Preserving the Past. Inspiring the Present.

September 25, 2017

A high school visitor contemplates one of
the exhibits at 8 Broad Street.

Why Longyear?

After discovering that documents, artifacts, and eyewitness accounts from Mary Baker Eddy’s life were beginning to disappear, Mary Beecher Longyear made it her life’s work to find and preserve this important history. Thanks to her efforts and the museum she founded, letters, objects, reminiscences, and eight of Mrs. Eddy’s former residences will continue to help tell the story of the Discoverer, Founder, and Leader of Christian Science for generations to come.

Longyear’s annual operating expenditures for the past five years have averaged $3.9 million. Behind the numbers are skilled staff members, complex facilities, historic collections, exhibits, publications and films, computer systems, and organized, inspired teamwork — all with one objective: to help keep alive the understanding and appreciation of Mary Baker Eddy as the Discoverer, Founder, and Leader of Christian Science.

Membership dues provide for 2% of our annual operating needs. Annual donations, over and above membership dues, are vitally needed for us to continue our work.

We invite you to contribute to this work with a tax-deductible donation. Your gift ensures that we can properly staff the Museum, conduct research, accurately preserve the historic houses and collection, develop and run programs and tours, and write and produce engaging and inspiring films, website articles, newsletters, and books — all with the aim of helping to ensure that Mary Baker Eddy and all that she accomplished are never forgotten or marginalized.

Thank you so much, in advance, for supporting this important work.


Examining historic documents in the front parlor of Mary Baker Eddy’s home at 8 Broad Street in Lynn, Massachusetts.

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