Major Donation of Original Furniture

In case you missed our announcement in last fall’s Report to Members, Longyear received nearly 150 pieces of original furniture from Mary Baker Eddy’s last home at 400 Beacon Street in Chestnut Hill. This generous donation came from The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. The furniture was delivered over a series of days last August.

For more on this gift, see the Message from the Longyear Board of Trustees in the Fall/Winter 2016 Report to Members. 

Below, enjoy photos from the move!

The Longyear Portrait Gallery acted as a staging area for the furniture before it was moved into storage.
Each piece was documented and inventoried.
This wicker rocking chair was made for Mrs. Eddy by grateful inmates at the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord.
The chair’s cross and crown emblem is a standout feature.
Longyear’s Curator of Collections Cheryl P. Moneyhun helps prepare a piece for storage.
Longyear’s Collections Manager Leslie Vollnogle demonstrates how this Murphy bed works.
This Derby roll top desk, used by Mrs. Eddy’s secretary Calvin Frye, was one of the larger pieces to reassemble.
A trunk monogrammed with Mary Baker Eddy’s initials.
Another monogrammed trunk.
Trunks and chairs galore! The furniture is safely stored at the Museum, and will eventually be moved into its original home at 400 Beacon Street.


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