What was it like to work in Mary Baker Eddy’s household? This new series takes a look at some of the men and women who served at her home in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Throughout 2016, new articles will be added, and each article will also include an audio version. See what's already been published below!

Articles

Elizabeth Kelly: "As though I were working in my own mother's home."

January 18, 2016

There were just 20 passengers aboard “the Eddy special,” as the Boston Post dubbed the chartered train carrying Mary Baker Eddy and her household from Concord, New Hampshire, to the outskirts of Boston on a January afternoon in 1908. The move had been in the works for months...   Continued

Nellie Eveleth: "There's Sweetness in Remembrance."

February 22, 2016

“Miss Eveleth, the dressmaker … is probably 50, white hair, Bostonese, quite capable and has her hands full with new gowns, changing old ones and making extensive alterations to bring out the desired effect.” With this vivid description, Nellie M. Eveleth makes a brief but memorable cameo in...   Continued

House and Grounds: Brightening Their Leader's Pathway

March 25, 2016

“John, dear, I am thinking of moving to Brookline,” Mary Baker Eddy confided to her trusted groundskeeper and handyman John Salchow in June 1907. She went on to ask if he would be willing to move with her, adding “because if you will not go with me, I will not go at all.”   Continued

Feeding a Multitude, Part I

July 6, 2016

It was a rare day at 400 Beacon Street that didn’t begin with homemade doughnuts. The aroma would have wafted down the hall from the kitchen, winding its way up the back stairs of the large gray stone house in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, where Mary Baker Eddy and her staff were preparing for the morning.   Continued

Feeding a Multitude, Part II

July 18, 2016

Chief amongst Miss Weygandt’s treasures was an 1871 edition of “The Young Housekeeper’s Friend” that had been a gift from Mary Baker Eddy. Well-worn and peppered with marginal notations in Mrs. Eddy’s handwriting, Minnie assumed it was the one she had used while “keeping house on Broad Street” in Lynn.   Continued

 

Members-only Articles

A Grandmother's Love

Aug. 29, 2016

On July 16, 1910, Mrs. Eddy's grandsons paid her a call to commemorate her 89th birthday. Some two decades in the making, the visit sheds light on an aspect of Mrs. Eddy’s life that is often overlooked — her role as a grandmother.   Continued

The Secretaries

Nov. 21, 2016

The secretaries who served in Mrs. Eddy's household were seasoned Christian Scientists. While the number and makeup of the secretarial staff varied occasionally, there were four who maintained a steady presence during the Chestnut Hill years: Calvin Frye, Irving Tomlinson, Adam Dickey, and William Rathvon.   Continued

A "joyful noise": Music at 400 Beacon Street

Jan. 23, 2017

Throughout her life, music was by all accounts dear to Mrs. Eddy’s heart, and just as her writings abound with musical imagery, so her household at 400 Beacon Street often rang with harmonies both vocal and instrumental.   Continued