The Bahai House of Worship sits on the shores of Lake Michigan, just five miles north of Chicago. How it came to be built in the heart of the United States is a story that begins with the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. Inspired by news from the first Bahai Temple in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, members of the Chicago Bahai House of Spirituality drafted a petition in 1903 asking for permission to begin their own. Fifty years later, in 1953, a completed Bahai House of Worship was dedicated in Wilmette. The story of how very few believers in a new faith built the "Great Bell" of the North Shore - during the Great Depression and World War II years - is shown in archival photographs from every stage of construction up to the present. This includes ongoing restoration projects preserving the beauty of the "Temple of Light".
Candace Moore Hill moved to Illinois in 1983 to work at the Bahai National Center in Evanston. She has been a greeter, guide, reader, and member of the Bahai House of Worship Choir. She later married its conductor. As a guide, she was asked many of the questions that are answered in this book.