Exhibition: The Advent of Green Acre, A Bahá’í Center of Learning

Maine Memory Network is Maine’s online digital museum, administered by the Maine Historical Society with over 270 Contributing Partner institutions. One of the first Maine Memory Network Contributing Partners, The Eliot Bahá’í Archives has 57 items and 1 exhibit featured online.

The Advent of Green Acre, A Bahá’í Center of Learning: Selections from the Eliot Bahá’í Archives is a new MHS exhibition from July 7 to October 2, 2021. Featured in the Shettleworth Gallery, the onsite exhibit highlights these collections that preserve the fascinating history relating to Green Acre, which continues operating today in Eliot, Maine.

Swami Ramanathan, Myron Phelps and Countess Canavarro at Green Acre, circa 1900. Collections of the Eliot Bahá’í Archives, MMN #16593.

In 1894, Sarah Jane Farmer established the Green Acre conferences. Lecturers discussed peace, world religions, health, freedom, and social justice topics. In a life-changing experience, she traveled to Palestine in 1900 to meet ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, imprisoned leader of the Bahá’í Faith. She subsequently converted to the religion and infused the conferences with Bahá’í teachings, transforming Green Acre into a Bahá’í Center of Learning.

In addition to the Shettleworth Gallery installation, viewers can access an online component on Maine Memory Network. Learn more about Green Acre on their website.

Also on exhibit in the MHS main Gallery through December 31, 2021, is Begin Again: reckoning with intolerance in Maine which explores deep historical roots of contemporary social justice issues in the state.

Hours: Wednesday–Saturday, 10AM – 4PM through advance ticketing. Walk-ins, via the MHS Museum Store, are subject to availability.

Cost: Free Adult/Youth MHS members, children under six; $10 per Adult non-member.

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