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This is Woman's Hour...The Life of Mary Baker Eddy

Image of Mary Baker EddyFrom April 1 through July 2, 2000, the Museum of New Hampshire History hosted a traveling exhibition on Mary Baker Eddy, the remarkable New Hampshire woman who founded the Christian Science Church and became a noted healer, thinker, and doer.

Thanks to Our Sponsor

The museum's presentation of This Is Woman's Hour…The Life of Mary Baker Eddy was sponsored by PC Connections. The travelling exhibition was originally presented in Seneca Falls, NY, at the Women's Rights National Historical Park in 1998 commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848.

A Woman Whose Words Changed the World

With growing interest in women's studies and in spirituality, This Is Woman's Hour…The Life of Mary Baker Eddy offered visitors a chance to explore the accomplishments of a woman who became a prominent thinker and writer and founded the Christian Science Church. In 1999 Eddy was recognized by the National Foundation for Women Legislators "for her contribution to fair and balanced journalism." She is the author of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, a book voted by the Women's National Book Association as "one of 75 books by women whose words have changed the world." In 1995 Eddy was honored with a place in the National Women's Hall of Fame for making "an indelible mark on society, religion, and journalism."

Mary Baker Eddy - An Inspiring Life

Mary Baker Eddy was born in Bow, NH, and lived for a time in Concord. Chronically ill from childhood, Eddy searched for alternatives in medical care. At the same time she deepened her study of the Bible for its promises of comfort and healing. Recovering from a life-threatening accident in 1866, she experienced healing while studying the Bible. Following her healing, she spent the next 44 years sharing her discoveries. She tested her ideas and shared them through writing, lecturing, and teaching. Eddy questioned the traditional roles reserved for women in 19th-century America. Her writings expound on her vision of equality of men and women and recognize the mothering as well as fathering qualities of God. She founded the Christian Science Church; established a college in Boston to teach her system of healing; and published books, magazines, and The Christian Science Monitor newspaper. The achievements of this independent woman remain an inspiration today. This exhibition was a fitting tribute to Mary Baker Eddy and a refreshing reminder of the saga of women's suffrage in the United States.

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