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The Baha'i House of Worship sits on the shores of Lake Michigan, just 5 miles north of Chicago. How it came to be built in the heart of the United States is a story that begins with the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. Inspired by news of the first Baha'i Temple in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, members of the Chicago Baha'i House of Spirituality drafted a petition in 1903 asking for permission to begin their own. Fifty years later, in 1953, a completed Baha'i House of Worship was dedicated in Wilmette. The story of how very few believers in a new faith built the "Great Bell" of the North Shore--during the Great Depression and World War II years--is shown with archival photographs from every stage of construction up to the present. This includes ongoing restoration projects preserving the beauty of the "Temple of Light."
Author Bio: Candace Moore Hill moved to Illinois in 1983 to work at the Baha'i National Center in Evanston. She has been a greeter, guide, reader, and member of the Bahá'í House of Worship Choir. She later married its conductor. As a guide, she was asked many of the questions that are answered in this book.
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