We are committed to revealing those little known or perhaps long forgotten events associated with the Baha’i Faith and those who served to expand its horizons and consolidate its communities. In this way, we hope to provide additional information about the history of the Faith and its growth and development.
Stanwood Cobb investigated the Bahá'í Faith after being attracted by articles in the Boston Transcript. In 1906 during his studies at Harvard Divinity he pursued his interest at Green Acre, meeting noted Baha’is Sarah Farmer and Thornton Chase, and later joined the...
Baha'i Cemetery Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia Sarawak River, City of Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Photo-Terry Randolph, 2008. Sarawak Baha'i Community "The history of the Bahá’í Faith in Sarawak began in 1951. Today, the Sarawak Bahá’í community...
Future Mašriqu-l-‘Aḏkār A site destined for a future Mašriqu-l-‘Aḏkār (Bahá’í House of Worship) is located in the City of Muskegon, State of Michigan, the United States. Mašriqu-l-‘Aḏkār Mašriqu-l-‘Aḏkār is an Arabic phrase meaning “Dawning-place of the remembrances...
Mr. Abulqasim Afnan was a long-serving caretaker of the House of the Bab in Shiraz, Iran (Persia), and for a time his brother, Hassan Afnan, also performed this service. They are now deceased. Abulqasim Afnan Abulqasim Afnan. We first met when I...
Poor Peoples Campaign Members from various Baha'i communities gather to participate in the Poor Peoples Campaign held in the Nations Capital 12 May - 24 June, 1968. 19 June 1968. Baha'is stand ready to participate in the Poor Peoples Campaign...
During the early 1900s, the Knoblochs and Hannens were instrumental in teaching the Baha'i Faith in Washington, DC. The Knobloch Family Memorial Service was held July 7, 2000 at Prospect Hills Cemetery in the Nations Capital to commemorate the family's service and...
Preserve Baha’i History
Much of our Baha’i religious heritage is preserved in museums, libraries, and archives to provide us with unique insights into the early believers and their lives. However, much has been forgotten and an unknown amount of materials were lost due to uncontrollable circumstances. Still, others lacked proper preservation methods to ensure lasting durability. We hope to build awareness for the need to document events and preserve all related materials that can be used to describe the richness of Baha’i history.
On this site we identify some of the deterioration processes, ethics of conservation, and detail how modern scientific tools are used to access and lessen the processes of decay. The preservation Baha’i history, ultimately, must be a collective effort involving me, you, curators, and conservators. We must understand that our efforts to document events and find the best conditions for the storage of artifacts will do much to preserve them for future generations of historians and others who will reap untold benefits.
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There is a wealth of unrevealed historical information available about people, places, activities, and events related to the Baha’i Faith. Making it available will most certainly improve the narrative.
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