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Centenary Commemoration of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Visit to D.C.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW (@ Connecticut Ave)
Washington, DC  

The celebration of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s several visits to Washington DC in 1912 will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The theme of the event will be focused on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s vision of Race Unity.  More details can be found at the Official Website.  Here is a nice locally written article about these visits.  Tickets are free but are no longer available, and unfortunately we have no extra tickets nor a waiting list.


Centenary Tour of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Visit to Washington D.C. 

Centenary tour of the places associated with the visit to America of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, son of the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh.  

Sunday, May 13, 2012
Over 40 Sites Associated with the Visit of the Master to Washington
From Sunrise to Sunset
Washington, DC 

The tour of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s several visits to Washington DC in 1912 will include over 40 locations associated with the Master's visits  on Sunday, May 13, 2012 from sunrise to sunset. Participants can choose a select list of places they choose to visit either on foot, by public transit or car.  The highlight of the tour will be a public display of the DC Baha'i archive's items associated with the visit of the Master to Washington 100 years ago, including the recreation of a 1912 parlor using furniture used by 'Abdu'l-Baha.

The Online Tour is up at (Please note: The site is designed for mobile access and may not render correctly on a desktop computer).

There is also a Downloadable PDF Map that you can use for the self-guided tour.


A map will be mailed to everyone who registers for the Saturday event. Also the DC Baha'i Center will have maps for anyone to pick up on Sunday beginning at 10 AM and will be available for download here shortly. With the map in hand you can visit the different address points and then look up the Audio number for that site, and  any cell phone can listen to an audio tour will provide a one minute description of each site, which any cell phone can call. 

For an enhanced experience any phone with a webbrowser, feature phones, android phones, tablets, iOS phones with a data plan, can visit  which will provide directions from whereever you are, to any of the sites - by car, by foot or by metro instantaneously, dynamically. In addition numerous photos and additional text will enhance the Audio experience at each site.

Finally, some of the sites, as will be indicated on the map and on the web application, will have hosts available at specific times to welcome you to the location and help make you feel at home. Also, certain sites will have specific hours when they will be open for visitation. Please note it is a Sunday, and if you visit a house of worship, be respectful of the services ongoing. 

Participants are strongly encouraged to wear comfortable foot wear and bring plenty of water, as May in Washington can already be hot and humid, and to visit every site would take a great deal of athleticism. It is advised that individuals carefully plan which sites they can visit according to their own capacities. Half of the sites are near Dupont Circle in Washington DC and walking in that neighborhood would provide a good tour experience with a minimum of exertion. 

The tour is free of charge and no registration is required. 

Questions about the tour can be directed through the Contact Us form. 

See the very inspiring video of a smaller version of past tours here!  


Other Places to Visit and Things to See

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Visit the Library of Congress the Master visited

Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 8:30am - 10:30am

Library of Congress Jefferson Building #17

The Library is closed on Sundays limiting visits to the exterior. However, on Saturday morning the Jefferson Building is open to the public Baher Seioshansian and Bill Collins will be providing tours meeting inside the "carriage entrance" (which is where cars and horse drawn carriages used to be able to come right up to the building below the steps) go past security and you will gather at a large red sign marked "Baha'i Centenary Gather here" at 840am and 940am, departing 8:45am and 9:45am to visit the places the Master visited inside the Library. The building may also be visited free of charge without the organized tour. Starting at this early time, will leave time to travel the 6 miles to the May 12th commemoration hotel in the afternoon.

Visit the Capitol the Master visited

Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 8:30am - 10:30am

US Capitol #34

The Capitol interior is closed on Sundays, although the Capitol grounds which the Master walked remain open. The Capitol Visitor Center show the interior where the Master visited and is open to visitors from 8:30 a.m. on Saturday. Visiting in the morning will leave time to make the 6 mile drive to the Centenary event from the Capitol. The 8:50 am tour is free but advance passes are required. Tours of the Capitol begin with a 13-minute orientation film and last approximately one hour. You must make a reservation at

Columbia Junior Youth Group Hosting

Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Carnegie Public Library #13

The Baha'i Junior Youth Group of Columbia Maryland is hosting your visit to the Carnegie Public Library where the Master gave His first public talk.

Germantown Junior Youth Group Hosting

Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

Parsons Home #12

The Baha'i Junior Youth Group of Germantown is hosting your visit to the Parson's Home where 'Abdu'l-Baha gave most of his talks in Washington and where he stayed during his April visit.

Free Taxi Service From Metro to Cemetery

Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

St. Paul's Cemetery

A member of the Alexandria Baha'i Community is willing to meet and personally drive Walking Tour participants to this site from the Alexandria Baha'i Center which is located immediately next door to the Van Dorn Metro Station on the Metro Blue Line. She will be available from 12:00 Noon until 4:00 PM. To make arrangements to see this peaceful, prayerful site, call Susan Bentler at 703.909.7709 or send email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Cedar Ridge Children's Class Hosting

Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Persian Legation #21

A Baha'i Children's Class from Cedar Ridge, Virginia is hosting your visit to the Persian Legation where the Master famously insisted that social life be integrated.

Baloon Release

Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 3:30pm - 3:45pm

Fort Lincoln Cemetery #45

During the day enter the main welcome center at the Fort Lincoln Cemetery and you can write a Prayer or a remembrance of the Boyle, Barnitz, Dixon, Brittingham families in the cemetery on a Baloon. Then at 330 PM all the baloons will be released. This is part of the Cemetery's Mother's Day activities 


Watch this page for more details as they emerge!