Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'I World Peace Pavilion Stewardship Committee records

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Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'I World Peace Pavilion Stewardship Committee records

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CR 12

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  • 1991-2004 (Creation)

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20 cm of textual records (56 folders)
16 photographs: col.
1 optical disc: CD-R
1 audio cassette

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Metro Youth for Global Unity, a Dartmouth-area group comprised of youth from various religious and cultural backgrounds, began to collect rocks, bricks, and other geological artifacts from countries around the world in 1989. Led by Rachel Farahbakhsh, the group wrote a letter to every country in the world, requesting a donation of a rock or brick. The rocks and bricks symbolize the culture, history, and achievements of all 80 contributing nations. The original intent was to exhibit the collection in a monument constructed and unveiled in conjunction with United Nations World Peace Day in 1991; however funding and land for a monument came together in time for the G-7 International Economic Summit in 1995. The World Peace Pavilion was constructed with federal funding and officially opened in June 1995 in the presence of the Mayor of Dartmouth, Gloria McClusky, and the leaders of Canada, the United States, England, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.

The World Peace Pavilion is located on the Dartmouth waterfront on land donated by the City of Dartmouth. To encourage the building of world peace and unity, the statement "Let Your Vision be World-Embracing", taken from the Bahá’í Sacred Writings, is engraved in the concrete inner face of the pavilion above the exhibits. In 1996, the Metro Youth for Global Unity disbanded, and in 1998, the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’í signed an agreement with the Halifax Regional Municipality to form a Stewardship Committee responsible for the maintenance and promotion of the project.

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Donated by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the HRM in June 2007 and in 2008.

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Fonds consists of correspondence and project files for the creation and maintenance of the World Peace Pavilion on the Dartmouth waterfront. Records were created by the Metro Youth for Global Unity and the Baha'I World Peace Pavilion Stewardship Committee. Files are arranged predominently by country, and consist primarily of donation requests and related correspondence regarding the collection of bricks and rocks from numerous contries to be included in the pavilion. Also included are photographs of the donations,pamphlets and news clippings discussing the pavilion, the catalogue of donations, and a Memorandum of Understanding between the Halifax Regional Municipality and the The Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Halifax. There is a sound recording of a 1998 tour of the Pavilion in which initiator Rachel Farahbakhsh explains the project and tells the story of each donation.

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Copies of project files are at Alderney Gate library.

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