WHA Annual Conferences

The Western History Association's annual conference is a four-day event scheduled in October. It features over 120 sessions, roundtables, workshops, and professional panels on all aspects of the North American West. Participants enjoy meals, receptions, awards ceremonies, and tours to nearby historic sites and cultural centers. While the WHA Office is located in Omaha, Nebraska, the conference site changes yearly, with conferences held in San Antonio, San Diego, St. Paul, Portland, Newport Beach, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, and Tucson. 

Conferences feature all scholars who concentrate some aspect of their research or professional activities on the North American West (broadly defined). The WHA Conference is an inclusive, safe space to participate in lively discussion and engaging conversations about the historical profession and the significance of western history. In exciting and unique platforms, students, K-12 teachers, independent scholars, public historians, non profits, writers, publishers, archivists, museum professionals, and academics to connect with others across the field.

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Western History Association

UNO History Department

6001 Dodge Street

Omaha, NE 68182   (402) 554-5999


The WHA is hosted on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and benefits from the generous support of the College of Arts and Sciences and UNO Department of History. The Western History Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.