'A place for thinkers is now open!'

Last Month , the United Stages Congress unanimously passed a joint resolution commending Mary Baker Eddy for her outstanding contributions as a "public figure and role model in the early stages of the women's rights movement," and recognizing the establishment of the new Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity, which opened September 29 in Boston.

In a letter to the Library's Board of Trustees, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who had sponsored the resolution in the Senate, spoke of the Library as an extraordinary achievement. "I can think of no more important hour than the present to be providing a place where individuals can find common ground and explore the ideas that inspire us to reach our highest level of achievement," said Kennedy.

Speaking at the opening ceremony in the Library's Hall of Ideas, Virginia Harris, Chairman of the Library Board of Trustees, said that, as a woman of the 19th century, Mary Baker Eddy was limited in what she could learn, earn, own, and attempt. "This daughter of New England, had only her ideas and her God in which to place her trust. But that was enough. Her ideas and her God carried her to the forefront of human achievement as a pioneering thinker, author, publisher, and Founder of a worldwide movement, a college, a Church, and a newspaper that has since won seven Pulitzer Prizes."

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October 21, 2002

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