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 meeting is held in Independence, Missouri.

JWHA 2020 Conference: Restoration Outpost: Ragged Edge or Oasis?

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The 48th annual John Whitmer Historical Association conference will be held in St. George, Utah, September 17-20, 2020.

Registration and program details for this year’s event will be posted here when available.

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The Dixie Center at St. George

  • Call for Papers
  • Guest Room Reservations: Book your guest room at Hilton Garden Inn.
  • Richard P. Howard Lecture (see below).
  • Friday Night Walking Tour (see below).
  • JWHA practices weapons-free events.

Richard P. Howard Lecture

Ragged Edge or Oasis?  Situating the Early Strangite Movement in US Religious History

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Amy DeRogatisis is professor of religion and american culture in the Department of Religion at Michigan State University. She has published two books, “Moral Geography: Maps, Missionaries, and the American Frontier,” and “Saving Sex: Sexuality and Salvation in American Evangelicalism.”

She is currently at work on a third book, “Mormon King: James Jesse Strang and the Strangite Community on Beaver Island.” Read her bio.

Friday Night Walking Tour

Pioneer Center of the Arts Dinner & Guided Walking Tour
5:00-8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $20.00 per person.  You will have the opportunity to select the tour when you register for the conference.  Advance registration required.

Saturday Afternoon Tours

This year there will be two Saturday afternoon tour options:

  1. Short Creek Settlement
  2. Mountain Meadows, Pine Valley, Jacob Hamblin Home and Pie in Veyo.

Tickets for a tour are $62.00 per person and include box lunch.  You will have the opportunity to select a tour when you register for the conference.  Advance registration required.

Sunday Morning Hymnfest

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The hymnfest on Sunday, September 20 will be held at the St. George Tabernacle.