In this episode we’ll listen to excerpts from the Library’s 2014 program “Truth and Consequences: Biographies of Mary Baker Eddy,” featuring answers from our senior research staff to questions that listeners asked. We’ll hear how the two earliest biographies on Eddy present very different views. Discussion also covers the evolution of additional scholarly biographies. How have they led to a more realistic and accessible understanding of Eddy? And how do the Library’s resources support continued research into her story—and its significance?

In this episode, we reference content found on the Library’s website. Here are links to those resources:


Podcast guests

Judy HuennekeJudy Huenneke is the Library’s Senior Research Archivist. She graduated from the School of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University. She also completed a second master’s in history at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, with a thesis on Louisiana slave owner, colonizationist, and reformer John McDonogh. Her work currently focuses on researching the history of the Christian Science movement, from its nineteenth-century beginnings to the present day.

Mike DavisMike Davis, an Ohio native, has worked for over 30 years with the various historical collections now housed in The Mary Baker Eddy Library. He holds a Master’s degree in Library Science from San Jose State University. He has given numerous talks on the history of Christian Science and is the author of several historical articles published in Christian Science periodicals. His current work is with the Mary Baker Eddy Papers, an ongoing effort to annotate Eddy’s correspondence and contextualize them through historical essays.


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