Duane L. Herrman, The Role of Barbara Ehrsam in Bringing the Baha’i Faith to Kansas in 1897, Nov. 17

Sunday, November 17, 2 p.m. Eastern time

A series of improbable events led Barbara Ehrsam of Enterprise, Kansas to invite Ibrahim Kheiralla to her home in the summer of 1897 to give classes on the new religion he was teaching in Chicago, five hundred miles away.  The connection between Kheiralla and Ehrsam was her daughter, Josephine Hilty, who attended his classes in Chicago. This presentation will answer such questions as: Why was Josephine in Chicago? What reason, or reasons, would her mother have for inviting this teacher to Enterprise?  What was the immediate result of this invitation? What was the long-term result?  What immediate, local impact did the classes have in Enterprise? Wide-spread impact? Lasting impact? What response was there in Enterprise? In the rest of Kansas? What connections did the Enterprise Bahá’í community have with the wider Bahá’í community?

Duane L Herrmann, with degrees in education and history, has taught all levels of students from kindergarten to college and published on various aspects of the Bahá’í Faith, focusing on history and the houses of worship. His specialty is the history of the Bahá’í Faith in Kansas from 1868 to the present. He has conducted ground-breaking research on this Bahá’í community, the second in the Western hemisphere. His centennial history of the Topeka Bahá’í community received the Ferguson Kansas History Book Award. His presentations on various aspects of Bahá’í history have become a feature of the annual conferences of the Kansas Association of Historians. As a result of postings on various websites, his work is being read around the world. In addition, he has edited a book on the Bahá’í fast and published nine volumes of poetry, a sci fi novel, and a collection of short stories. He has also contributed to several anthologies of children’s stories. He has been a member of the Bahá’í community since 1969.


One response to “Duane L. Herrman, The Role of Barbara Ehrsam in Bringing the Baha’i Faith to Kansas in 1897, Nov. 17”

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    Tim Tyson

    Looking forward to a great presentation!

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