Century Club: Christian Science Temple

First Church of Christ
First Church of Christ, Scientist

Tucked on Mulberry St between 2nd and 3rd Sts, the Christian Science Temple is 100 years old.  The Church of Christ, Scientist was founded in Boston in the late 1800s.  Not to be confused with Scientology, this denomination is most well-known for its publication Christian Science Monitor.  The church was established in Evansville in 1915, and built this edifice in the Neoclassical style.  It was designed by famous local architects Shopbell & Co and truly has that Greek temple look.  The church was built of stone with a green tile roof and reads “THE ETERNAL GOD IS THY REFUGE” under the pediment.

Architect's sketch of the new First Church of Christ, Scientist
Architect’s sketch of the new First Church of Christ, Scientist


Shortly after completion
Photo taken shortly after completion

Bethany Apostolic moved here from their old location in 1930.  The church has remained stewards of the building and still operate here 85 years later.

Bethany Apostolic today
Bethany Apostolic today
Both sides of the cornerstone which is partially covered by the ramp


Historian James H. Madison lecture on Two Hundred Years of Indiana

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Noted Historian to Present Overview of Indiana’s History

As a prelude to Indiana’s bicentennial celebration in 2016, noted historian James H. Madison will present the lecture Two Hundred Years of Indiana at the Evansville Museum on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. Madison will present an overview of our past–from Hoosier pioneers, through the Civil War, to the 21st century. His illustrated talk will highlight connections between past and present and, as we celebrate our 200th birthday, help us think about our future.
Madison is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus of History, at Indiana University, Bloomington. An award-winning teacher, he has also taught at Hiroshima University, Japan, and at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England. Jim serves on the boards of Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Historical Society and as a member of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.

He is the author of several books, including Eli Lilly: A Life; A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America; Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II. His most recent book is Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana, co-published by the Indiana Historical Society Press and Indiana University Press.

For complimentary reservations telephone the Evansville Museum at 812-425-2406.

This lecture is presented by the Vanderburgh County Historical Society and the Evansville Museum.

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