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.
Laura Davis Papers, in possession ofjean G. Smith, Toronto, ON. Lloyd Gardner Papers, in possession of Helen Gardner, Oshawa, ON. Magee Papers, van den Hoonaard (personal) Collection. Montreal Baha'i Shrine Archives, Montreal, QC.
WTMM The Last Will and Testament of Mrs. Mary A. Magee, 9_]une 1899, Surrogate Court of the County of Middlesex, Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ref. RG22, series 321, # 7678/ 1903. Baha'i Membership Lists BEL Baha'i Enrolment List, ...
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 urban centres then and now. Yet Baha'i communities existed in about half a dozen ...
... at the University of Toronto, where he not only did well in the first two years, but continued his “passion for freedom,” that is, his passion for the classics. His studies were interrupted by disasters in the family-run businesses, ...
... his travels to France, England, Scotland, and North America.5 Much later, in 1942, a Canadian Baha'i, George Spendlove, would attend the 10th Theosophical Fraternization Convention, held in Toronto (Baht? f News, August 1942, p. 8).
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