The Origins of the Bahá'í Community of Canada, 1898-1948
Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 1996 M12 16 - 356 pages
What binds together Louis Riel’s former secretary, a railroad inventor, a Montreal comedienne, an early proponent of Canada’s juvenile system and a prominent Canadian architect? Socialists, suffragists, musicians, artists — from 1898 to 1948, these and some 550 other individual Canadian Bahá’ís helped create a movement described as the second most widespread religion in the world.
Using diaries, memoirs, official reports, private correspondence, newspapers, archives and interviews, Will C. van den Hoonaard has created the first historical account of Bahá’ís in Canada. In addition, The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948 clearly depicts the dynamics and the struggles of a new religion in a new country.
This is a story of modern spiritual heroes — people who changed the lives of others through their devotion to the Bahá’í ideals, in particular to the belief that the earth is one country and all of humankind are its citizens.
Thirty-nine original photographs effectively depict persons and events influencing the growth of the Bahá’í movement in Canada.
The Origins of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, 1898-1948 makes an original contribution to religious history in Canada and provides a major sociological reference tool, as well as a narrative history that can be used by scholars and Bahá’ís alike for many years to come.
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Abbrevioiions Used to lnciicoie Archivcil and Other Sources Unpublished
Archival Materials AL AMM AO AW BTU CHSR EBA EVH GAR HBA HHP IAC KR
LDP LGP MP MBSA NBAC NBAUS OBA RBR RSP RTCMS SFP TCP VBA WBA
Minutes, CHSR, 10 February 1906. The 1898 financial ledger of the Chicago
House of Spirituality contains a reference to Mrs. and Miss Montfort contributing
to the Baha'i fund (Financial ledger, CHSR, May—December 1898). A later
ledger for ...
Before 1905 Percy Woodcock lived in Brockville, Ontario (CHSR, 16 September
1905). There, he and his family3 contributed funds for the construction of the
Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois (Star q" the I/I/est, 13]uly 1915, p. 58)
“unauthorized and incorrect” (CHSR, 3 August 1907). By 1908 he was living in
New York and, while there, started mixing personal ideas with the Baha'i Faith (
TCP, 30 November 1908). By 1909, Woodcock was teaching the symbolism of
The Montreal Baha'is received circulars, such as those from Mason Remey, a
prominent early American believer, asking people to sign a petition for 'Abdu'l-
Baha to come to North America (CHSR, 30 April 1906). The activities of May
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