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.

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. 

55th Annual Conference of the WHA

October 21-24, 2015 - Portland, Oregon

Registration opens July 1, 2015. For more information visit the conference page.

View the 2015 Conference Program Online.

The WHA has several prestigious awards, fellowships, and scholarships for exceptional work in Western history. Here are the guidelines for award submission:

  • Follow the link to the awards page
  • When applying, send your submission to the award committee. This information is listed on each specific award page
  • The deadline to submit to Award Committees is April 1, 2015


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