59th Annual WHA Conference

The 59th Annual WHA Conference, "What happens in the West doesn't stay in the West," will take place October 16-19, 2019 at the Westgate Resort in Las Vegas. Browse through the conference menu (left) to learn more about the program, local arrangements, travel and accommodations, and resources for K-12 teachers and graduate students. We are also very excited to welcome several new advertisers and exhibitors and appreciate the generosity of our sponsors!

2019 WHA President: Martha A. Sandweiss

Martha A. (Marni) Sandweiss is Professor of History at Princeton University, with particular interests in the history of the American West, visual culture, and public history. She received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University and began her career as a photography curator at the Amon Carter Museum in Ft. Worth, TX. She later taught American Studies and History at Amherst College for twenty years before joining the Princeton faculty in 2009.

Sandweiss is the author or editor of numerous books on American history and photography. Her publications include Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception across the Color Line (2009), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History and the National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography, and Print the Legend: Photography and the American West (2002), winner of the Organization of American Historians’ Ray Allen Billington Award for the best book in American frontier history and the William P. Clements Award. Her other works include: Laura Gilpin: An Enduring Grace (1986), winner of the George Wittenborn Award for outstanding art book; the edited volume Photography in Nineteenth-Century America (1991), The Oxford History of the American West (1994; co-edited with Clyde A. Milner II and Carol A. O’Connor), winner of the Western Heritage Award and the Caughey Western History Association prize for the outstanding book in western history; and Eyewitness to History: Prints and Daguerreotypes of the Mexican War, 1846-1848 (1989; co-authored with Rick Stewart and Ben W. Huseman).

Sandweiss is the founder and director of The Princeton & Slavery Project (www.slavery.princeton.edu), a major public history project investigating Princeton University’s historical involvement with the institution of slavery. She teaches courses on the history of the American West, public history and narrative writing. The recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Huntington Library and the Bogliasco Foundation, she consults widely on matters related to the use of visual images for museum exhibitions and historical research.



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