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February 5, 2004

Mary Baker Eddy exhibit at Odegaard

The exhibit, “This is woman’s hour…” – The Life of Mary Baker Eddy, is on display on the second floor of  Odegaard Library through March 30.


“This is woman’s hour…” is a multimedia display that highlights the story of Mary Baker Eddy, a 19th-century reformer, who rose above personal battles with illness and 19th-century society’s restrictions on women to become a noted author, healer, teacher and publisher, founding The Christian Science Monitor at age 87. 


Interactive listening stations, videos, news clippings and historic photographs combine to tell Eddy’s story.


The exhibit was prepared by The Writings of Mary Baker Eddy, a Boston-based organization, in conjunction with the National Park Service.  It was featured as an “untold story” at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1998 and has been on tour since. 


Eddy’s bestselling work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, discusses healing and the relationship between spirituality and health.  The book has sold more than 10 million copies. 


“Response to the national tour has been extraordinary,” said Virginia Harris, publisher of The Writings of Mary Baker Eddy and chairman of The Christian Science Board of Directors.  “It confirms today’s increasing public interest in the untold stories of America’s women of accomplishment.”


In Boston, The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity recently opened.  The Library houses one of the largest collections by and about an American woman, including thousands of published and unpublished writings, artifacts, photographs, and other media that chronicle Mary Baker Eddy’s ideas, life and achievements.  For more information, search online at www.marybakereddylibrary.org.