“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 the JWHA Journal Spring/Summer 2022 issue.”

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Journal Cover ImageIncluded 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.

Message from President Christin Mackay

Welcome to the John Whitmer Historical Association. We are celebrating our Golden Anniversary this year at our Annual Conference (September 15-18) in Independence, Missouri.  Now is the time to Become a Member of JWHA or Renew your Membership and Register for the Conference.  We look forward to seeing you in September!


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

On September 18, 2022, the John Whitmer Historical Association will celebrate its 50th anniversary, honoring a half century of promoting the study of Restoration history. We will gather in Independence, Missouri, September 15-18, to celebrate our golden anniversary. Read more about the event and see the 50th Anniversary Call for Papers.
Please note, the conference celebration is being planned to incorporate Covid protocols with attendee safety a priority.


50th Anniversary Awards

The Awards Committe announces the 2022 nominees.

50th Anniversary Special Award

Books Nominations

Article Nominations


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.

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