The Western History Association strives to be a congenial home for the study and teaching of all aspects of North American Wests, frontiers, homelands, and borderlands. Our mission is to cultivate the broadest appreciation of this diverse history.

55th Annual Conference of the WHA

October 21-24, 2015 - Portland, Oregon

                 2015 Conference Program

The deadline for pre-registration ended September 30. Those who still need to register may do so in person in Portland at the conference.

The WHA Conference hotel is sold out. Please contact the WHA office if you need assistance finding lodging in Portland.

For more information refer to the 2015 Conference program

or visit the conference page.

The Western History Association's Annual Conference is co-sponsored by a generous donation from the Library of Congress

The WHA offers membership in an organization of historians focused on the study of the American West. In addition to the natural camaraderie of pursing Western history, the WHA offers these benefits to members:

  • A one year subscription to the Western Historical Quarterly, the premier scholarly journal in the field, with articles and book reviews by leading western historians.
  • The chance to attend the Annual WHA Conference Program, featuring tours to historic sites and distinguished speakers.
  • Eligibility for awards and prizes in recognition of scholarly achievements in Western History. 


  • 01 Oct 2015 3:05 PM | Anonymous
    Distinguished scholars in History or Political Science are invited to apply for the Wayne N. Aspinall Chair at Colorado Mesa University.  For a $10,000 stipend, the visiting professor will spend three weeks on the Colorado Mesa University campus in late March-to mid- April 2017, teach a one credit course, give a major public lecture, and make any other invited appearances.  Applications must include a vitae, a brief outline of a course proposal and a topic for the major public lecture.  Submit application byFebruary 12, 2016 to: Professor Steven C. Schulte, Department of History, Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501. 

    Direct any inquiries to or 970 248-1418

  • 29 Sep 2015 1:50 PM | Anonymous

    The University of Oklahoma is delighted to announce two new 2-year editorial fellowships at the new home of the Western Historical Quarterly. For either MA or PhD students, the first fellowship will be offered in 2016-2017. In addition to excellent training in writing and editing, fellows will be immersed in the scholarship of the broadest possible North American West, including the newest work in a dynamic field. Fellows will work closely with OU faculty to publish a traditional journal as well as new digital content.

    The generous fellowship includes each year:

    1) Cost of in or out-of-state tuition

    2) 11 months of graduate stipend at $1400 per month $15,400

    3) Enhanced Fellowship              

     (for PhD  students)  $5,000

     (For MA Students )   $2,500     

    4) Funds to support travel to annual WHA meeting  $1,429 

    Click here for more details     

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