The December 2014 Mormon History Association newsletter (Vol 49, No 4) is available online here. For your convenience, I will hit some highlights.
The current edition of the newsletter is intended as the last to go out by mass snail-mailing; starting March 2, 2015 the newsletter will be published exclusively online. It will, however, be published six times per year—every odd month—instead of the present four times.
MHA will upgrade their website, effective January 28, 2015. The software changes will hopefully improve functionality.
It’s time to renew memberships. Membership dues have increased ever so slightly. And, while we’re planning and budgeting, don’t forget the upcoming conference, June 4-7, 2015, at the Utah Valley Convention Center. 2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of MHA’s formation. Look for big goings-on at the conference and in the 50th Anniversary Issue of the Journal of Mormon History. Please note that in order to receive the print version of the “amazing special 50th anniversary winter edition,” you must renew your membership before January 28, 2015.
While thinking ahead to 2015, it is also time to think back over the written scholarship on the history of Mormonism released in 2014 and nominate the best for an MHA Award. There are awards for books, published articles, and unpublished student work. As previously announced, MHA has added a new award for “Best Memoir or Personal History.” Nominations for all awards are due February 1, 2015.