On November 13 and 14, 1991, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, hosted an early celebration of National Bible Week (November 24-December 1). Scholars, curators, community leaders, and employees of The Mother Church were present at the opening of the Church's historical Bible Collection. This collection, compiled over a sixty-year period, includes almost four hundred historically significant Bibles. Most of the Bibles were given to the Church by students of Christian Science and various other donors. Approximately fifty of the Bibles in the collection belonged to the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy.
On hand for the receptions, held in the Church's Bible Exhibit theater, were guests from the American Bible Society in New York, Harvard University, Boston University, the Boston Public Library, the Boston Athenaeum, and other educational and cultural institutions in the greater Boston area.
The guests were invited to view a number of the Bibles in the collection. This was followed by a slide/video presentation on the Bibles, as well as a film of the Holy Land. At the conclusion of the Wednesday evening reception, everyone was invited to the regular weekly testimony meeting held in The Mother Church.