Portrait Gallery Opening

Longyear Museum unveiled a new exhibit in the Portrait Gallery this past weekend! Friday night’s opening of “Love, loyalty, and good works” — The Pleasant View Years drew over one hundred and fifty members and guests to celebrate with a special evening of themed events.

The exhibit looks at the fruitful years that Mary Baker Eddy spent at her beloved country home in Concord, New Hampshire, where she directed the growth of her Church and, with the aid of household workers and faithful students near and far, oversaw landmark steps for the Christian Science movement.

After introductory remarks by President and Executive Director Sandy Houston, guests were handed maps that led to half a dozen stations throughout the Museum that highlighted the Pleasant View years. They could watch a film clip about Mrs. Eddy’s daily routine, take a close look at one of her carriages, examine artifacts from Longyear’s collection, hear music of the era, sample typical 19th-century desserts, and more.

Recent acquisitions to the collection, including a rowboat that was a gift from students in Toronto and a desk and chair from Mrs. Eddy’s Pleasant View study, are featured in the new exhibit, which is now open to the public. We hope you’ll come visit soon — we’d love to show you around!

Artifacts from Longyear’s collection, including a section of fence from Pleasant View, were on display in the lobby.
Mrs. Eddy’s desk and chair from Pleasant View, a recent gift from The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, grace a corner of the new exhibit.
This St. Lawrence skiff was given to Mrs. Eddy from the Christian Science church in Toronto for use on her pond at Pleasant View. It was recently donated to Longyear by The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston.
Guessing the purpose of everyday Victorian objects was a big hit!
Visitors enjoyed a close-up look at Mrs. Eddy’s carriage, a recent gift from The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston.

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