Q: Do presenters have to register for the conference?

A: Yes. All presenters must register for the conference.

Q: Is there a specific registration rate for retired people?

A: No. They either pay the member or nonmember rate, depending on their membership status.

Q: Does the WHA offer military/veteran discounts for membership or registration?

A: Not at this time.

Q: Is there a single-day registration option for my mom who wants to watch my presentation?

A: No. But she might be eligible for a discounted registration rate.

Q: Does the WHA provide laptops for conference presentations?

A: No, the WHA does not provide laptops. Please bring your own or coordinate with your fellow panelists to secure access to a laptop. We also recommend bringing any extra adapters you may need.

Q: If my membership is lapsed, can I still register for the conference as a WHA member?

A: No. Membership must be current (and not pending) at the time of their conference registration. Please renew your membership if you wish to register as a WHA member. You may also renew your membership on-site.

Q: I am an award winner. Can I bring my spouse/a guest to the awards reception? If so, can I get a discount on their ticket?

A: Yes, you can bring a guest to the reception. Unfortunately we cannot offer discounts on guest tickets to the awards reception.

Q: Will there be Wi-Fi in the meeting space?

A: Yes.

Q: If an event is sold out, can I still have a ticket?

A: If you are interested in attending a sold out event please send us your contact information and the name of the event you wish to attend. During the conference please leave your contact information at the registration desk. You will be added to a waitlist.

Q: Is there a place at the conference where I can leave my kids?

A: The WHA does not, as of 2021, provide childcare or daycare services. We do, however, fully support the attendance of children at the WHA conference.

Q: I am an award winner and cannot attend this year’s conference. What is the protocol for this?

A: After the conference, we will ship the award plaques and checks to winners who were unable to attend.

Q: I am an award winner. Do I need to register for the conference?

A: Yes. Depending on the award, you may be receiving a complimentary registration (e.g., Indian Student Conference Scholarship). However, the majority of WHA award winners only receive a complimentary ticket to the award reception.

Please begin your online registration as normal entering your name, affiliation, and contact information. If you are to receive complimentary registration please complete all the steps except for payment. The WHA will complete your registration from there. If you are only receiving a complimentary ticket to the award reception, please complete your registration as normal, but do not reserve an award reception ticket. The WHA will complete this final step for you.

Please contact the WHA Office if you have further questions on this process.

Q: Can I register my WHA Member Spouse as a guest?

A: No. The WHA defines a guest as a family member or someone who would not attend the conference except to accompany a conference attendee.


Check back here for more developments on the WHA 2021 Conference and its various online components!

Q: Will there be an online component for the WHA 2021 Conference?

A: Yes. The WHA plans to livestream a selected number of 2021 conference sessions. Additionally, some conference sessions will be entirely online. More information is forthcoming. 

Q: Will the WHA 2021 Conference transition entirely online if COVID-19 restrictions are still in place?

A: The 2021 WHA Conference will be held onsite in Portland. 

The WHA is located in the Department of History at the University of Kansas.

The WHA is grateful to KU's History Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their generous support!

Western History Association

University of Kansas 

1445 Jayhawk Blvd.

3650 Wescoe Hall

Lawrence, KS 66045