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THE MARY BAKER EDDY HISTORIC HOUSE IN LYNN
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Mary Baker Eddy lived in Lynn at number 8 Broad Street from 1875 until 1882. The historic site has undergone a major restoration. This was the first home owned by Mary Baker Eddy; author, publisher, speaker, and healer where she finished writing and published the first edition of her primary work, "Science and Health," in 1875.

In 1907, Human Life magazine proclaimed Eddy "the most famous, interesting and powerful woman in America, if not the world, today." The house is maintained by the Longyear Museum, Brookline, Massachusetts. For more information about Mary Baker Eddie and visiting the historic house, please visit the Longyear website using the link below.

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The Mary Baker Eddy Monument In Lynn

Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy has rededicated the historic Mary Baker Eddy monument in Lynn, created by sculptor and Lynn native, Reno Pisano.

The tribute is in recognition of the 145 years that have passed since the discovery of Christian Science which was the result of Eddy’s healing from a critical fall on the ice at this site in 1866. The monument is located at the corner of Oxford and Market Street here in Lynn, Massachusetts.

The Mayor Kennedy's re-dedication ceremony is a timely reminder that this worldwide legacy of Mary Baker Eddy all began here in Lynn.

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The Lynn Reporter carried a short item about her condition in their February 3, 1866 edition. Not expected to survive, three days after the fall she was  healed while reading from her Bible. Her quest to understand how this recovery took place led her to the discovery of Christian Science. This event midway through her life became the turning point in her life-long search for health and a divinely scientific method of healing.

One hundred years ago when she passed away on Dec 3, 1910 at age 89, Mary Baker Eddy was a household name.  Hundreds of tributes appeared in newspapers around the world, including The Boston Globe, which wrote, “She did a wonderful—an extraordinary work in the world and there is no doubt that she was a powerful influence for good.”

In 1907 Human Life magazine proclaimed Eddy “the most famous, interesting and powerful woman in America , if not the world today.” Her legacy and ideas continue to make a profound mark today but her name and story have receded in public recognition.

Susan B. Anthony once publicly wrote in support of Eddy. Clara Barton in commenting on Christian Science in the New York American said “It is doing more in the world to-day, and will continue to as more people become cognizant of the beauty of its teachings, than any other one influence for good.” Even Mark Twain, a critic of Christian Science, confided, “When we do not know a person – and also when we do – we have to judge the size and nature of his achievements as compared with the achievements of others in his special line of business – there is no other way.  Measured by this standard, it is thirteen hundred years since the world has produced anyone who could reach up to Mrs. Eddy’s waistbelt.” He also commented, “In several ways she is the most interesting woman that ever lived, and the most extraordinary.” 

Lynn ’s legacy as the “City of Firsts ” was enriched as a result of Eddy’s groundbreaking accomplishments that began in Lynn . Here she struggled to share her discovery and be heard at a time when women could not vote and were generally barred from the pulpit, seminaries, and the medical profession. Her first healing works in Christian Science practice began in Lynn . She said “The Bible contains the recipe for all healing.” One included healing a little boy of club feet while with him on the Lynn shore. The beginnings of a new religion were born here as well as the first steps for forming a worldwide church. In Lynn , the first public address on Christian Science was delivered  May 23, 1875 by Eddy at Concert Hall on Market Street : “Christ Healing the Sick.”  In June the first Sunday services were held at Good Templars Hall. On January 31, 1881 she founded and received a charter for her Massachusetts Metaphysical College.

From her study of the Bible came her main work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which she completed and published in 1875 while living in Lynn at 8 Broad Street . Her home is now a historic stop on the Essex National Heritage Area trail. Philosopher Bronson Alcott wrote that her work had “the seal of inspiration.” In 1992 her book was named “one of 75 books by women whose words have changed the world” by the Women’s National Book Association.

In 1995 Eddy was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame for founding a “lasting American-based religion.”
Learn More The Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston

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