Baha’i Community Membership

Baha’i Community Membership

Baha'i Community Membership c. 1966-67

Washington, 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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Northern Virginia Baha’i Camp Institute

Northern Virginia Baha’i Camp Institute

Northern Virginia


Prince William Forest Park

Dr. Stanwood Cobb

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Life as a Bahá’í.  After looking at Theosophy and Reform Judaism and other themes in religion. Cobb investigated the Bahá’í Faith after a series of articles in the Boston Transcript on the religion attracted his attention. He pursued the interest to Green Acre conference center in Eliot, Maine in 1906 during his studies at Harvard Divinity School seeking to be a Unitarian minister. Sarah Farmer much affected Cobb and Thornton Chase was giving a series of talks.[14] It was on that occasion that he became a Bahá’í.

Between 1909 and 1913 he met with `Abdu’l-Bahá five times (twice in Akka and several times during the latter’s travel to Europe and the US). In 1911 Cobb and a number of others gave talks in honor of the personal invitation by `Abdu’l-Bahá to pilgrimage of Louis Gregory.

Cobb was a founding member of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Washington D. C. in 1933, and served on various committees (for example Cobb was Chairman of the Teaching Committee in 1935 and edited two Baha’i journals: Star of the West in 1924, and World Order from 1935-39. ~Wikkipedia

History.  Though not seen in the brochure the year of this event is 1974.  I don’t have much information about this event; however, prior to this time adherents of the Baha’i Faith in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area (later to include Prince Georges County, Maryland) were relative small in number and, generally speaking, everyone knew each other.  This event occurred within an approximately ten year window (since 1965) where mass teaching efforts attracted many additional adherents to the faith and home-front pioneering increased–augmented by the relocation of Baha’is into the area from other regions (often international)–which precipitated the expansion of the faith outward from its longstanding Washington, DC anchor point; witnessed by a plethora of new Baha’i communities functioning within newly established Baha’i geographic boundaries under the leadership of local Baha’i administrative bodies.  Some are listed below under “The LSA’s of the Northern Virginia District…”.  At this time (2018) there are many Baha’i communities in the area, and some with Baha’i community owned or rented facilities where meetings are held on a regular basis. Click images to enlarge.

Prince William Forest Park

Featured Image.  George Washington University Baha’i Club, Washington, DC. Members are attending a Baha’i deepening class on campus sponsored jointly by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Washington, DC and the GWU Baha’i Club (1980?). Request assistance with identification. Click image to enlarge.

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