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|President (2019-2020)||Jill Brim||Washington, UT|
|President-Elect (2019-2020)||Christin Mackay||Nauvoo, IL|
|Immediate Past President (2019-2020)||Rachel Killebrew||Independence, MO|
|Executive Director||Cheryle Grinter||Independence, MO|
|Treasurer (2019-2021)||Jerry Mogg||St Joseph, MO|
Board of Directors
John Whitmer Books Liaison
Social Media Chair
Long Range Planning Chair
|Santa Rosa, CA|
Program and Scholarship Committee
|Chair||Christin Mackay||Nauvoo, IL|
|Silent Auction Chairs
On-line Auction Chair
|Chair||Dan Whittemore||Denver, CO|
|Chair||Seth Bryant||Kirtland, OH|
|Chair||Rachel Killebrew||Independence, MO|
|Santa Rosa, CA
|Chair||Joe Geisner||Santa Rosa, CA|
|Members: Book Awards
|Members: Article Awards||Bryce Blankenagel
Long Range Planning Committee
|Chair||Katherine Hill||Sagle, ID|
Social Media Committee
|Chair||Daniel Stone||Wyandotte, MI|
John Whitmer Historical Association Journal
|Editor||Bill Morain (2012-2020)||Lamoni, IA|
|Book Review Editor||Christin Mackay||Nauvoo, IL|
|Associate Editor||Ryan Tittle||Sumiton, AL|
|Editorial Board||Gary Bergera
Steven L. Shields
|Salt Lake City, UT
Pueblo West, CO
Sarasota Springs, NY
Las Vegas, NV
St Paul, MN
John Whitmer Books
|Editorial Board||Peter Judd
|Kansas City, MO
Las Vegas, NV
Salt Lake City, UT
|Editor||Reed Russell||Lee’s Summit, MO|
On 18 September 1972, fourteen people met in Richard Howard’s home in Independence, Mo., 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:
|R. Jean Addams||2012-2013|
|Erin B. Metcalfe||2014-2015|
|Brian C. Hales||2015-2016|
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.