WHA 2024 Conference: Kansas City

Mark your calendars for the 64th Annual WHA Conference, which is scheduled for October 24-27, 2024 (Thursday-Sunday), in Kansas City, Missouri at the The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. Bookmark this page to check for updates on conference details, the 2024 Call for Papers, and to learn more about presenting your work in Kansas City!

The 2024 WHA Conference will be held concurrently with the Southern Historical Association. Read the press release here:

The Western History Association and Southern Historical Association are pleased to announce that in 2024 the two organizations will host their conferences concurrently in Kansas City, Missouri at The Westin and Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center. The WHA and SHA worked diligently on their efforts to hold overlapping events for two of the largest historical organizations focused on regional history in North America. "It has been a decades-long dream to bring together our two great organizations," notes Catherine Clinton, past president of the SHA, "and nothing could be more rewarding to me than to look forward to the SHA and the WHA meeting in 2024 in Kansas City—my home townmeeting in the same town during the same weekend for the first time. We can all look forward to seeing old friends, making new ones and finding ways to enrich and expand our thriving historical communities.” 

Clinton approached Stephen Aron, past president of the WHA, in 2016 with this ambitious idea and the two joined forces with their respective governing boards and executive offices to make the plan a reality. The conferences will share exhibit space and potentially a plenary, as well as provide members of both associations a chance to meet, mingle, and discuss important scholarship that emerges in western and southern history. "These meetings will give us a great opportunity to explore the directions and connections that link these histories and regions to one another," says Aron. "And what better place than Kansas City, on the borders and at the intersection of West and South, for us to break not bread but some of the finest barbeque together."

Keep your eye out for more announcements, each association's Call for Papers, and local arrangements details for the 2024 SHA and WHA conferences, and plan to join us in Kansas City from October 24-27! 


Dr. Stephen Berry, SHA Secretary-Treasurer

Dr. Elaine Nelson, WHA Executive Director




2024 President: Announcement Coming in 2022!

Coming soon!

2024 CFP

Check back in January 2023 for the 2024 Call For Papers!

Submit A Session for 2024!

The paper and panel submission process will open on September 1, 2023. All submissions are due December 5, 2023. 

Please check this page for updates on the session submission process. In the meantime, you should create a profile on the WHA online abstract platform, which is required before submitting your work. 

Travel scholarship and prizes for students and public historians are awarded annually by the WHA. Please visit the WHA awards for more information.

2024 Program Committee Co-Chairs:

Forthcoming in 2022!


2024 Program Committee

Coming Soon in 2022!

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

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