Monday, October 09, 2006

John Whitmer Historical Association Annual Conference

Sept 28-Oct 1 2006.

The Program Committee and Board of JWHA have announced that our 2006
Conference will be held in Independence, Missouri, rather than at Camp
Doniphan in Excelsior Springs. (Both locations are in the greater
Kansas City area.)

Our conference theme this year is "Scattering of the Saints: The
Diverse Expressions of the Restoration." Because so many of the
churches which make up the "Diverse Expressions" are headquartered in
Independence, the new conference venue will greatly facilitate our
Saturday tours. Tour locations this year will include visits and
presentations at:

* The Church of Christ (Temple Lot)
* The Church of Jesus Christ (Alpheus Cutler)
* The headquarters of the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints
* Artifacts from the Archives and Temple of the Community of Christ

The plenary and concurrent sessions of the conference will be held at
the newly renovated Truman Memorial Building =97 just 2 blocks northeast
of the Community of Christ Temple (see map on page 2). This facility
was the site of our Spring Banquet last year.

Our Sterling M. McMurrin lecturer will be W. Grant McMurray. Steve
Shields, author of The Divergent Paths of the Restoration, will give a
plenary address on our conference theme. JWHA President Newell
Bringhurst's will give an address entitled, "Schism within the Mormon
Restoration: The Influence of Race, Gender and Ethnicity."

Our theme this year clearly excited our membership and the broader
community of scholars who responded by submitting proposals for
numerous original and topical presentations that you will not want to
miss. Our tentative program plans include sessions or individual
presentations many "Diverse Expressions of the Restoration" including
groups led or reorganized by:

* William Bickerton
* Alpheus Cutler
* R.C. Evans
* Dan and Duane Gayman
* William Godbe
* Granville Hedrick
* Fred Larsen
* Joseph Morris
* James Strang
* David Whitmer
* Lyman Wight

In addition, there will be sessions covering plural marriage, Mormon
Fundamentalism, recent controversies and schism in the Reorganization
and also the tragedy of the Jeffrey Lundgren group.

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