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 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

Conference pre-registration ended September 30. But it's not too late! On-site registration will be available beginning Wednesday, October 21.

2015 Conference Program

Errata (updated 10/15/2015)

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. 

  • 13 Oct 2015 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    Mining History Association 2016 Annual Meeting Telluride, Colorado
    June 9-11, with optional field trips June 9 and 12.


    Call for Papers

    The Mining History Association is an organization of individuals from the United States and other countries with a common interest in all aspects of mining history.  Though most members are from the American West, anyone interested in mining is welcome to participate in our annual conferences, which combine oral and visual presentations with regional and local tours at active or historic mining areas in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

    In 2016 the Mining History Association will meet at the Peaks Resort and Spa in Telluride, Colorado, in the historic San Juan Mountains.  The conference starts Thursday eveningJune 9 with sessions ending Saturday June 11.  There will be field trips on Thursday June 9 and on Sunday June 12.  Anyone planning on the June 9 field trip should arrive June 8. Full program details will be released in early 2016 by newsletter and on the MHA Website.

    For the meeting the Program Committee invites proposals for papers, presentations and panels on any aspect of mining history in any era or location around the world.  Related fields may include science and technology, law and governance, labor and social history, industrial archeology, business history, preservation, reclamation and environmental history.  Given Telluride‚Äôs gold past, proposals on gold mining in the San Juans are especially encouraged. 

    Each proposal should be submitted by e-mail, and contain an abstract of no more than 500 words, along with a brief c.v. that includes the address, phone number and e-mail for each participant.  If submitting an entire session, include an abstract that outlines the purpose of the session and lists names, addresses, phone numbers and emails of all participants.  The Program Committee assumes all listed individuals in a session proposal agree to participate.  Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2015.

    Send proposals to Duane Smith <> with a copy (cc) to Bill Culver <>.

  • 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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