Quarterly newsletter from JWHA


President’s Message

Message from Peter Judd, JWHA president. Read


Sunstone Symposium Germany 2017

“Here I Stand” – 500 Years of Reformation.

Sunstone is organizing a colloquy in Germany on the Reformation and its impact/relationship to the Restoration, with the collaboration of Community of Christ (Europe). View the call for papers. The deadline is July 1, 2017.


Research Grant for Authors

Here’s a great opportunity for JWHA members: a funding opportunity specifically for original research and interpretive writing about the history of Iowa (or the Midwest).

Preference is given to proposals that pursue neglected topics or new approaches to other topics. If awarded a grant, you will also produce an annotated manuscript for the Annals of Iowa scholarly journal. Read


Call for Papers – 2017 Annual Conference in Nauvoo

The program committee wrote in our previous call for papers of the singular significance Nauvoo has for every one of the disparate faith groups that call Nauvoo “home.”

So, what fascinates you about Nauvoo?  Who were your forebear’s friends, who were their enemies in Nauvoo?  Where did they end up when they left Nauvoo and how did they get there?  Why did they get there?

Learn more about the call for papers and submit your proposal!


Richard P. Howard Lecture Announcement – Nauvoo 2017

Dr. Michael Scott Van Wagenen will present the Richard P. Howard Lecture at the Nauvoo Conference this September. Learn more.


Community of Christ Names Three World Church Historians

They will serve as part of a Church History and Sacred Story Team led by Apostle Lachlan Mackay. The goal of the team is to engage the church in exploring its sacred story in responsible ways that inform and encourage its mission. Read more.


Director of Kirtland Temple Historic Site Retires

Seth Bryant, new historic site director for the Kirtland Temple, reflects on the training and wisdom of the former director – one of the top historians in this field. Read.


Call for 2017 Awards Nominations

In anticipation of our 2017 meeting, the time has arrived for the awards teams to begin consideration of the best recently published materials the Mormon historical world has to offer.

The awards team would like to invite our membership to nominate their favorite Mormon history related books and articles published in 2016. If you have read a book or article that you feel is worthy of an award, please submit your recommendations to awards@jwha.info for consideration. We thank you for your help in bringing awareness of great materials to our team and our fellow members of JWHA.


Apply for a John Whitmer Scholarship

John Whitmer Historical Association awards scholarships to promising scholars. Details and scholarship application.


In Memoriam – Norman Bernauer (1926–2017)

Norman Bernauer passed away peacefully in Kansas City on January 11, 2017, at the age of 90. Read more.