Western History Association

Established: 1961. Affiliate Since: 1976. Membership: 2,000. Annual dues: $80 regular; $30 student; $45 emeritus/retired; $95 joint; $125 sustaining; $500 donor; $250 patron; $150 institutional/sponsor

Statement of Purpose: To promote the study of the North American West in varied aspects and broadest sense. The first meeting of what was to become the Western History Association was held in Santa Fe, NM, in October 1961, organized by a small group of history “buffs” and academic historians. Since then the organization has met annually in a wide range of western, and sometimes eastern, cities bringing together a diverse group of western writers, academic historians, public historians, and enthusiasts. Membership is open to any person with an interest in the North American West.

Annual Meeting: October

Publications: The Western Historical Quarterly; Montana: The Magazine of Western History, quarterly; WHA Newsletter, semiannually

Website: https://www.westernhistory.org/

Find more information in the AHA Directory Online

Western History Association
Univ. of Kansas, Dept. of History
1445 Jayhawk Blvd, 3650 Wescoe Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: 505.401.6594

Primary Contact: Elaine Nelson, emnelson@westernhistory.org


Kelly Lytle Hernández
Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas
E-mail: hernandez@history.ucla.edu

William Bauer
Univ. of Southern California
E-mail: wbauer@unlv.edu

Executive Director
Elaine M. Nelson
Western History Association
E-mail: emnelson@westernhistory.org

Editor, Western Historical Quarterly
Anne Hyde
Univ. of Oklahoma
E-mail: anne.hyde@ou.edu

Updated 3/15/24