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A unique Seattle history showing Reverend Mary Baker Eddy's influence. Nonfiction narrative about the people who built some of Seattle's most iconic architectural landmarks. A 130-year journey, a true story of cooperation, innovation, and transformation, read by author Cindy Safronoff.

Dedication: A Centennial Story Cindy Safronoff

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    • 4.6 • 13 Ratings

A unique Seattle history showing Reverend Mary Baker Eddy's influence. Nonfiction narrative about the people who built some of Seattle's most iconic architectural landmarks. A 130-year journey, a true story of cooperation, innovation, and transformation, read by author Cindy Safronoff.

    26. Influence and Inspiration (1918)

    26. Influence and Inspiration (1918)

    Mr. Orison “O.J.C.” Dutton, Board Chair and President of Third Church of Christ, Scientist, Seattle, prepares for church building and operates a Christian Science Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Hospitality Club in the midst of world war and 1918 pandemic. Takes place at a rented hall in the University National Bank Building at NE 45th Street and University Way NE and at Dutton’s hospitality club at Fourth Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle. Dr. H. Walton Hubbard gives up his successful medical practice to become a Christian Science practitioner, teacher, and lecturer, following the footsteps of Dr. Francis J. Fluno, Dr. Abraham A. Sulcer, and Dr. John M. Tutt. Christian Scientists work at emergency hospitals at Fort George Wright in Spokane, Washington, the Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, Illinois, Camp Mills Army base in Mineola, New York, Portsmouth Naval Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia. The Christian Science Monitor publishes an editorial opposed to bans on church services. The Des Moines, Iowa, public health committee speaks out in support of Christian Scientists at Camp Dodge. Mr. Harry P. Hitchcock goes to jail in Los Angeles. Ms. Maude M. Greene gains new insights in Mary Baker Eddy's spiritual definition of church. Catholic Rev. Edward J. O'Dea and Presbyterian Rev. Dr. Mark A. Matthews plan open-air church services. The Christian Science Sentinel publishes healings of Spanish flu and mortality rate statistics comparing Christian Science treatment and medical care. At Easter 1919, new Christian Science churches are dedicated in Rockford, Illinois, and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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    Black History Month Bonus - Central Area Reading Room (1970)

    Black History Month Bonus - Central Area Reading Room (1970)

    In 1970, Mr. Milton Simons and Mrs. Martha W. Smith establish a Christian Science Reading Room in Seattle’s traditionally Afro-American district, the Central Area, with the support of the area Churches of Christ, Scientist. Takes place at 1134 34th Avenue East in Seattle, with inciting events at The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston. Special mention of branch churches in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Los Angeles, California; Houston, Texas; and events in Little Rock, Arkansas. Also includes mention of Marietta Thomas Webb, Lulu M. Knight, Melba Pattillo Beals, Major Robert H. Lawrence, and Lt. Col. Guison S. Bluford Jr. 
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    • 1 hr
    48. Afterword (2019)

    48. Afterword (2019)

    Author Cindy Safronoff reflects on Part 1 of "Dedication: A Centennial Story."
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    • 10 min
    47. Christian Science Teacher (1929)

    47. Christian Science Teacher (1929)

    Mr. Allen H. Armstrong's support of the Christian Science movement in Seattle ends. Includes discussion of the three downtown Christian Science professional centers: the Empire Building on Second Avenue, the Shafer Building at Sixth Avenue and Pine Street, and the Joshua Green Building at Fourth Avenue and Pike Street. Also, the three joint downtown reading rooms: the Empire Building, the Shafer Building, and the Maynard Building at First Avenue South and Washington Street. Judge Thomas Burke gets a memorial at Volunteer Park.
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    • 19 min
    46. Architect (1925)

    46. Architect (1925)

    Mr. Oscar Marcus "O.M." Kulien becomes the new Building Committee chair for Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist, Seattle. Mr. Harlan Thomas, architect, gets involved. Mr. Charles W. Carkeek wins the construction contract.
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    • 18 min
    45. The Lot (1924)

    45. The Lot (1924)

    The members of Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist, Seattle, in Queen Anne, reconsider the location for their church.
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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

A History of Pandemics ,

History comes alive here!

Who knew that a small niche of history would come to life in such a deliciously educational and compelling way. Cindy's work re-creates people and purpose in a carefully recorded and lovingly narrated series of stories well worth visiting again and again. You'll hear something different each time and broaden your understanding of society.

-kristo- ,

revelatory microhistory...

this is excellent microhistory a la Carlo Ginzburg... and such an interesting look into a place and time when community worship was a serious priority and an integral part of American culture... meticulously researched and presented with a subtle emphasis on the humanity and motivation of everyone involved... this podcast is an obvious work of love...

David Wayne Reynolds ,

“Dedication” is clear! And compelling!

If you are interested in history, and in stories (isn’t that what history is?), you will find this podcast to be a goldmine of listening pleasure! Podcast host Cindy Safronoff has woven together compelling narratives that highlight not only some of the foundations of her faith, but the challenges, art, architecture, and social issues of the Seattle area, spanning more than one hundred years. Bonus - Cindy has one of the best podcast voices you will ever hear! Masterfully recorded.

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