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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Archives municipales de Montréal, Montreal, QC. Provincial Archives of Ontario, letter to W.C. van den Hoonaard, 27 July 1987. Albert Windust Papers, NBAUS.
The few written, but many oral, accounts of the history of the Baha'i Faith in Canada tend to focus on Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver—Canada's principal ...
The next chapter explores the first decade of Baha'is in Montreal, the anvil upon which depended so much of the later development of the Canadian Baha'i ...
The family lived in Montreal and participated in the Green Acre Baha'i School in Maine. The Woodcocks travelled with ...
Honoré Jaxon returned to Canada for another extensive tour, primarily to promote the socialist cause, in 1911; his travels took him to Montreal and Ontario.
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