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Mormon History Association

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, our quarterly periodical, the Journal of Mormon History (published since 1974), and our quarterly newsletter MHA News, 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.


49th Annual Conference

“The Immigration of Cosmopolitan Thought”

June 5–8, 2014

Registration is now available for the 2014 San Antonio Conference. Register now.

Online registration goes from February 19, 2014 to May 21, 2014.

Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk

(Formerly the Crowne Plaza Riverwalk)

111 E Pecan Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 354–2800

Please make plans to join us in San Antonio in June 2014. The setting for the conference is remarkable—right on the city's famous Riverwalk and within walking distance of the Alamo. The Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk has excellent conference space and has promised to provide us with all that is required to make the conference a success.

This is MHA's first conference in this region of America. You won't want to miss it!


The Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk will honor the MHA conference Group Rate for a couple of days before and after the conference. To obtain the MHA Group Rate at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk:


New Items

Student Awards of Merit

One of MHA’s primary objectives to foster research andpublication of Mormon history is by encouraging young scholars in undergraduate and graduate programs to participate in the process. An important step insupport of this interest has been created by long-time MHA member G. Kevin Jones who in November 2013 agreed to fund an annual student paper competition at universities with programs specific to Mormon studies. For a number of years, MHA funded a competition at BYU conducted by the university that proved worthwhile in furthering MHA objectives. Now, with the expansion of Mormon studies programs at several universities, Kevin’s generosity will allow these programs to conduct their own student competitions with a $300 cash award being given to each school’s winner on behalf of MHA.

This award was established by Kevin Jones to acknowledge the contributions to Mormon history of Dr. Davis Bitton, one of the founders of MHA. Dr. Bitton had a distinguished career as a professor/historian, teaching at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and for twenty-nine years at the University of Utah. Trained as a European historian, he also devoted considerable time to Mormon history. He spent a decade as an Assistant Church Historian for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Among other volumes that he published, together with Leonard J. Arrington he wrote The Mormon Experience: A History of theLatter-day Saints, an acclaimed work intended to assist non-Mormons in understanding Mormon history. Dr. Bitton was active in the meetings of the Mormon History Association, an organization where he served as president in1971–1972.

Dr. Bitton was a great role model, a highly accomplished individual who was kind, soft-spoken, and sincerely interested in the welfare of others. This award recognizes the unique life of Dr. Bitton, and the friendship that Kevin enjoyed from his association with Dr. Bitton and his lovely wife JoAn.


Exhibitor and Advertiser Opportunities at 2014 MHA San Antonio, Texas, Conference

We invite those who wish to be Exhibitors at the MHA Conference in San Antonio, Texas, and for those who wish to advertise in the forthcoming Preliminary and final Conference programs contact the MHA offices at your earliest convenience: mha.busmgr@gmail.com.

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).