About JWHA - Past and Present Leadership

On 18 September 1972, fourteen people met in Richard Howard's home in Independence, Missouri, and organized the John Whitmer Historical Assocition. 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!

Presidents of the organization have been:

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

* President-elect

 

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.

 

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