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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.
Preliminary Conference Program now Available
The preliminary program for this year's MHA annual conference is now available for you to download as a PDF file.
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).
Exhibitor and Advertiser Opportunity
We invite any who are interested in exhibiting at the MHA 2013 Conference in Layton, Utah, to contact the MHA office. Those who wish to advertize in the conference program are also invited to contact the MHA office: firstname.lastname@example.org. We expect one of MHA's largest conferences in recent years.
MHA now offers a Digital-only membership for $25 per year. Those choosing this form of membership will receive access to the Journal of Mormon Historythrough USU Digital Commons, and may access the MHA News newsletters. They will also receive the periodic "Updates" through emails as do all members of MHA. Digital-only members may register for the MHA conferences as members, as well. This may be an option you will want to consider.
Student Travel Fund
We have enjoyed in the past couple of years a resurgence of interest by students in MHA. Last year we established a Student Travel Fund whereby MHA members could contribute to augmenting the travel expenses of students who presented papers at the annual conference. Last year we were able to help fourteen students who participated in the Calgary conference. Supporting the Fund will help ensure a healthy future for MHA by providing opportunities for students of Mormon history who otherwise may not be able to attend with us.
48th Annual Conference
“The Crowded Landscape of the Mormon West(s): Agency and Action from the Wasatch Front to the Pacific Rim”
Davis Conference Center
June 6–9, 2013
One has a sense of the success of an MHA conference when it is hard to leave the location where the conference was held. The University of Calgary, in the remarkably progressive city of Calgary, Alberta, proved to be a fine host for the conference. Beautiful cool weather included. With about 350 registrants, including a sizeable portion from Canada, the gathering had an air of interconnectedness for the attendees. The pre- and post-conference tours were very popular, as the breath-taking Canadian Rockies provided the backdrop for the conference and tours. We will soon have more on the conference added to the website.
After the successful Calgary Mormon History Association conference, MHA is already attending to particulars for the Layton conference, June 6-9, 2013, at Layton, Utah's Davis Conference Center. This will be our first conference held in Davis County, Utah. Ideally located in the northern sector of Davis County, the city of Layton is the ninth largest city by population in Utah (67,311, 15% growth since 2000). Sloping westward from the foothills of the majestic Wasatch Range, a segment of the Great Basin's eastern rim, the city runs to the marshes of the Great Salt Lake. To the west lies the north end of historic Antelope Island.
The Davis Conference Center, 1651 North 700 West in Layton, is a spacious, modern facility that offers MHA one of the finest venues in which we have held a conference. Adjoining the Conference Center is the Hilton Garden Inn where we have a room block with special rates for MHA attendees.
The Conference Center is convenient to Interstate 15, 30 miles north of the Salt Lake International Airport. Surrounding the Conference Center are numerous hotels, restaurants, and shopping venues, including the Layton Hills Mall, one-half mile south of the Conference Center.
For those who wish to make reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn, attached to the Davis Conference Center, please call (801) 416-8899, then press 0. To get the negotiated rate for the conference use the code MORMON or state that you are with the Mormon History Association. The room rate per day is $109, plus taxes. (A credit card or advance deposit is required to guarantee reservations.)
Much more about the conference and the pre- and post-conference tours will be added to website in the near future.
You won't want to miss this one. Begin making plans to attend the 48th annual MHA conference right now. June 6–9, 2013.