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Full text of "1964-65 New York World's Fair Groundbreaking and Dedication Booklets"

APRIL 21, 1963 



CHRISTIAN 

SCIENCE 
PAVILION 



GROUNDBREAKING AT THE NEW YORK 
WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965 



Excerpts from transcription of remarks made by 
members of the Christian Science Church and 
World's Fair officials at the Christian Science 
Pavilion groundbreaking ceremonies, New York 
World's Fair, Sunday, April 21, 1963. 



RICHARD C. PATTERSON, JR. [Director of Pro- 
tocol]: Ladies and gentlemen, we are here today to take 
part in a very important groundbreaking ceremony. The 
pavilion which will rise on this site will serve to remind 
all of us that a large measure of America's success results 
from the religious freedom we enjoy. 

I should like first to present Mr. Hobson F. Miller, 
distinguished chairman of the Committee for Christian 
Science Activities at the World's Fair. 

HOBSON F. MILLER: Thank you. Ambassador. We 

will open this joyous occasion with a hymn. I shall read 

the first verse of that hymn and then we will be led by 

Mr. Richard Wrightson. 

"Thou whose almighty Word, chaos and darkness heard 

And took their flight, hear us, we humbly pray 

And where the Gospel-day sheds not its glorious raj . 

Let there be light." 



Friends, on behalf of the members of the executive 
committee for Christian Science Activities at the World's 
Fair, on behalf of the members of the various committees 
who have done so much to bring our objective to fruition, 
and on behalf of the World's Fair Corporation who so 
kindly provided this tent and these fine facilities — I 
greet you. 

Our participation in this World's Fair is in accord with 
the purpose of Christian Science, which is to heal the 
sick and elevate the race. Mary Baker Eddy, Discoverer 
and Founder of Christian Science, was so devoted to peace 
on earth and the brotherhood of man that she prayed 
daily for the pacification of all national difficulties, for 
the brotherhood of man, for the end of idolatry and 
infidelity, and for the growth and establishment of Chris- 
tianity. 

The Chicago World's Fair in 1893 included a Parlia- 
ment of Religion where an address on Christian Science 
written by Mrs. Eddy was read by Judge Septimus J. 
Hanna. Judge Hanna was introduced by a non-Christian 
Scientist, the Honorable Charles Carrol Bonney, president 
of the World's Congress Auxiliary, who once said in his 
remarks before that body: "No more striking manifesta- 
tion of the interposition of divine Providence in human 



Cover: The Christian Science Pavilion, designed by Edward Durell Stone, showing its seven-pointed star roof . The pavilion 
will be set in a pool with fountains interspersed. The separate building will house a reading room. 



)1963 New York World's Foir 1964-1965 Corporation 



affairs has come in recent years than that shown in the 
raising up of the body of people known as Christian 
Scientists, who are called to declare the real harmony 
between religion and science, and to restore the waning 
faith of many in the verities of the sacred Scriptures." 
That is also from "Miscellaneous Writings" by Mary- 
Baker Eddy. 

How prophetic was this statement! Today, the harmony 
between religion and science becomes more and more 
apparent. The great advances in space exploration hint 
the infinite nature of God's universe, but as Christ Jesus 
declared, "The kingdom of God is within you." That is 
in Luke. Therefore, the true universe is not to be found 
in space. While time and space may seem to separate men 
from each other, the speed of travel and communication 
brings them closer to each other, foretelling the recogni- 
tion of one universal family, or brotherhood. Christian 
Science is indeed opening men's minds to the real har- 
mony between religion and science, and is giving to the 
world the highest sense of science — spiritual Science, or 
Christ Science. 

The waning faith of many in the Scriptures, as Mr. 
Bonney put it, has been restored for millions by Christian 
Science. All sincere Christian Scientists read the King 
James Version of the Holy Scriptures daily, and it is a 
beacon to light their paths and govern their lives. An 
article in the "Christian Herald" some years ago stated 




Signalling the bulldozer driver to officially break ground for 
the start of the Christian Science Pavilion are: (left to right) 
Ralph E. Wagers, President of The Mother Church, The First 
Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Mass., Robert Moses, 
president of the Fair, Hobson F. Miller, chairman of the 
Christian Science Committee for the Fair and Edward Durell 
Stone, architect of the pavilion. 




CHRISTIAN 
SCIENCE 



Robert Moses, Fair president, presents the official World's 
Fair medal to Ralph E. Wagers, as Hobson F. Miller looks on. 



that because of Christian Science the Bible is more widely 
read than ever before. 

When we open the doors of this Christian Science- 
Pavilion, we will invite millions of people to come in 
and drink deeply of Jesus' refreshing invitation — "Come 
unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I 
will give you rest'" (Matthew). 

With the use of modern techniques in audio-visual 
presentation, visitors to this pavilion will be afforded con- 
vincing and documented evidence that countless thousands 
of persons obeying the teachings of the Master as ex- 
plained in Christian Science have found Jesus' promises 
applicable to all human needs today. 

In closing, it is fitting to be reminded that the daily 
sessions of the Religious Parliament in Chicago were 
opened by a Protestant clergyman using a prayer, from the 
pen of Mary Baker Eddy, known to every Christian Sci- 
entist as the Daily Prayer. 
" Thy kingdom come;' let the reign of divine Truth. 

Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of 

me all sin ; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of 

all mankind, and govern them!" 

It is my pleasure now to introduce to you the members 
of the executive committee: Mrs. Muriel Holland, Mr. 
Herman Schmidt, Mr. George Sweetser, Mr. John Young, 
and our working staff who have done a tremendous job: 
Mr. Gil Robinson, our general manager; Miss Jean Elsie 



Sanders, our administrative secretary; Miss Anni Sol- 
linger, Mr. Robinson's secretary; and Mrs. Mildred 
Miller, a volunteer worker who takes care of our books. 

RICHARD PATTERSON: Thank you, Mr. Miller. 
I was very much impressed by that. I'd like to present 
for a bow two of my colleagues in the World's Fair, Mr. 
William Berns and Mr. Allen Beach, who head extremely 
important departments in this huge organization. 

Ladies and gentlemen, may I now present the president 
of The Mother Church. The First Church of Christ, Scien- 
tist in Boston — Mr. Ralph E. Wagers. 

RALPH E. WAGERS: Good afternoon, my friends. 
The New York World's Fair, in which it is our pleasure 
to participate, must impress the world with the great 
possibilities of a free people dedicated to the task of 
bringing to the world the proof of an economy based 
upon the God-given rights of individuals to develop their 
talents and usefulness for the good of all. While the 
scientific achievement of men throughout the world 
during the past century has been nothing less than 
startling, the spiritual achievements of equally dedicated 
individuals are bringing the teachings of our great Master, 
Christ Jesus, out of the realm of doctrines and creeds into 
the realm of demonstrable divine Science. 

In this century, and in this country, there has appeared 
a dynamic interpretation of the Master's teachings — 
cast in the role of scientific Christianity. Mary Baker Eddy 



is widely recognized for the great service she has rendered 
to the cause of mankind in general, and of Christianity 
in particular. She states in her book "Miscellaneous Writ- 
ings" : "This age is reaching out towards the perfect 
Principle of all things; is pushing towards perfection in 
art, invention, and manufacture. Why then should religion 
be stereotyped, and we not obtain a more perfect and 
practical Christianity? It will never do to be behind the 
times in things most essential, which proceed from the 
standard of right that regulates human destiny. Human 
skill but foreshadows what is next to appear as its divine 
origin. Proportionately as we part with material, systems 
and theories, personal doctrines and dogmas, meekly to 
ascend the hill of Science, shall we reach the maximum 
of perfection in all things." 

It is fitting that Christian Science should take its place 
with other Christian churches in pointing out that this 
nation has attained, and will maintain, its greatness as it 
recognizes ever more clearly that a society can endure 
only as it is based upon an acknowledgment of the 
supremacy of God, Spirit, and His ever unfolding purpose 
for man. Thank you. 

RICHARD PATTERSON: And now I have the honor 
to present the administrative genius of the New York 
World's Fair, the Honorable Robert Moses. 

ROBERT MOSES: Ambassador Patterson, and friends. 
I'm sorry that Gene Taliaferro isn't here. He was one of 



the first of your group to talk to us about a Christian 
Science Pavilion, and I'm sure he's here in spirit. I am 
delighted that Ed Stone, one of the very great architects 
of our time, is here. 

It isn't the size of the pavilion, the amount of money 
that you spend on it, or the outward impression it makes 
that's important. We can't all have the resources of 
General Motors and Ford, and the gas and light industry 
— they are important, but some of these smaller things 
that embrace imagination, ingenuity, thought and the 
right kind of spirit, are fully as important and I am sure 
will attract just as much attention. 

Now you all know the idea behind the World's Fair. 
All world expositions, like the college shields, pray for 
truth and light; and all of them aim at peace. To use 
a rather humble and popular expression, we are aiming 
here at a sort of Olympics of Progress in the temper of 
the Olympic Games. We invite people from all over the 
world to come here, and bring their very best products. 
We tell them that it is going to be a fair and open com- 
petition of ideas, inventions and skills. Where foreign 
countries are concerned we are not particularly interested 
in ideologies — we can't be. We may disapprove of the 
ideologies of some of the exhibitors but that doesn't mean 
that we don't want them here. We want them to meet 
on common ground. 

As you know, the Olympics are not just athletics. They 



represent competition in all the arts, and that's what we're 
aiming at here: to have all people come here on equal 
terms, to meet here on common ground, to form new 
friendships. 

Now of course you know that we have states, the 
United States Government, the City of New York which 
is celebrating its 300th anniversary, and we have foreign 
countries — all represented here. 

We have industries, amusements, arts and we have 
religions. 

I have only one other thing to say, in addition to wel- 
coming you with open arms: We have a lot of exhibits 
here, a lot of pavilions, a lot of steel, stone, concrete and 
metal going up. On a certain date which we have fixed, 
and it's very soon, we are not going to spend any more 
time entertaining or listening to people who have other 
things to exhibit because we feel we have enough. There 
are some things that are in abeyance, things we think are 
important that may come in or drop by the wayside. For 
example, we want a Hall of Health — public health, 
medicine — I think we're going to get it. Otherwise we 
are satisfied with what we have, and we're going to devote 
the remaining space to greener)-, landscaping, trees, and 
shrubs. 

Now in your Christian Science Pavilion, you are going 
to have a place for people to come and rest and think 
and contemplate — we want that. We don't want this 



Fair to be only a place of noise and entertainment — we 
want it also to have greenery and landscaping, and we want 
to have places like the Christian Science Pavilion — where 
people can reflect on what they've seen, and give some 
thought to what we are attempting to do here. What we 
are attempting to do, of course, is to achieve the largest 
measure of international amity and friendship we can in 
this space age and cold war age. Thank you. 

HOBSON F. MILLER: We'll have a closing hymn 
which will be led by our very dear and generous friend, 
Mr. Wrightson, and concluding that, we'll have a benedic- 
tion by Mrs. Holland. The Hymn is #4l4 from the Chris- 
tian Science Hymnal. I will read the first verse only and the 
chorus. Let us carry this in our hearts forever. Expressed 
in this hymn is one of the reasons we are at the Fair. 
"I love to tell the story of unseen things above, 
Of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love, 
I love to tell the story because I know 'tis true. 
It satisfies my longing as nothing else can do. 
I love to tell the story, it is my theme in glory 
To tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love." 
BENEDICTION BY MRS. MURIEL N. HOLLAND: 
The benediction is from Ephesians. "Now unto him that 
is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we 
ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 
unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus through- 
out all ages, world without end. Amen." 




COMMITTEE FOR CHRISTIAN SCIENCE ACTIVITIES AT THE NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 

HOBSON F. MILLER, Chairman 

HERMAN J. SCHMIDT, Vice Chairman 

FRED M. von ECK, Treasurer 

WILLIAM H. ALTON 

MRS. MURIEL NELLIS HOLLAND 

GEORGE T. SWEETSER 

JOHN ORR YOUNG 



NEW YORK 




WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965 CORPORATION 
Flushing 52, N. Y. Tel. 212-WF 4-1964 

ROBERT MOSES, President 

THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of the Executive Committee 

WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Vice President 

CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations 

WILLIAM BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations 

ERWIN WITT, Comptroller 

MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section 

GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority) Transportation Section 

ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretary of the Corporation and 
Assistant to the President 



WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer 



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