Message from President Casey Paul Griffiths

We have just completed a historic conference in Independence as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the John Whitmer Historical Association. I hope that we can continue to build on the foundation laid down and look to the future. Every member of the JWHA appreciates the need to pass on the stories that mean so much to us and can see the need to recruit new storytellers, with diverse perspectives and narratives to add to the tapestry of our history.


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JWHA’s 50th Anniversary: A Legacy of Restoration History

We just completed our historic conference in Independence celebrating the 50th anniversary of the John Whitmer Historical Association. What a joy it was to have nearly all of our living founders present with us, as well as many of the past JWHA presidents!

Watch the tribute to their service and the journey ahead.


View the 50th Anniversary Founders Video

Here from the founders’ perspective the importance of JWHA.


Hidden Things Shall Come to Light

“Smith family members and historians have long believed that a daguerreotype, or photograph, of Joseph Smith, Jr., was made before his June 27, 1844, assassination. That daguerreotype has now been found. Learn more in

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the JWHA Journal Spring/Summer 2022 issue.”

Purchase the JWHA Journal Vol. 42 No. 1 in PDF format ($15).
Purchase the JWHA Journal Vol. 42 No. 1 paperback on Amazon ($25)

Included is “Hidden Things Shall Come to Light: The Visual Image of Joseph Smith Jr.” Ron Romig and Lachlan Mackay present convincing evidence that a recently opened watch locket that was passed down through the Smith family contains a true daguerreotype image of Joseph Smith Jr.

The Spring/Summer 2022 volume of the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal contains original research and contributions by Jill T. Brim, Ronald Romig, Lachlan Mackay, Brooke R. LeFevre, Ryan N. Cramer, Newell K. Bringhurst, Michael S. Riggs, Kyle R. Walker, Paul DeBarthe, Mark L. Staker, and Donald L. Enders.


John Whitmer Books New Release

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Joseph and Lucy Smith’s Tunbridge Farm by Mark L. Staker and Donald L. Enders

Watch author Mark Stakers’ introduction video.

Order your copies today!

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Review by Kevin Folkman.


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With faithful financial contributions over the years, JWHA has been able to further the independent scholarly interest in the history of Community of Christ and the Restoration Movement. Our supporters play a key role in our success.

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JWHA is an independent, scholarly society composed of individuals of various religious faiths who share a lively interest in the history of the Restoration Movement.