October has been chosen as the anniversary of the beginnings of the Science of Mind Archives. That was 21 years ago. However, the Foundation was incorporated about 11 years ago with the help and approval of three additional organizations to support the Foundation. Those three groups of representatives were: the Dr. John Hefferlin and Marian Hefferlin Foundation, Religious Science International, and United Church of Religious Science, the latter two now comprising Centers for Spiritual Living. In addition to individual gifts of correspondence, tapes, pictures, books, and artifacts, most all of the collections have been received from these three organizations. This trio also donated the original funds with which we began.
Throughout the years we have added furnishings and Holmes’ personal belongings that have been gifted from Bill Lynn, the executor of the Ernest Holmes estate and from my family. Some most recently include paintings, a bench, and a high-back chair. While Kathy Mastroianni, our Executive Director, visited California to attend our SOAR conference at Asilomar near Monterey, she was kind enough to drive through Hayward and load her car with items destined for delivery to the archives. We continue to add items of interest such as Hazel Holmes’ silk prayer rug, Ernest Holmes’ cuff links, and additional papers and books that I come across in my files.
Also this month, October, you may find in the Science of Mind magazine, an article about Hazel Holmes, Ernest’s beloved wife, practitioner and confidant titled: Madam Buddha.
We are continuing our Wise Sage Project and most recently I interviewed Rev. Drs Barbara and John Waterhouse, Kenn Gordon, Kathy Hearn, and Rev. Patrick Pollard. I, like you, look forward to having the opportunity to watch these personal stories.
I continue to believe that the Science of Mind Archives and Library Foundation is a very worthwhile organization. Our history must be retained and preserved. We ask that you financially support this project so that our young people of today will see the value in maintaining history – the good and sometimes not so pleasant. But we do learn from our mistakes and therefore remind ourselves we can do better.
Please donate on this website or mail a regular contribution to 573 Park Point Dr., Golden, CO 80401. We depend on you and your generosity. Thank you.
Rev. Dr. Marilyn Leo, Founder