flame imageThis year’s annual conference includes an exciting slate of interesting sessions certain to provoke discussion and expand interest in restoration history.

Note: the agenda presented here is not final and is subject to change.

Items marked with (RS) indicate the presentation is part of the Restoration Studies track.

Click on the Session Numbers for Abstract & Bio.

Time Session Presenter(s) Location
Friday, September 27, 2019
7:30 – 9:15 a.m. Light breakfast (included in registration fee)
8:00 a.m.
Chair: Kevin Barney
Plenary 201 Problematic Roots of Restoration
Whence the Vision?  Tracing the Rise and Fall of the First Vision in the Community of Christ
Katy Pratt Sumsion
Keith J. Wilson
Conference Center
Flat Earthers, Anglo-Israelism, and the Golden Plates: Cautionary Tales of Ripping Up a Sect’s Problematic Roots (RS) John Hamer
Frederick Douglass & Joseph Smith III: The Memoir Revisited Kevin W. Bryant
9:00 a.m. Break
9:30 a.m.
Chair: Sherry Mesle-Morain
Breakout 211 Expanding Understanding of the Community of Zion (RS) Laurie Due Cayuga
The Millenial Generation in the Restoration: A Comparative Study (RS) Katherine Pollock
9:30 a.m.
Chair: C. Malcolm Warner
Breakout 212 The Mendon, NY Branch Robert Wilcox Cook Canandaigua
Doubting Thomas: a Look at the Burdick Clan of New York and Their Different Paths in the Restoration Daniel Kelty
9:30 a.m.
Chair: Roger D. Launius
Breakout 213 “Unchurched and Destitute”: Evangelical Resistance to the Restoration Movement Jill Brim Hemlock
Pamphlet Wars: Brighamites vs. Reorganites, Religions in Conflict Greg Brim
9:30 a.m.
Chair: Lachlan Mackay
Breakout 214 The Untold Story of the Acquisition of the Original Temple Lot: Independence, Jackson County R. Jean Addams Honeoye
“‘The Clay and Ray Counties’ Mormon Removal Committees, and, the 1835 Clay County Missouri Memorial to Congress, Calling for a Military Road through to Clay County” Mark Goodmansen
10:45 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m.
Chair: Bryon Andreasen
Breakout 221 From Burned Over to the Mansion, Architecture Influences Thinking Paul DeBarthe Cayuga
“An Untold Drama Within a Drama”: Female Religious Devotion in the Early Church as Expressed in the Life of Katharine Smith Salisbury Kyle Walker
11:15 a.m.
Chair: Melvin C. Johnson
Breakout 222 Remembering a Forgotten Prophet: Historiographical Reflections on William Bickerton and American Religious History Daniel P. Stone Canandaigua
Planted and Fertile: The Far-Reaching Impact of the Burned Over District on Bickertonites, Community of Christ and Latter-day Saint Women Barbara Morgan Gardner
11:15 a.m.
Chair: Randall B. Barnes
Breakout 223 From Humble Beginnings to International Renown: Richard L. Evans–the Man and the Message Lloyd D. Newell Hemlock
Rochester, New York: The Latter-day Saints and the Reshaping of American Theatre History in the Crucible of the Burned-Over District Lee Krahenbuhl, PhD.
11:15 a.m.
Chair: Sally Cook Roth
Breakout 224 The Neurotheology of a Tragically Flawed Prophet, Stanley M. King of Canada:  Are “Kitchen Table” Prophets Dangerous?  Does the Bible Justify Polygamy?  Do Sheep “Graze” in Our Brains? Bill Russell
Bruce Taylor
1:00 p.m. Awards Luncheon – included in registration fee
Nominated Books
Nominated Articles
Conference Center
2:30 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m.
Chair: Michael Karpowicz
Breakout 241 Nauvoo Camp and the Rise of Organized Youth Camping in Community of Christ Stephen K. Smith Cayuga
Why Did the RLDS Youth Programs Disappear after a Half Century of Success? Sherry Mesle-Morain
3:00 p.m.
Chair: R. Jean Addams
Breakout 242 The Palmyra Revival of 1824-25, From Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist Records: Its Impact on the Restoration Movement H. Michael Marquardt Canandaigua
Jesse Townsend’s Presbyterianism: Calvinism and the development of Joseph Smith’s Restorationist Theology (RS) James R. W. MacDonald
3:00 p.m.
Chair: Blake Roberson
Breakout 243 How the Erie Canal Corridor Became the Burned Over District: Rochester and the Advent of Mormonism Bruce W. Worthen Hemlock
Burned Over, Burned Again, YET Never Burned Out: 4 Perspectives on The Continuing Conversion Catastrophe Russell L.Osmond, PhD.
3:00 p.m.
Chair: William D. Morain
Breakout 244 Joseph Smith’s Courting: Plural Marriage in Nauvoo, 1842-1843 Susan Staker Honeoye
‘Playing Smash’ with the Wight Family in Centerville, New York Christine Cox
4:15 p.m. Break
4:45 p.m.
Chair: Scott C. Esplin
Breakout 251 Liberty Jail:  Myths and Misconceptions Alex Baugh Cayuga
The Rush to Publish D&C 76 (RS) Blair Burt Bryant, EdD
4:45 p.m.
Chair: Brent Lee Metcalfe
Breakout 252 Forerunner or Revisionist? The Puzzle of Solomon Chamberlin Johnny Stephenson Canandaigua
Joseph Smith, Consecration & Stewardship Dr. Warner Woodworth
4:45 p.m.
Chair: Vickie Cleverley Speek
Breakout 253 The Influence of Entheogens and Hermetics in the Burned Over District
Bryce K. Blankenagel
Brian W. Kassenbrock
4:45 p.m.
Chair: Michael W. Homer
Breakout 254 Death to Seducers! Examples of Mormon-led Extra-legal Justice in Historical Context Craig L. Foster Honeoye
“He beheld the prince of darkness:” The Second Great Awakening, Diabolism, and Joseph Smith Steven Hepworth
6:00 p.m. Trivia Night: pre-registration required Event Center


JWHA 2019 Conference Agenda At-a-Glance