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Mary Lathbury

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Mary Lathbury

At age 18 Mary Lathbury went to the School of Design in Worcester, MA.  She then taught French and art at Newbury Vermont Seminary.  After that, she took a position at Drew Ladies' Seminary in Carmel, NY.

In 1874, she was hired by the Methodist Sunday School Union in the editorial department and brought her into close touch with the Chautauqua movement. It was dedicated to adult education, using art and recreation.

The Chautauqua idea appealed to her a great deal and she was enthusiastic in this work. She continued writing poetry and hymns.  She became known as the laureate of Chautauqua. 

She became drawn to the writings of Swedenborg and shared this interest with her brother, Clarence.  He had been ordained in the Methodist Church in 1887, but after his conversations with Mary, transferred his ordination to the New Church in 1892.  He became the New Church minister in Cleveland. 


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