The history of the Baha’i Faith in the Fresno area dates back to 1931, when The Baha’i World documented Grace Holley living in Visalia.
Historical records indicate there were teaching projects in Fresno in the 1940s.
The 1960s and 1970s were rife with activity, as Baha’is would invite friends to gather in each others’ homes for what became known as “fireside gatherings”, which frequently included discussions on spiritual themes central to the faith like the unity of mankind, the oneness of religion, the equality of men and women, and the elimination of prejudice.
A Local Spiritual Assembly was elected in Fresno, possibly around the early 1960s. In the 1970s the Fresno community combined with that of the surrounding community, known then as “Fresno JD”.
During the 1970s a number of Baha’is from Fresno would travel to Native American lands to teach the Baha’i Faith.
Throughout the 1980s the Baha’is would regularly participate in parades and festivals, often distributing literature on Baha’i themes.
In the 1990s the Baha’i community of Fresno began using materials from a training institute to systematically teach its members and others about how to organize small gatherings for prayer, the spiritual education of children, and the empowerment of youth.
Throughout the 2000s and 2010s these efforts became more sophisticated and have led to the establishment of numerous classes for the education of children and groups for the empowerment of junior youth.