Peter Manseau, religion curator at the Smithsonian, writes, “This country, somewhat uniquely, is a nation of transplanted religions, interacting with the beliefs and practices that were here, but also with new traditions coming in, learning and needing to negotiate, to compromise, and finding ways to live together.”
During our Digital Event on September 19th, our speakers shared some of the crises that have forced the transplantation of religions.
At our 2021 Annual Conference in St. George, presenters will examine the outposts that were created following the crisis of Joseph Smith’s death. Did these transplanted communities become an oasis, or a ragged edge, in their new, sometimes remote, locations?
I value my John Whitmer Historical Association membership because researchers, educators, and history enthusiasts meet to discuss and document the transplanted Restoration groups. At the conference, we come together in a breakout session, sharing the impact of individuals, their historical writings, and their rituals.
My favorite moment at JWHA events is sitting down to a meal, or in the lobby with friends and new colleagues, asking their opinions about an appealing research topic. Many are gracious in offering possible sources to investigate. They also provide straightforward advice about the strength of my proposed argument. Through the years, the conversations I have had with JWHA members have helped me study and appreciate the complex, compelling story of transplanted Restoration communities.
I look forward to hearing from you this year, and seeing you in St. George. I miss the joy of the opening conference reception, as well as the closing notes of the HymnFest. Working to strengthen JWHA with your assistance is a true pleasure for me.
Jill Brim, President