Our Kirtland Temple fellowships are designed as both an
academic program and a museum fellowship. Each summer our fellows participate
in University level courses on topics pertaining to Latter Day Saint History
and Museum Education. Each course is accredited by Graceland University
for three semester hours and includes visiting guest lecturers, field
trips to surrounding historic sites, and hands-on curatorial projects
with the Kirtland Temple collection. Along with their academic experience,
individual fellowship projects and stipend, each fellow interprets the
historic landmark through tours and public programming three to four days
a week. These experiences give students a professional familiarity with
public history research, program management and design, along with the
opportunity to meet visitors from all over the world.
The Kirtland Temple Fellowship Program encompasses a wide
variety of academic and artistic disciplines that reflect the diversity
of the fellows themselves. Each fellowship is named in memorial of a person
who made a considerable impact on the story of the Kirtland Temple and
the faith community that built it.
Henry Howe Fellowship
The Henry Howe Fellowship memorializes an artist of
the nineteenth century by challenging the artistic elements of the
Temple, both architecturally and aesthetically. Howe fellows complete
projects that focus on enhancing their individual talents revealed
through painting, photography, graphic arts, and/or design.
Phebe Rigdon Fellowship
Named after a young educated female who resided across
the street from the temple, Phebe Rigdon fellows emphasize the educational
qualities and programs of the Kirtland Temple. Each fellow works independently
on a project of their choice pertaining to museum education programs,
lesson plans, hands-on daily activities, traveling trunks, etc.
Jacob Bump Fellowship
Students interested in the Jacob Bump fellowship choose
independent projects that emphasize the importance of the museum store/retail
management, product development and placement, and historic site marketing.
E. D. Howe Fellowship
Named after the passionate and opinionated Editor
of the Painesville Telegraph, E. D. Howe fellows highlight the importance
of technology-based programs at historic sites. Independent projects
include, but are not limited to designing a museum store website component,
web design, statistical analysis, museum store reports, etc.
Kim Loving Fellowship
In honor of the groundbreaking contributions towards
Kirtland Temple history, this fellowship is named after Kim Loving.
Loving fellows are dedicated to continuing the research on the legal
history of 19th century Kirtland. Fellows are encouraged to present
their research at an upcoming John Whitmer Historical Association
John Whitmer Fellowship
Named after the first historian of the Latter
Day Saint movement, John Whitmer fellows complete projects that stress
the importance of academic research, public education, oral history,
and written presentation. Whitmer fellows are encouraged to present
their summer research at an upcoming John Whitmer Historical Association
Catherine "Cassie" Kelley Fellowship
The Catherine Kelley Fellowship is named after a fiery
independent woman who resided in Kirtland for less than a decade.
Her time in Kirtland included interpreting and caring for the physical
structure of the Kirtland Temple. Kelley fellows embrace hands-on
curatorial projects with the artifact collection, exhibit design,
and regular preservation reports.
W. W. Phelps Fellowship
This fellowship is designed for students who are interested
in vocal and/or instrumental music. Each W. W. Phelps fellow has the
opportunity to combine their talents through various projects in the
historical setting of the temple.
Carl Bezilla Fellowship
Named after a local resident of Kirtland, Carl Bezilla
fellows have the opportunity to dive into the temple gardens, to assist
in the research and creation of a period garden, and create education
programs for surrounding school groups interested in learning about
local plant life.
Joshua Seixas Fellowship
Named after the first instructor of the Kirtland Ohio
Theological Institution, Seixas fellows emphasize the importance of
reaching out to the international visitors at the Kirtland Temple
through various visitor service projects.
Increase Van Deusen Fellowship
Increase Van Deusen, one of the most delightful and
theatrical residents of Kirtland, represents the creativity and passion
of the Theater Fellowship. Van Deusen fellows give emphasis to first
person interpretation programs, designing period costume, education
programs, and coordinating activities for traveling school and youth
Although there are endless possibilities in the Kirtland
Temple Fellowship Program, the above fellowships are limited to eight
positions each summer. Prospective students are encouraged to complete
and submit an application as early as possible. Application deadline is
April 15th. All application requests and fellowship inquiries should be
Ron Romig, Site Coordinator
Kirtland Temple, 7809 Joseph Street, Kirtland, Ohio 44094
Phone: (440) 256-1830, Email
the Fellowship Application Form