See also:

Executive Committee

President
(2018-2019)
 Rachel Killebrew 1001 W Walnut St
Independence MO 64050-3562
816-833-1000 x2399
president@jwha.info
President-Elect
(2018-2019)
Jill Brim 3908 S. Steeplechase Road
Washington, Utah 84780
630- 834-4446 (Primary)
nauvoojill@hotmail.com
Immediate
Past President
(2017-2018)
Sherry Mesle-Morain 901 W Main Street
Lamoni, IA 50140-1281
641-442-5196
skmorain@gmail.com
Executive
Director
Cheryle Grinter PO Box 496
Independence, MO 64051-0496
816-738-9342 (Work)
jwha@jwha.info
Treasurer
(2019-2021)
Jerry Mogg 1902 Park Ridge Drive
St Joseph, MO 64503
816-261-8163
jerry.mogg@gmail.com

Board of Directors

2016-2019 Dan Whittemore
Finance Committee
3131 E. Alameda Ave., Unit 408
Denver, CO 80209
303-738-9571 (Cell)
danwhittemore@comcast.net
2017-2020 Dan Kelty
Awards Committee
2227 Dupont Ave. N
Minneapolis, MN 55411-2634
612-308-1164 (Cell)
danielm.kelty@gmail.com
2017-2020 Scott Esplin
John Whitmer Books Liaison
275C JSB
BYU
Provo, UT 84602
801-422-2424
scott_esplin@byu.edu
2016-2019 Jason Smith
Social Media Committee
PO Box 1904
Duncan, OK 73534-1904
580-656-1789 (Cell)
jason@mormonhistorydude.com
2016-2019 Kyle Walker
Long Range Planning Committee
135 Crestview St
Rexburg, ID 83440-3825
208-356-9508 (Home)
walkerk@byui.edu
2019-2021 Seth Bryant 7809 Joseph Street
Kirtland, OH 44094
440-256-1830
sbryant@cofchrist.org
2019-2021 Joe Geisner P O Box 8310
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
707-217-4795
rbssman@gmail.com

Program and Scholarship Committee

Chair Jill Brim 3908 S. Steeplechase Road
Washington, Utah 84780
630- 834-4446 (Primary)
nauvoojill@hotmail.com
Auction Chair
Members

Finance Committee

Chair Dan Whittemore
Members Seth Bryant
Bill Morain
Jerry Mogg

Membership Committee

Chair
Members

Nominating Committee

Chair (2018-2019) Sherry Mesle-Morain 901 W Main Street
Lamoni, IA 50140-1281
641-442-5196
skmorain@gmail.com
Members Alex Baugh
Christin Mackay
Erin Metcalfe
Bill Shepard

Awards Committee

Chair Dan Kelty 2227 Dupont Ave. N
Minneapolis, MN 55411-2634
612-308-1164 (Cell)
danielm.kelty@gmail.com
Members Kathleen Castillo
Shad Kimball
Brent Metcalfe
Taunalyn Rutherford
Bill Shepard
Bev Thompson

Long Range Planning Committee

Chair Kyle Walker 135 Crestview St
Rexburg, ID 83440-3825
208-356-9508 (Home)
walkerk@byui.edu

Social Media Committee

Chair Jason R. Smith PO Box 1904
Duncan, OK 73534-1904
580-656-1789 (Cell)
jason@mormonhistorydude.com

John Whitmer Historical Association Journal

Editor Bill Morain (2012-2020) 901 W Main St
Lamoni, IA 50140-1281
641-442-5195 (Cell)
641-784-8186 (Home)
journaleditor@jwha.info
Book Review Editor Christin Mackay P O Box 338
Nauvoo, IL 62354-0338
440-795-5025
cmackay@cofchrist.org
Associate Editor Ryan Tittle 530 Morgan Road
Sumiton, AL 35148
205-413-5656
walstonecounty@gmail.com
Editorial Board Gary Bergera
Clyde Forsberg
Craig Foster
David Howlett
Melvin Johnson
Tom Kimball
Michael Marquardt
Brent Metcalfe
Mark Scherer
Bill Shepard
Steven L. Shields
Chrystal Vanel
Billie Young

John Whitmer Books

Manager Reed Russell 1920 SW 2nd St
Lees Summit, MO 64081-1756
816-929-4732 (Cell)
reedarussell@yahoo.com
Editorial Board Peter Judd
Mike Riggs
Steve Shields
Mark Staker

JWHA Newsletter

Editor Reed Russell 1920 SW 2nd St
Lees Summit, MO 64081-1756
816-929-4732 (Cell)
reedarussell@yahoo.com

 


JWHA Leaders Past and Present

On 18 September 1972, fourteen people met in Richard Howard’s home in Independence, Missouri, and organized the John Whitmer Historical Association. Those in attendance voted to be independent from the RLDS Church. During a debate on the name for the new group, Warren Jennings suggested John Whitmer, the first historian of the Latter Day Saint movement. Many found it amusing at first, but after several other suggestions were rejected, the group settled on John Whitmer.

A steering committee of Mark McKiernan, chair and Paul Edwards, Robert Flanders, Barbara Higdon, and Richard Howard developed the framework of the new association. The first Board of Directors meeting was held 6 January 1973. A constitution was drafted in 1974.

The founding members were Alma Blair, Paul Edwards, Robert Flanders, Barbara Higdon, Richard Howard, Larry Hunt, Warren Jennings, Gerald Kruse, Mark McKiernan, Grant McMurray, Gordon Mesley, William Russell, Geoffrey Spencer, and W.B. “Pat” Spillman. Many thanks to these visionary people who started a movement!

Past presidents of the organization:

Robert Flanders 1973-74
Alma Blair 1975
Kenneth Stobaugh 1976
Bill Russell 1977
Barbara Higdon 1978
Paul Edwards 1979
Clare Vlahos 1980
Grant McMurray 1981
Tom Morain 1982
Norma Hiles 1983
Paul Edwards 1984
Richard Howard 1985
Wayne Ham 1986
Robert Mesle 1987
Linda Newell 1988
Maurice Draper 1989-1990
Roger Launius 1991-1992
Lee Pement 1993-1994
Jessie Embry 1995-1996
Danny Jorgensen 1996-1997
Ron Romig 1997-1998
Barbara Bernauer 1998-1999
Ed Warner 1999-2000
Alma Blair 2000-2001
Mike Riggs 2001-2002
Billie Young 2002-2003
Mark Scherer 2003-2004
Jan Shipps 2004-2005
Newell Bringhurst 2005-2006
Alex Baugh 2006-2007
Barbara Walden 2007-2008
Bill Shepard 2008-2009
Jeanne Murphey 2009-2010
John Hamer 2010-2011
Steve Shields 2011-2012
R. Jean Addams 2012-2013
Lachlan Mackay 2013-2014
Erin B. Metcalfe 2014-2015
Brian C. Hales 2015-2016
Peter Judd 2016-2017
Sherry Mesle-Morain 2017-2018

 

In addition to the presidents, many people have served on the board of directors, edited the Journal, and helped on committees.

Thanks also to past officers and executive directors.

JWHA has come a long way since. William D. Russell expressed this hope in a 1972 Courage article, “The organization of such a society has been sought by a number of people interested in Latter Day Saint history for a long time.

Let’s hope that the dream is about to be realized.” The current state of JWHA shows that the dream is coming true.