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HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Terre Haute, Indiana, was organized on March 23, 1902, with twenty-four charter members. The first public services were held in rooms in the Swope Block at Seventh and Ohio Streets. Looking toward the erection of a church edifice, a lot was purchased in 1913. This was sold in June, 1919, and the present location was bought December 27, 1918. The first public service was held in the Sunday School room of the Church edifice on the first Sunday in November, 1921, and the first session of the Sunday School on the same date. The church edifice was completed and the first service was held in the auditorium on Sunday, May 11, 1930. Three services, morning, afternoon, and evening were held, that all who desired to attend might have the opportunity. The cost of the original property, including grounds, building, organ, furniture, etc., was $165,000.

The first Christian Science lecture delivered in the city was given by Judge Ewing in the fall of 1900, and the first lecture in the church edifice was given by Mr. Arthur deCamp on May 13, 1930. During the year 1946 the church indebtedness was completely liquidated, and the church was formally dedicated at the regular morning service on Sunday, January 19, 1947. At this service a brief history of the church was read by the First Reader. The church edifice was destroyed by fire November 2, 1981, and a new structure was erected at the same location. Approximate cost of the new church building, organ and furnishings was $506,000. The first service in the new constructed church edifice was held on Easter Sunday, April 3, 1983. Morning and afternoon dedication services of the new structure and an afternoon lecture were on Sunday, September 11, 1983. The Reading Room was moved from its location at 623 Cherry Street to be incorporated into the Church / Sunday School as of May 1, 2002.

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