First Church of Christ Scientist

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First Church of Christ Scientist

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Although they had been meeting in private homes since 1899, the first regular meetings of the First Church of Christ Scientist were held in 1902 in a room in the Union Block ( now the Elks Building on Washington Street. In 1913 they acquired the old Brown-Shackley estate at 604 Central Avenue, their present quarters. The Christian Science Church is a branch of the “Mother” church in Boston, established by Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy in 1879. As is their custom, the church operates a public Reading Room, located at 105 Washington Street.
        From “Dover, New Hampshire 350th Anniversary Commemorative Book 1623-1973”, 1973


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