Places in history

In July I was in Kansas City, and made it a point to visit the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri. It was fascinating to see the power with which this place brought into focus the story of an American president: how a man of modest means and humble beginnings—honesty perhaps his most-prized value—found himself thrust into a position of great political influence.

Much more than a collection of books and papers, the library explains Truman's place in history. Whether or not visitors agree with his politics, they come away with a perspective on the forces that came together throughout his life to shape his actions at home and abroad—the GI Bill, the Marshall Plan, the Berlin Airlift, NATO.

This issue of the Sentinel recognizes the opening on September 27 of a new library with a similar purpose, The Mary Baker Eddy Library for the Betterment of Humanity in Boston. It will focus on how a woman of modest means and humble beginnings—love most certainly her most-prized value—found herself thrust into a position of great spiritual influence. And whether or not visitors agree with the theology Mary Baker Eddy articulated, the Library will show them a great deal about the events that came together to reveal Christian Science to her— and her response to that revelation.

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September 30, 2002

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