News and Announcements

The WHA Office often receives notifications about awards, scholarships, fellowships, and events that might be of interest to our members. Please send details to us about your programs and we will post this information to our news blog below.

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  • Monday, May 16, 2022 12:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Montana The Magazine of Western History’s editor Diana DiStefano and author Dr. Tracey Hanshew were on hand to receive a Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in April. The ceremony honored individuals who have made significant contributions to Western heritage through creative works in literature, music, television, and film.

    The “Outstanding Magazine Article” winning the award was “`Here she comes wearin’ them britches!’ Saddles, Riding Skirts, and Social Reform in the Turn-of-the-Century Rural West,” published in the Winter 2020 issue of “Montana.” This was the eleventh Wrangler Award for the Montana Historical Society’s magazine.

    “This is an extremely prestigious award,” Montana editor Diana DiStefano said. “Tracey’s article tells how rugged terrain, and the rough work of ranching, fomented a change in women’s riding styles from sidesaddles to riding astride and contributed to the women’s reform movements in the American West and nationally.” DiStefano goes on to say, “Hanshew examines these changes in saddlery and dress, women’s labor and recreation, and the larger effects on women’s suffrage and civil rights around the turn of the twentieth century.”

    Hanshew is an assistant professor of history at Washington State University Tri-Cities. She is the author of Oklahoma Rodeo Women and recipient of the Muriel H. Wright Award from the Oklahoma Historical Society for her article “Rodeo in Oklahoma is Women’s Business: How Lucille Mulhall’s Fame Created Opportunity in Rodeo,” published in the Chronicles of Oklahoma in April 2015.  

    To read the Winter 2020 article, check your local library or order a copy from the Montana Historical Society by calling (406) 444-4708.

  • Monday, May 02, 2022 7:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Southern Historical Association is now accepting nominations for the John Hope Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award and the John W. Blassingame Award. Nominations for both awards are due by June 1, 2022. Descriptions of each of the awards can be found below.

    John Hope Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award

    The John Hope Franklin Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded every four years to recognize an individual who has had a distinguished career in southern history, has contributed significantly to scholarship in the field, and who has exhibited outstanding qualities of citizenship. In order to nominate a candidate for the award, a letter describing the person's accomplishments should be sent to the committee chair, Charles Bolton, at by June 1, 2022.

    For more information about the award, please see:

    John W. Blassingame Award

    The John W. Blassingame Award, established in 2004, honors distinguished scholarship and mentorship in African American history. Recipients of the prize will be based on nominations from the SHA membership. In order to nominate a candidate for the award, a letter describing the person's accomplishments should be sent by e-mail to Steve Berry at by June 1, 2022, when it will be forwarded to committee members. Alternatively, submissions may be mailed by June 1, 2022, to: Southern Historical Association, 111 LeConte Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-1602.

    At least two supporting letters should accompany each nomination (though more than two are welcome). For nominations involving a primary role of mentoring African American students, the committee particularly welcomes letters from students, either graduate or undergraduate. Nominees from all areas of the academic community, including those from community/junior colleges, historically black colleges and universities, as well as from large research universities, are welcome. Nominees will be considered based either on distinguished careers as mentors of African American students, personal scholarly accomplishments, or some combination of both. The award consists of a $1,000 stipend and will be awarded every third year. The next award will be given at the annual meeting in 2022 in Baltimore, MD.

    For more information about the award, please see:

  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The first report of the survey conducted by the National Council on Public History (NCPH) and the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) on gender discrimination and sexual harassment in history organizations will be available on both the NCPH and AASLH websites ( and on Thursday, April 14. 

    The findings of the survey will also be shared and discussed in a webinar on Tuesday, April 19 at 3pm Eastern Time. Those interested in attending the webinar can register at the NCPH website at

    For more information on the background of the survey, click here:

  • Monday, April 11, 2022 7:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) is now welcoming applications for their NHPRC-Mellon Planning Grants for Collaborative Digital Editions in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American History and Ethnic Studies Program. The NHPRC will fund up to six grants of up to $60K per year for up to two years each. The program has three goals: to stimulate and support historical and scholarly digital editions that center the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in archival collections; broaden the participation of scholars of color and Indigenous scholars in documentary editing; and support underserved and underrepresented institutions and communities in this work.

    Planning grants are designed explicitly to:

    • Provide opportunities that augment the preparation and training of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) new to the work of editing and publishing historical documents; 

    • Encourage and support the innovative and collaborative re-thinking of the historical and scholarly digital edition itself--how it is conceived, whose voices it centers, and for what purposes; 

    • Encourage and support the early planning and development of significant, innovative, and well-conceived digital edition projects rooted in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American history and ethnic studies; and 

    • Stimulate meaningful, mutually beneficial, and respectful collaborations that help to bridge longstanding institutional inequalities by promoting resource sharing and capacity building at all levels, and that build into their plans a variety of means for achieving meaningful community and user input and engagement. 

    The National Archives works with scholars, archivists, and other practitioners at institutions nationwide to provide access to historical records that document the voices, experiences, and actions of the full diversity of people who make up our democracy, and that serve as foundational and generative sources for understanding our complex humanity.

    The final submission deadline for these NHPRC grants is June 8, 2022.

    For more information about the grants and how to apply, please click here:

  • Monday, April 11, 2022 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The application window for the National Archives Foundation's Cokie Roberts Research Fund for Women's History is now open! The Cokie Roberts Research Fund for Women’s History supports one to three annual fellowships for graduate students, journalists, historians or authors who perform new research to elevate women’s history using the records held by the National Archives.

    Recipients of the fellowship will perform original document research from the National Archives on women’s history for a published article or essay appearing in a newspaper, magazine, website, book, or academic publication.

    The application deadline is April 30, 2022.

    For more information about the fund and how to apply, please click here:

  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration now open for the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association annual conference in Portland, OR on Sat., April 23, 2022.    

    PNLHA is a non-profit association dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of workers in the Pacific Northwest (British Columbia, Oregon and Washington). Their members are trade unionists, students, academics, and others who share an interest in the history and heritage of workers in this region. They believe the labor movement must know where it’s been to know where it’s going.   

    The PNLHA 2022 theme is “Using Labor’s Past to Mobilize for Labor’s Future.”  The conference will feature examples, strategies, and time to workshop ideas for using labor history to inspire, organize and mobilize today’s workers. Attendees will be able to tour a labor history exhibit co-sponsored by PNLHA at the Oregon Historical Society, and join a public plenary at the Oregon Historical Society inspired by the exhibit. 

    Program information and Registration at PNLHA.  More information:   

  • Monday, March 14, 2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians are now hiring a Tribal Historic Preservation Coordinator. This is a full-time position in Valley Center, CA.

    Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

    For the full job posting:

  • Monday, March 14, 2022 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The South Dakota Historical Society Press is now accepting applications for their associate editor position. The application period will remain open until the position is filled, but applications will be considered beginning March 28, 2022. 

    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, a resume or CV, and three professional references to Dedra.Birzer@State.SD.US

    For the full job posting, click here:

  • Tuesday, March 01, 2022 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Arizona History Convention has partnered with the Historical Society of New Mexico to stage a joint, three-day conference that offers the public an opportunity to share in Southwest History. 

    The 2022 Arizona-New Mexico Joint History Convention will be held in Las Cruces, New Mexico on April 7-9. 

    For more information on the conference and to view the conference program, click here:

  • Monday, February 28, 2022 7:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library invites candidates to apply for the position of Curator of Western North American History.

    The library seeks applications from a diverse range of candidates. A background in library science (or work in special collections), while helpful, is not a pre-requisite. The library’s system of professional ranks allows it to consider people with a broad variety of experience. At its core, the search seeks candidates who are deeply informed about the histories and cultures of the Trans-Mississippi West, including the region’s Indigenous communities and the multiple trans-national migrations that have transformed the West.

    Candidates can apply for the job through Yale’s online jobs site at

    To be assured of consideration, candidates should apply by March 21, 2022.

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