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Mormon History Association

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Welcome to the website of the Mormon History Association. Since 1965 we have provided an independent forum for the presentation and distribution of Mormon history prepared for those interested in all aspects of the genre. Through annual conferences and our quarterly periodical, the Journal of Mormon History (published since 1974), we serve over one thousand MHA members by disseminating the most recent scholarship and information about Mormon history. Membership is open to all who are interested in joining the organization.

Please consider joining with us in the study and celebration of Mormon history.


The Rockwell Museum in Cooperation with the Mormon History Association Presents:

An American Journey Across the Landscape of Mormon Theology


Saturday, March 7, 2015
Corning, New York

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Galleries open for viewing
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Lecture/Interview with Terryl L. Givens



Visit the Rockwell Museum Website for additional information.


Tanner Lecture now Smith-Pettit Lecture

An institutional icon at the annual MHA conference has been the Tanner Lecture. Dozens of outstanding lectures have been delivered through the years to MHA conference attendees through the generosity of the O.C. Tanner family.

The Tanner Lecture was endowed in 1980 to invite a scholar who has not previously worked in Mormon studies and who is not a member of the traditional Mormon community to prepare and present a paper at MHA’s annual conference.  The purpose of the lectureship is to elicit perspectives on Mormon history that place it within the broader context of American thought, American history, or the history of religion, thereby enlarging the understanding of researchers in Mormon studies.

The money initially given by the Tanner family to fund the lectureship has been exhausted for a number of years. The MHA Board approved at the quarterly Board meeting held on June 4, 2014, a change to the name of the lecture beginning at MHA's 50th Anniversary conference to be held in Provo, Utah, in 2015. The lecture will hereafter be called the Smith-Pettit Lecture. The continuation of this important feature of MHA's annual conference and interest in furthering understanding of Mormon history is made available through the generous sponsorship of the Smith-Pettit Foundation, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Membership Questions?

Having trouble renewing your MHA membership online?

You may have an account without a configured password. Visit the member login screen and click on "Forgot Password" to get started. An email with a secure link will be sent to you that will take you to an account configuration screen. Once configured, you'll be able to access the renewal form from the Billing area of your account portal.

Also remember, institutional memberships are renewed through our office and currently cannot be renewed online. Please contact the business manager by email to process an institutional membership or renewal.


Founding and early history of MHA

Read Leonard J. Arrington's rehearsal of the circumstances surrounding the founding of MHA (from his book Adventures of a Church Historian).