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A big yellow autobus drew up at Number One, Norway Street. Out of it came children. Hopping, skipping, or walking sedately, some hand in hand, their faces expressing joy, they turned in at the entrance of The Christian Science Publishing House, and the smiling teachers followed. One surmised that it was the Mapparium that had drawn them. How the guides were to handle these youngsters and their teachers was something to ponder, and one could but wish that he too could slip into the Mapparium, and hear the questions and interested comments.

After the newspapers announced this wonderful educational feature of the new building which was opened on May 31, this year, many strangers began coming, and busses began rolling up to the door filled with pupils from various schools. On June 1, thirty-two pupils and two teachers came from Newburyport. On June 4 and 6, pupils came from a Somerville grade school and from the Junior High. Babson's school at Wellesley sent a delegation; and from a Waltham school, the Quincy and North Quincy High Schools, the Newton High and Trade Schools, the High School at Vinal Haven, Maine, and from other schools, came young visitors on days throughout June. From farther away came the Teachers College students of Greenville, North Carolina, one hundred and sixty of them, with their teachers.

Over fifty teachers from convention held at Wentworth Institute, in Boston, visited the Publishing House. When the Librarians' Association met in Boston on June 13, one hundred and forty-four of those present viewed the entire building and two hundred examined the Mapparium.

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The Lectures
September 14, 1935

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