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Symposium: The beginnings of the Bahá'í Faith in Kansas, Missouri, and North Carolina

May 16, 2021

Image: An early Bahá’í in North Carolina interacts with children. Used by permission of Anne Russell from North Carolina portraits of faith: a pictorial history of religions  (1986), OCLC 12974966

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Duane Herrmann

Duane L. Herrmann was born in 1951 and raised on a farm near Berryton, Kansas.  He still does much of his writing out on the farm under the trees in the breeze.  In his elementary school years he began writing his stories down, but none survive.  In high school he began writing poetry, the first of which was published his senior year.  He attended Washburn University in Topeka one year, then transferred to Ft Hays State in Hays, Kansas.  He had accepted the Bahá’í Faith while at Washburn and then helped begin a Bahá’í community in Hays. His first professional job was as an Elementary Librarian in Topeka.  He holds degrees in Education and History and has taught at Allen County Community College. He married and had four children. In the four decades since high school Duane's work has been published in the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Germany, India, Israel, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland and Wales, in English, German, French and Dutch. Translations are forthcoming in Italian and Farsi. In addition to poetry he writes short stories, stories for children, essays, memoirs and (ground breaking) history specializing in the second Bahá’í community west of Egypt (which is in Kansas).


Steven Kolins

Steven Kolins is a scholar on the Bahá’í Faith published in various wikis that require citations using genealogical-type records and Bahá’í sources on the histories of communities and individuals. From the results of such work he’s also contributed to publications like Bahá’í Faith and African American History, ed Loni Bramson, through Dr. Christopher Buck’s work, and Louis Venters’ The History of the Bahá’í Faith in South Carolina, and other pending publications on Sarah Farmer, the Knoblochs, Howard Colby Ives, and others.


Behrad Majidi

Behrad Majidi lives in St. Louis, Missouri since 1987 and has been involved with the St. Louis Bahá’í historical archives and researched the early history of the Bahá’í Faith in St. Louis and Missouri. He is also doing research and publication of the early history of the City of Birjand-Eastern Iran where he was born and raised. He came as a Bahá’í refugee in 1982 to the U.S.

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