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Early Days  |   1940s   |   1950s   |   1960s


Catherine Gent and family lived in Austin from 1953 until 1955, Other Baha'is who lived in Austin at that time were Henrietta and Herbert Buder and their four children and Henrietta's father, George Clark, from Colorado (Denver area), an early Baha'i pioneer (volunteer teacher) to other countries.

During this period meetings were held in homes and using the hotels (the Stephen F. Austin and the Driskill) and the old Austin Public Library on Ninth Street, the meeting room in the basement -- as well as the Howson Branch Library on Bowman in Tarrytown. Holy Day observances and community meetings were held in homes. Catherine Gent and George Clark held a weekly series on "Progressive Revelation" in the Stephen F. Austin Hotel serving coffee and cookies to from ten to twenty-fives guests each week.

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