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59th Annual WHA Conference

October 16-19, 2019 Las Vegas, Nevada

2019 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 (, 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.

2019 Program & Conference Photos

View the 2019 Conference Program by clicking on the program cover.

View the 2019 Conference Program Errata (coming soon!) 

View the 2019 Call for Papers: "What Happens in the West Doesn't Stay in the West"

WHA Members Only: View photographs from the 2019 conference 

Program Committee

Joshua Reid (Co-Chair), University of Washington

Rachel St. John (Co-Chair), University of California, Davis

Juliana Barr, Duke University
Geraldo L. Cadava, Northwestern University
Josh Garrett-Davis, Autry Museum of the American West
Tiffany Jasmin González, Texas A&M University
Trinidad O. Gonzalez, South Texas College
Maria John, University of Massachusetts Boston
Khalil Anthony Johnson, Jr.,Wesleyan University
Jacob Lee, Penn State University
Patty Limerick, Center of the American West, University of Colorado Boulder
Malinda Maynor Lowery, University of North Carolina
John Lutz, University of Victoria, British Columbia
Christian McMillen, University of Virginia
Rebecca Scofield, University of Idaho
Tyina Steptoe, University of Arizona 
Tamara Venit-Shelton, Claremont McKenna College

Local Arrangements Comm.

William Bauer, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Co-Chair)

Michael Green, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Co-Chair)

Susan Lee Johnson, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Co-Chair)

Andrew Kirk, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Co-Chair)

DeAnna Beachley, College of Southern Nevada

Richard Bryan, former Senator of the U.S. and chairman, Preserve Nevada

Maria Raquel Casas, Department of History, UNLV
Shae Cox, UNLV, and Deputy Director, Preserve Nevada
Su Kim Chung, Special Collections, UNLV
Kendra Gage, Interdisciplinary Studies, UNLV 
Michael Hall, National Atomic Testing Museum

Pete La Chapelle, History, Nevada State College
Mark Padoongpatt, Interdisciplinary Studies, UNLV
Harry Reid, former Senator of the U.S. and Distinguished Fellow, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
Geoff Schumacher, The Mob Museum
Robert Stoldal, Chair, Nevada State Board of Museums and History 
Claytee White, Oral History Research Center, UNLV

2019 Exhibitors


Adam Matthew Digital

Athabasca University Press

Beinecke Library

Center for the Great Plains Studies

Center of the American West

Church Historians Press

Coalition for Western Women’s History (CWWH)

WHA Graduate Student Caucus

Helmerich Center for American Research at the Gilcrease Museum

Immigration and Ethnic History Society

Lansing P. Bloom Family Award

Montana Historical Society

Mormon History Association

Museum of the Fur Trade

New Mexico Historical Review

Oregon Historical Society

Penn State University-History Department

South Dakota Historical Society Press

Southern Nevada Conservancy

Texas Tech University Press

Texas A&M University Press

UNC Press Journals

University of Arizona Press

University of California Press

University of Massachusetts Press

University of Nebraska at Omaha

University of Nebraska Press

University of Nebraska Press Journal

University of Nevada Press

University of Nevada Reno Department of History

University of New Mexico Press

University of North Carolina Press

University of North Texas Press

University of Oklahoma Libraries

University of Oklahoma Press

University of Texas Press

University of Washington Press

University Press of Colorado

University Press of Kansas

Waveland Press

Western Historical Quarterly

Westerners International

Western Writers of America

Yale University Press

Tesoro Cultural Center

2019 Sponsors

Alverson, Taylor, & Sanders

American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming

American West Center, University of Utah

Beinecke Library, Yale University

Berkshire Conference of Women Historians

Black Mountain Institute

Center of the American West, University of Colorado-Boulder

Center for the Southwest, University of New Mexico

Charles Schwab Corporation

Colorado College’s Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies

College of Arts and Sciences, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Department of History, Boise State University

Department of History, Penn State University

George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, Penn State

The Huntington Library

The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West

J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah

Jeffrey Ostler

Knox Robinson Films

Nevada Mining Association

Nevada State College

Preserve Nevada

Public History Program, Arizona State University

Public History Program, Oklahoma State University

Public History Program, University of Colorado Denver

Public Lands History Center, Colorado State University

Harry Reid Endowed Chair of the Intermountain West

University of Nebraska Press

University of Nevada at Las Vegas College of Liberal Arts

University of Nevada at Las Vegas Departments of Anthropology, English, Interdisciplinary, & Gender Studies & Sociology

University of Nevada at Las Vegas, History Department

University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Office of the Provost

University of Nevada Press

University of North Carolina Press

University of Oklahoma History Department-OU Foundation

William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies

Women Also Know History

Women’s Research Institute of Nevada

Princeton University

Western History Association

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