Pioneer Training Institute, 5-8 June 1980 The Pioneer Training Institute has a long history and dates to the first one ever established in the United States, in 1965 at the National Baha'i Center in Wilmette, Illinois. They were organized to provide...
Baha'i Community Membership c. 1966-67Washington, DC/Maryland & Northern Virginia Suburbs
Baha’i Membership Lists
The Baha’i community membership lists shown are incomplete (1966-67). However, researchers can use the list to gain a general understanding of locations and those listed as contacts. The last two pages are draft updates to a final Washington D.C. Baha’i Community membership list.
Prior to the Baha’i Mass Teaching era in the United States, Baha’i communities in the Northern Virginia and Maryland suburbs were few. Some areas had only isolated Baha’i’s, not at the level needed for functioning group classification. The Washington D.C. Baha’i community was the anchor for area Baha’i activities and provided support to outlying locations. Its sister community in Baltimore, Maryland also functioned in this manner. Baltimore and Washington each had a fully functioning Local Spiritual Assembly that pre-dates 1966, and each supported each other’s activities with some members traveling between the two cities by automobile and early on mostly by train.
We can learn more about this by researching the archives of each community. Serious researchers should request access to local archives by contacting the Baha’i administrative body of the particular community mentioned, also the National Baha’i Archives in Evanston, Illinois for additional information. I will post additional information for these communities at a later date.
Note that they unintentionally misspell some names.
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