Behind the Platform of the Church, and following the corridor from the Board Room to the Mary Baker Eddy Room, there is this display of important historical details in our church’s history.

 

THE MARY BAKER EDDY ROOM

At the south end of the corridor leading from the Board Room is The Mary Baker Eddy Room.  The corridor leads from the Board Room, past the rooms for the organist and soloist and each of the Readers.  

It has been corroborated from The Mary Baker Eddy Library that there is a letter from Mrs. Eddy to the members of the Concord church that she did not want this room to be called “Mother’s Room” but was to be called the “Mary Baker Eddy Room.”  It was built and furnished especially for Mrs. Eddy’s use with an entrance from outside directly into the room from the west side.  Originally the walls were papered a shade of green to match the upholstery. 

The barrel-vaulted coffered ceiling is lighted indirectly, which was a new and unique method of lighting for its time (1904).  The molding below the indirect lighting and around the windows and doors is an egg and dart motif. For photographs of this barrel-vaulted coffered ceiling, (before and after restoration) see the page 2016 Projects Completed, a subheading of Preservation above.

 

The bookcase was given to Mrs. Eddy to hold the bound volumes of her writings.  A letter, dated July 16, 1904, found in one of the books, described the book binding quality by the Boston Bookbinding Co. of Cambridge, under the supervision of Norman H. White, an authority on fine bookbinding throughout the world in all ages.

To First Church of Christ, Scientist, New London, Connecticut

Beloved Brethren: — I am for the first time informed of your gift to me of a beautiful cabinet, costing one hundred and seventy-five dollars, for my books, placed in my room at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Concord, N.H. Accept my deep thanks therefor, and especially for the self-sacrifice it may have cost the dear donors.                       First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany 166:25-30 

The desk is handmade of East India mahogany.

Daughter of Zion 

This hand-lettered Daughter of Zion plaque originally hung over the door of the Reading Room in Christian Science Hall.

Busy Bees

The Busy Bees Beehive is located under the large Bible encased in glass on the north wall of this room.  Here is a reference to a similar Busy Bees Beehive in The Mother Church: “The money for building “Mother’s Room” came from the dear children of Christian Scientists; a little band called Busy Bees, organized by Miss Maurine R. Campbell.” (The First Church of Christ, Scientist and Miscellany, p. 144).  The Busy Bees were granted permission by Mrs. Eddy to use the remaining money to furnish the room in the Concord Church.  When deciding about the style and material of the beehive, Miss Campbell opened her Bible to Exodus 28:9, which reads, “And thou shalt take two onyx stones and engrave in them the names of the children.” This brought about her decision to have the beehive made of onyx.  Circles containing the names of the children are locked in the beehive.

 

This gilded table with the onyx top was a gift from the New York City church members.  Until just recently it had a large bible on it and this bible was in this room when the church was dedicated in 1904.

Table

 

Electrolier Lamp

This electrolier floor lamp is called “Fruitage,” was made in Italy, is symbolic of the last chapter of Science and Health, and was a gift to Mrs. Eddy from one of her students.  It could also be called “The Lady with a Lamp,” which was the symbol on the early Christian Science periodicals.

 

 

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