John Whitmer Historical Association holds its annual conference in late September. Conferences are held in places that have a connection with Community of Christ history or early Mormon history. Every three years, the conference is held in Independence, Missouri.

JWHA practices weapons-free events.

2024 Annual Conference

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2024 Annual Conference
September 12-15
Southern Utah’s Desert Outpost: Making Peace with the Past, Pursuing Peace in the Present
Dixie Conference Center
St. George, Utah

Call for papers

Future JWHA Conferences


2025 Annual Conference
September 18-21
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
Independence, Missouri

2026 Annual Conference
September 24-27
Mid-America Center
Council Bluffs, Iowa

2027 Annual Conference
Kirtland, Ohio

Past JWHA Conferences


2023 Annual Conference
Restoration Tales from Texas Dust
September 21 – 24, 2023
Hangar Hotel 
Fredericksburg, Texas


Learn more about the conference.

2023 Bus Tour 

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2022 50th Anniversary Celebration & Conference


A Legacy of Restoration History


2021 JWHA Virtual Conference


Restoration Outpost: Ragged Edge or Oasis? John Whitmer Historical Association Virtual Conference October 22-23, 2021 w/ image of scenic highway

Restoration Outpost: Ragged Edge or Oasis?

The 48th annual conference was held virtually.  The conference featured the annual business meeting, awards ceremony, Friday night panel, Saturday breakout sessions and concluded with Jill Brim’s Presidential Address.

2019 JWHA Annual Conference

Back to the Burned-Over District 200 Years Later, 1819-2019: Impact of the Second Great Awakening on the Restoration Movements

The 2019 conference was held September 26-29 at the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa in Fairport, New York, a cozy suburb of Rochester and only 20 minutes from historic Palmyra.

Read about other past JWHA conferences.

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