239 Days in America

A Social Media Documentary following 'Abdu'l-Bahá in 1912

August 26, 1912
Malden, MA
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August 26, 1912: The Week Ahead

‘ABDU’L-BAHÁ HAS SETTLED in at Maria Wilson’s home in Malden, Massachusetts — a woman he first met when she visited him in the Ottoman penal colony of ‘Akká in 1900, along with her best friend Sarah J. Farmer.

In the week ahead: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá speaks to a group of working women at Franklin Square House; a humorous yet poignant look at Bostonian Harry Randall; and Abdu’l-Bahá crosses the border into Canada.


  • Maria Chouchtari

    Abdu’l-Baha’s journey will bring him to Montreal in less than a week. May Maxwell’s letter to her friend Anne Savage still hangs on the wall in a room in her home. The enthusiasm and excitement of her tone in that letter remains intact after one hundred years, framed under a piece glass. Imagine how she must have felt in her expectation of that day. Let us all have that eager expectation of His spiritual journey and presence among us as his footsteps entered that blessed place now called a Shrine. That is a bounty to us all.