Please join us for the JWHA Digital Event to be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020.  The registration fee is complimentary for JWHA members.  Registration details are forthcoming.

The theme will be Metamorphosis:  Scattered and Gathered Saints Emerge After Crises.

Our speakers will include Emcee Dan Whittemore, P. Jane Hafen (Taos Pueblo), UNLV Emeritus, and David Howlett of Smith College.  Q&A segments to follow.

Dan Whittemore, JD, CPA, is closely connected to the University of Denver, along with his wife, Beth.  They teach a class on Native American rights and have financed endowed scholarship programs for Native Americans in the areas of law and accounting.  Dan will open the JWHA Digital Event, reflecting on the theme of scattered and gathered saints who have survived crises.





Jane Hafen, PhD, is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Her book, Essays on American Indian and Mormon History, University of Utah Press, 2019, is nominated for a JWHA Best Anthology Award. She serves as an advisory editor of Great Plains Quarterly, on the editorial board of Michigan State University Press, American Indian Series, on the board of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, and is an Associate Fellow at the Center for Great Plains Studies.



David Howlett, PhD, is the Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. He is the author of Kirtland Temple: The Biography of a Shared Mormon Sacred Space (University of Illinois Press, 2014) and co-author of Mormonism: The Basics (Routledge, 2017). Currently, he is working on a monograph about globalization and Community of Christ in the Philippines, India, and the United States.




The Digital Event will include the JWHA Awards ceremony, honoring:

-Best Historical Article

-Best Theological Article

-Best Anthology

-Best Biography Award

-Best Book Award

-Best Documentary Award

Please go to the JWHA website to see the complete list of nominated Best Articles and Best Books.  Also, visit our John Whitmer Historical Association Facebook page to see reviews of the nominated works.

Although we will surely miss being together as an association in September, the Digital Event will provide a forum to continue the mission of JWHA:

JWHA is an independent, scholarly society composed of individuals of various religious faiths who share a lively interest in the history of the Restoration Movement.

The JWHA Digital Event will allow global members to join this unique conference as we discuss how financial, health, and political crises have created change in Restoration communities as they have scattered, then later gathered.

— Jill Brim, President