The JWHA newsletter is published quarterly. Members receive monthly updates to access the latest articles before the next issue is available.

President’s Message

History is fun, President Sherry Morain.

Nominations Committee Report

The Nominating Committee announces the 2019 Board of Directors nominees. Meet the nominees.

2018 JWHA Spring Journal TOC

A large 2018 Spring issue of the John Whitmer Historical Association Journal will soon be off the press. Get a sneak peek at Volume 38 No 1.

2018 Annual Conference Information

JWHA Awards

Thanks to our generous donors, we are able to provide awards in a variety of categories, authors of books and articles. If you believe an article or book published in 2017 is exceptional and should be recognized at our 2018 annual conference, please send your nomination to . If you are interested in being a donor, please contact .

“Our Stories Fashion Order out of Chaos”

The Call for Papers due date is rapidly approaching, April 6, 2018. We look forward to learning from your presentations at our annual conference. Please submit your proposal to

Howard Lecturer

This year we welcome Dr. Richard L. Bushman as the Richard P. Howard Lecturer. Dr. Bushman is the Gouverneur Morris Professor of History emeritus at Columbia University. His presentation will be, “The Gold Plates as Cultural Emblem”.


We at JWHA believe that it is important to support scholars interested in Mormon history. Every year JWHA awards scholarships. If you are interested, please send your proposal to by April 6, 2018.

State Historical Society of Iowa 2018/2019 Research Grants

The State Historical Society of Iowa will award up to ten stipends of $1,000 each to support original research and interpretive writing related to the history of Iowa or Iowa and the Midwest. Preference will be given to applicants proposing to pursue previously neglected topics or new approaches to or interpretations of previously treated topics.

The historical society invites applicants from a variety of backgrounds, including academic and public historians, graduate students, and independent researchers and writers. Applications will be judged on the basis of their potential for producing work appropriate for publication in The Annals of Iowa. Grant recipients will be expected to produce an annotated manuscript targeted for The Annals of Iowa, SHSI’s scholarly journal.

Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2018.

Download application guidelines or request guidelines or further information:

Research Grants
State Historical Society of Iowa
402 Iowa Avenue
Iowa City IA 52240-1806


Have you renewed your membership for 2018?

If so, thank you!

If not, 2018 memberships that are unpaid on February 1, 2018 will become inactive. Renew today!

New JWHA Website

JWHA is excited to announce its new website is now available.

The previous website served the association well for some time. But with trends in web design constantly evolving, JWHA recognized the need for a major redesign to continue serving members as well as nonmembers increasingly using the website to find information and topics of interest relating to the history of Community of Christ, early Mormonism, and the history of the many denominations that comprise the Latter Day Saint movement. Learn more about specific changes and improvements to