I left the house about 9:00 a.m. for my five-hour road trip to Nauvoo. It was a beautiful day and the drive was very pleasant, except for several work calls I had to take. (I won’t be able to totally relax until tomorrow night when I can forget about work for the rest of the weekend. But still, it wasn’t that bad.)
I stopped for lunch at Arby’s in Galesburg, and made it to the Nauvoo Family Inn and Suites by a quarter after two. I checked in and then took a dip in the pool. I was the only one in there, and I seem to be almost the only person in the whole place (at 6:00 p.m. I counted six other cars on my side of the parking lot). But I kind of like having the place to myself; Nauvoo off-season is wonderful.
I ran by the Joseph Smith Historical Building to register. There I briefly chatted with Michael Marquardt, my blog-mate and JWHA head honcho John Hamer, Lach, and tonight’s keynote speaker, Ross Peterson. Then I headed for my appointment at the Nauvoo House buffet. I’d be lying if I didn’t acknowledge that at least a third of my motivation for coming here was to eat at the buffet; it’s a personal tradition of mine. Of course I stuffed myself, but I’ll be more circumspect the rest of the weekend, I promise.
One thing I like about JWHA is that it’s much more intimate than the (by comparison) massive MHA. That gives it kind of a cool vibe, I think.
I don’t know how much or how often I’ll be able to add to this thread, as there is no wifi at the conference venues. But I thought I would go ahead and open a thread for anyone who might be here and wish to comment on the proceedings.
(With your registration you get a copy of the latest JWHA journal and the conference program, which is goregous and suitable for framing. I appreciate getting a little swag when I come to these things.)
Robin Jensen was doing research at the University of Chicago earlier this week, and I wanted to get together with him for lunch, but it didn’t work out. But since he’s going to be here in Nauvoo for the conference, we’re hoping to get together for one of the luncheons.
Please use this thread for all of your conference commentary.