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|1940 (In the year)
||Eleanor Smith Adler, a new Bahá’í from Los Angeles, settled in La Paz, the first pioneer to Bolivia.
||La Paz; Bolivia
||Eleanor Smith Adler
|1941 18 May
||Yvonne Cuellar, a French woman, became a Bahá’í in Bolivia.
Although Marina del Prado was the first to become a Bahá’í, on 2 February 1941, she did not remain active, so Yvonne Cuellar is recognized as the first Bahá’í in Bolivia. She was called by Shoghi Effendi ‘Mother of Bolivia’.
For the story of her life see BW19:619–22.
||First Bahais by country or area
|1960 (In the decade)
||A number of Bahá’í primary schools were opened in Bolivia.
|1961 21 – 25 Feb
||The first Indian congress of Bolivia was held in Oruro, with Indians participating. [BW13:268]
||Conferences; Indigenous people
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Bolivia was formed. [BW13:258]
|1961 8 Jul
||The Custodians announced that mass conversion had begun in Ceylon, Central and East Africa, and Bolivia, while in Canada native peoples had begun to enter the Faith. [MoC293]
||Sri Lanka; Africa; Bolivia; Canada
||Custodians; Mass conversion; Native Americans; First Nations
|1970 Apr - Aug
||More than 6,000 people became Bahá’ís in Bolivia. [BW15:232]
|1970 14 – 16 Aug
||The Continental Conference was held in La Paz, Bolivia. [BW15:317; VV5]
For pictures see BW15:301–2.
||La Paz; Bolivia
||Continental Conference; Conference
|1984 (In the year)
||The first Bahá’í university, Universidad Núr, opened in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. [VV82–3]
||Santa Cruz; Bolivia
||The inauguration of Radio Bahá'í of Bolivia on the medium-wave band at Caracollo, Bolivia. [Mess63-86p619]
A country-wide radio production and broadcasting programme began in 1983 as prelude to opening of the station. [BW18p111]
||Bahai radio; Teaching Institute; Bahai-owned radio; Z****
|1988 26 Nov - 4 Dec
||Over a thousand people became Bahá’ís in Bolivia during a teaching project. [BINS189:2]
A later report indicated that over 2,000 people had become Bahá’ís. [BINS195:1]
|1993 29 – 31 Jan
||The first Latin American Bahá'í Social and Economic Development Seminar took place in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. [BINS308:2; BW92–3:139]
||Santa Cruz; Bolivia; Latin America
||Conferences, Bahai; Social and economic development; First conferences
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- Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1963-1986: Third Epoch of the Formative Age, by Universal House of Justice (1996). [about]
- Radio Bahá'í del Lago Titicaca, 20 años de historia, by Rene Quiñonez, in La Pluma del Conocimiento, 2 (2002). Un breve relato sobre los logros de un proyecto de desarrollo socio económico al servicio de los pobladores del altiplano peruano boliviano. [about]
- References to the Bahá'í Faith in the U.S. State Department's Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, by United States Department of State (1991). Excerpts from the State Department's annual compilation of Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on discrimination against the Baha'i Faith and persecution of its adherents in twenty countries. [about]
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