Christ in infant baptism. For nearly forty years and until I had a church of my own, I was a member of the Congregational Church in
Tilton, N. H.

First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany 174:12-24

Harvest

Because of the magnitude of their spiritual import, we repeat the signs of these times. In 1905, the First Congregational Church, my first religious home in this capital city of Concord,  N. H., kindly invited me to its one hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary; the leading editors and newspapers of my native State congratulate me; the records of my ancestry attest honesty and valor. Divine Love, nearer my consciousness than before, saith: I am rewarding your waiting, and “thy people shall be my people.”  

First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany 270:5

 

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North State Street House

Mrs. Eddy lived in this house on North State Street from 1889 to 1892.  She left Boston for the purpose of revising Science and Health and published the 50th edition in 1891.  Later in 1891, she wrote Retrospection and Introspection, her autobiography.

Recently, Longyear Museum, who owns this home, painted it to be as it was when Mrs. Eddy lived there.  They actually lightened the color from what it originally had been because it was an even deeper color.  The museum also has refurnished it with period furniture as closely as possible to what it had been, using old photographs.  

For more information, contact Nancy Root, 603-225-3444.

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Pleasant View

While living at her “Pleasant View” home, 1892-1908, once on this site, Mrs. Eddy reorganized The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts, headquarters of the Christian Science movement.  From “Pleasant View” some six miles from her birthplace in Bow, she guided its worldwide activities and gained fame as a religious leader and writer.  The building erected on this site in 1927 served as a home for retired Christian Science practitioners and nurses until 1975.

This is her Pleasant View home.

On June 30, 1897, Mary Baker Eddy invited “one and all” to visit for the 5th of July:

Invitation to Concord, July 4, 1897

My Beloved Church: — I invite you, one and all, to Pleasant View, Concord, N. H., on July 5, at 12:30 P.M., if you would enjoy so long a trip for so small a purpose as simply seeing Mother.

                                                                                              With love, Mother,

                                                                                              Mary Baker Eddy

I am especially desirous that it should be understood that this was no festal occasion, no formal church ceremonial, but simply my acquiescence in the request of my church members that they might see the Leader of Christian Science.

                        The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, p. 169: 1-5, 170:1-5

Mrs. Eddy again invited many to visit her at Pleasant View in 1903 and addressed them from the back balcony facing the hillside fields and the pond below the house.

Address at Pleasant View, June, 1903

 

Beloved Brethren: — Welcome home!  To your home in my heart!  Welcome to Pleasant View, but not to varying views.  I would present a gift to you to-day, only that this gift is already yours. … This gift is a passage of Scripture; it is my sacred motto, and it reads thus: —

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.  Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.  And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”  

The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, 170: 11-15, 17-26

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THE CONCORD YEARS  

This is an annotated chronology of significant events in the life of Mary Baker Eddy during the years she lived in Concord, NH.

1889
Mary Baker Eddy settles in Concord, NH and lives in the North State Street house, until 1892 (three years).
Closes MA Metaphysical College and disorganizes church.

1890 
Publishes Christian Science Quarterly— Bible Lessons.

1891
Publishes landmark 50th edition of Science and Health.

A reordering of chapters, new chapter titles, and the addition of marginal headings makes this the first edition to contain many elements familiar to readers today.

Publishes Retrospection and Introspection.

1892
Church of Christ (Scientist) reorganizes as The First Church of Christ, Scientist.

Moves to “Pleasant View” home in Concord, NH, where she lives until 1908 (16 years) when she moves to Chestnut Hill. 

1893
Publishes Christ and Christmas.

1894
Ordains Bible and Science and Health as pastor of The Mother Church.

Construction of The Mother Church completed

1895
Ordains Bible and Science and Health as pastor in branch churches.

Publishes Pulpit and Press and Manual of The Mother Church.

1897  

Purchases the house on the corner of South State Street and School Street that she remodels for the first Christian Science services in Concord, NH – Christian Science Hall.  

Publishes Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896.

1898
Holds last class, the Class of 70, in Concord, NH, at Christian Science Hall, and establishes Board of Education.

Establishes The Christian Science Publishing Society, Board of Lectureship, and Committee on Publication.

Publishes Christian Science versus Pantheism.

First issue of Christian Science Weekly (later Christian Science Sentinel) is published.

1900
Publishes Message to The Mother Church for 1900.

1901
Publishes Message to The Mother Church for 1901.

1902

Donates half of her wealth, $100,000 for the building of a church edifice in Concord, NH

Adds “Fruitage” chapter to Science and Health.

226th edition included the introduction of line numbering

Publishes Message to The Mother Church for 1902.

1903

Lays the cornerstone for The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Concord, NH

First Herald of Christian Science: Der Christian Science Herold is published.

Published monthly and/or quarterly in 13 languages

Publishes a concordance to Science and Health.

1904

The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Concord, NH is dedicated.

Establishes Christian Science organizations for colleges and universities.

1906
The Mother Church Extension completed.

1907
“Next friends” suit brought against church officials.  Suit is unsuccessful.

1908
Moves to Chestnut Hill, MA.

Establishes The Christian Science Monitor.

From   www.marybakereddylibrary.org (with edits connected with Concord, NH)

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Mary Baker Eddy frequently traveled by horse-drawn carriage to town from Pleasant View.

This photo was taken by James Gilman in 1895.

MBE in carriage 27

Copyright of this detail is by E. Romer Studios, Wellesley, MA

This photo detail was a gift from the E. Romer Studios to a customer. 

Mary Baker Eddy loved the Concord community and did much for the city, only a couple being the paving of streets and giving shoes to many children.

The following is from Twelve Years With Mary Baker Eddy, Amplified Edition (1994), by Irving C. Tomlinson:

Concord Streets Paved

In 1889, when she first moved to Concord…the town boasted a few blocks of cobblestone in the business section as its only street paving.  … the city paving in 1908 consisted of about fifty blocks of well-constructed tarred macadam and concrete pavements.  Mrs. Eddy’s residence in Concord directly contributed to these improvements…

The main thoroughfares leading into the city were in such poor condition that in the spring of 1899, a farmer with a light load became stalled in the mire near the entrance to Pleasant View, and at times it was hardly safe for Mrs. Eddy to take her daily drive. … She started the fund for good roads by offering the Concord city government five thousand dollars, which she later increased to eight thousand, for the macadamizing of Pleasant Street.

By the summer of 1906, as a result of Mrs. Eddy’s initiative, additional improvements were made…  Mrs. Eddy wrote a letter to the citizens of Concord, published in the papers of June 21, 1906:

Our picturesque city greatly needs improved streets.  May I ask in behalf of the public this favor of our city government, namely: –to macadamize a portion of Warren street and …State street throughout?

Her appeal to the Concord citizens bore immediate fruit. An article in The Boston Herald of August 8, 1906 reported:

Through the suggestion of Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy…the capital city of the Granite state is to have, in the improvement of State street, one of the finest avenues in New Hampshire…

Tomlinson, p. 236-237

Greetings

Allow me to say to the good folk of Concord that the growth and prosperity of our city cheer me.

Our picturesque city, however, greatly needs improved streets. May I ask in behalf of the public this favor of our city government; namely, to macadamize a portion of Warren Street and to macadamize North State Street throughout?  

First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany 175:10-12, 17-21

Shoes for the Children

Her interest in the welfare of the children of Concord endeared her to many parents.  Learning of the lack of adequate footwear among the school children of the poor, she arranged for each child, whose parents were unable to supply the need, to be provided with a pair of winter shoes. On the day of the State Fair (1902) known as Children’s Day, all the children were admitted free of charge and Mrs. Eddy’s representative presented coupons, redeemable at the store of the merchant, to those children (205) who, after investigation, had been selected to receive them.  … So successful was the plan of distribution, and so great was the need, that she continued her gifts to the children of Concord for several years.     

Tomlinson, p. 244

Religious Freedom

Beloved Brethren: —   Allow me to send forth a paean of praise for the noble disposal of the legislative question as to the infringement of rights and privileges guaranteed to you by the laws of my native State. The constituted religious rights in New Hampshire will, I trust,
never be marred by the illegitimate claims of envy, jealousy, or persecution.

In our country the day of heathenism, illiberal views, or of an uncultivated understanding has passed. Freedom to worship God according to the dictates of enlightened conscience, and practical religion in agreement with the demand of our common Christ, the Holy One
of Israel, are forever the privileges of the people of my dear old New Hampshire. 

Lovingly yours,

Mary Baker Eddy

Box G, Brookline, Massachusetts,

April 12, 1909

First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany 167:22-9

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Mary Baker Eddy

Her Recognition as a Leader and the importance of her contribution

2006 – The Atlantic – 100 Most Influential Americans; list includes Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin . . . Mary Baker Eddy.

2002 – Religion and Ethics News Weekly – 25 most influential religious figures in the 20th Century; list includes Pope John Paul II, Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Theresa . . . Mary Baker Eddy.

2000 – “Weekend Australian Magazine” – 100 Millennium Women “who have made a lasting impression on the world.”

1995 – Mary Baker Eddy inducted into National Women’s Hall of Fame.

1994 – National Women’s Book Association – Science and Health – chosen as one of 75 books written by American women whose words have changed the world.

1976 – Life Magazine – Special Report – “Remarkable American Women from 1776-1976.”

1959 – McCalls Magazine – 34 most “Eminent Women” in history

1933 – Chicago Tribune – Nationwide poll of American Women – whom they regard as the 12 leaders of their sex in the last 100 years.

1908 – Académie française – Mary Baker Eddy was officially presented with a Diploma of Honor as an “Officier d’Académie” by the French government.

1903 – National Magazine rated MBE as “standing eighth in a list of twenty-two of the foremost living authors.”

1903 – Ladies Home Journal – 2-pg. feature article – “Mary Baker Eddy—whose name is known to thousands all over the civilized world.” 

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