Every fall, The Mary Baker Eddy Library hosts an event for fellow employees of The Mother Church (The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston). We’ve come to call it the Archives Open House. This one-day exhibit, held during National Archives Month in the United States, gives colleagues the opportunity to get up-close to the history of their organization—a history that the Library helps to preserve. Library employees choose “staff favorites” from the archives that speak to them. The result is a potpourri of artifacts on display, reflecting many different dimensions of Christian Science church history. The objects come in all different shapes, sizes, and formats. This podcast episode brings you inside the October 2022 open house. You’ll hear from staffers who selected items for display, as well as attendees who responded to what they encountered at the event.

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All of this month’s guests are staff members at The Mary Baker Eddy Library. In order of appearance:


Alison Kobierski Manager, Records Management and Special Collections


Allyson Lazar Senior Manager, Research & Collections 


Dan Bullman Digital and Photo Collections Archivist


Jennifer DiPersio Assistant Records Analyst


Rivi Feinsilber Assistant Archivist


Tom Kliewer Research Associate


Meredith Telschow Assistant Registrar/Collections Specialist

Gallery: Artifacts discussed in this episode

All photos were taken at the Archives Open House on October 20, 2022. For more information about any of the items shown here, write to us using our Contact Us form.

Character-defining elements from The Mother Church (clockwise from bottom center): metal pipes from the solo section of the 1952 Aeolian-Skinner organ in The Mother Church Extension; wooden pipes, part of the Harmonia Aetheria, from the original 1906 Hook and Hastings organ in The Mother Church Extension; collection bag used for Mother Church services, undated; and flame-shaped torch globe from The Mother Church Original, undated.

Photograph of Gordon Converse (left) and William H. Stringer (right), during their 1958 tour of Egypt. Photo by Gordon Converse, © The Christian Science Monitor.

Turkey feather fan, circa 1900.

Report from John H. Hoagland, manager of The Christian Science Publishing Society, to Viola S. May, manager of the Book Department, 9 November 1956.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, interleaved edition, 1940.

Copy of an original photograph showing Adam and Lillian Dickey with Queen Liliuokalani, 1915.
Pony Premo No. 6 leather view camera and leather case, owned by Calvin Frye, undated. Photograph of Mary Baker Eddy in her study at Pleasant View, circa 1892–1908. Taken by Calvin Frye, © The Christian Science Board of Directors.
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