Anne Perry Receives Award of Excellence for Her Book on Green Acre Bahá’í School

Anne Gordon Perry, a Wilmette Institute faculty member for courses on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Women and the Bahá’í Faith, and the Bahá’í Faith and the Arts, has received an award from the Religion Communicators Council for her writing in the third edition of  Green Acre on the Piscataqua.

Anne Gordon Perry, a Wilmette Institute faculty member, a writer and filmmaker, and an instructor at the Art Institute of Dallas, has been recognized by the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) with its highest honor—an Award of Excellence—in the category of specialized writing by an adult for the third edition of Green Acre on the Piscataqua, published in 2012 

Perry’s award-winning book on Green Acre tells the story of the conference center in Maine founded by Sarah Farmer, a transcendentalist and the daughter of electrical genius Moses Farmer and humanitarian Hannah Shapleigh Farmer. Sarah Farmer pioneered interfaith awareness and flew the first known peace flag in the world at her conference center. After Farmer became a Bahá’í in 1900, Green Acre became a Bahá’í school.

The DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards are given annually to those who demonstrate excellence in religious communication and public relations. This year’s award ceremony was held during the RCC’s annual conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 4–6, 2013. The awards honor two leading lithographers from New York City, the late Victor DeRose and Paul M. Hinkhouse. Joyce Litof accepted the award on Perry’s behalf.

The new expanded edition of Green Acre on the Piscataqua marks the centenary of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit to Green Acre in 1912, the most important personage ever to visit the school. New research resulted in a much-expanded book that contains a longer chapter on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit to Green Acre, new photographs, updated information on Green Acre’s history, new maps of sites associated with Green Acre, a new foreword and preface, and a longer bibliography.

The first edition of the book, published in 1991, grew out of the Farmer Family Memorial Lecture that Perry gave at Green Acre and research supported by Mildred Mottahedeh, who for some two decades represented the Bahá’ís at the Bahá’í International Community, accredited as an Observer to the United Nations. The second edition of Green Acre on the Piscataqua, published in 2005, marked the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty. A fourth edition is planned for 2021 to mark the centenary of the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.

The Religion Communicators Council, founded in 1929, is an international interfaith association of professionals who work in print and electronic communication, media, marketing, and public relations. The oldest association of religion communicators in America, the RCC has seven local chapters in the United States as well as members-at-large in cities where a chapter does not exist. The chapters provide education for its members and networking and promote excellence in the communication of religious faith and values, together with understanding among diverse faith groups.