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.
Winnipeg Baha'i Archives, Winnipeg, MB. The Petition of Esther Annie Magee, in the matter of Jonathan Magee, 18 December 1902, Surrogate Court of the County of Middlesex, Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ref. RG22, series 321, # 7475/ 1903 ...
Originally from Saint John, New Brunswick, Dealy moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba. There, at the age of thirty-one, he apprenticed as a railroad engineer. He is credited with inventing a system that ejected ashes from locomotive engines.
When he undertook a trip to his native Saskatchewan accompanied by his wife, Aimée Montfort, in 19061907, and spoke to the annual convention of the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada in Winnipeg, he may well have had Early Sfirrings l ...
Congress of Canada in Winnipeg, he may well have had both socialism and the Baha'i Faith in mind. It is fair to say that Jaxon's loyalty to the Baha'i Faith did not likely measure up to his political loyalties, for 'Abdu'l-Baha ...
Small shoots were appearing in a few towns in Ontario, such as Brantford, Brockville, and Toronto, in Edmonton, Alberta, and in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Montreal also receive its share of the Baha'i message. The Spiritual Roots of the Eorly ...
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