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.

  • Friday, September 30, 2016 2:59 PM | Anonymous

    U.S. West and Early America

    The Yale University Department of History intends to make two senior appointments, one in the history of the American West and the other in the history of early America, both fields  broadly defined to encompass a range of approaches. Appointment to begin July 1, 2017.
    Applications are welcome from scholars at the level of advanced associate or full professor who have demonstrated exceptional scholarship and teaching as well as leadership in their field and the profession. Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans and underrepresented minorities. All applicants should submit a letter of application, C.V., and statement of research and teaching interests to Caryn Carson at Letters of reference are not required at this initial stage.  The review of applications will begin November 15, 2016 and continue until a suitable candidate is  found for each position.

  • Friday, September 23, 2016 1:12 PM | Anonymous

    Western History and the Midwest Virtual Issue

    As we thought about what to put in our first “digital extra” to give context to the Western History Association Annual Meeting in St. Paul, we decided to look at how the Western Historical Quarterly has covered the Midwest over its 47 years. We discovered a great wealth of material. However, like so many before us, we began to debate where the Midwest is or was and whether it includes the Dakotas or Oklahoma or Saskatchewan. So we stuck to Minnesota and its borderlands. We hope you enjoy these pieces that showcase the WHQ, its long interest in Minnesota as western and midwestern, and the fine historians who have written about it. We also noticed that we had few articles about labor issues in the Midwest or about white ethnic groups, both crucial to understanding the region, so we added two “classic” articles from the Journal of American History (a sister Oxford University Press journal). We’re hoping this will inspire more research and writing about the West, the Mexican North, the Midwest, the Canadian South or North America, and the broad set of passions that brings us together in St. Paul.

    The WHQ Editorial Staff

  • Friday, September 23, 2016 12:02 PM | Anonymous

    The Oregon Historical Quarterly (a peer-reviewed journal with a broad scholarly and general readership) seeks to engage readers in historians' discussions around the global and local significance of World War I — including the ongoing impact of that war on global and national economies, citizenship, civil rights, human rights, labor rights, gender, and the stability and fragility of empires and nation-states as well as the war's experience and legacies specifically related to the history of Oregon. To that end, we are planning a virtual roundtable, conducted in writing over several weeks, to be published in our Summer (June) 2017 issue.

    More information about the roundtable and instructions for submitting a proposal are available at:

  • Tuesday, September 20, 2016 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    The WHA has managed to secure rooms at a second overflow hotel.
     The Double Tree Hilton in Downtown St. Paul is offering WHA conference guests a standard room at $204 per night from Oct. 20 through Oct. 23. 
    To make a reservation at The Double Tree Hilton, please call (651) 291-8800 and reference “The Western History Association.  Because of high demand, we recommend that you make your reservations as soon as possible. The deadline is Sept. 30th.

    According to Google Maps, the Double Tree Hilton is a 7-minute walk from the conference hotel.

    Please contact the WHA office with any questions.  We look forward to seeing you in St. Paul.

    Best Regards,

    Rebecca George-Heaton
    WHA Program Coordinator
    (907) 474-6509

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2016 7:57 PM | Anonymous

    The Saint Paul Hotel
      350 Market Street, St. Paul, MN 55102
    Conference Overflow Hotel

    Dear WHA Members,

      Thank you to those of you who responded so quickly to our email regarding the need for additional hotel rooms in St. Paul.  The Saint Paul Hotel has set aside a limited number of rooms at $179 per night for WHA conference guests from Oct. 20 through Oct. 23.  Because of high demand, we recommend that you make your reservations as soon as possible. To make a reservation at The Saint Paul Hotel, please call (651) 292-9292 and reference “The Western History Association.”  The reservation deadline is Sept. 29th.

    According to Google Maps, The Saint Paul Hotel is about a 6-minute walk from the conference site.

    Please rest assured that the office is working to negotiate additional overflow hotels and will send out those details once we have more information.

    Please contact the WHA office with any questions.  We look forward to seeing you in St. Paul!

  • Friday, September 09, 2016 8:24 PM | Anonymous

    The WHA conference room block at the InterContinental Hotel in St. Paul is sold out.  If you still need a hotel reservation please contact the WHA office by Tuesday September 13.  The WHA Office needs to know how many rooms to request for an overflow contract with a nearby hotel at a reduced rate.  We look forward to seeing you in October.  

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  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 3:45 PM | Anonymous

    The University of Oklahoma is delighted to announce another 2-year editorial fellowship at the Western Historical Quarterly. For more information, please visit

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016 7:11 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Friends of the WHA,

     It is with a deep sense of loss that we share the news of the passing of Lifetime Member and award-winning historian,  Allan G. Bogue. 
    Dr. Bogue was a Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1964-1991.

    During his career, Bogue  won numerous awards for his work including, a Guggenheim Fellowship, 1970, Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Fellow (Cal Tech), 1975. He was elected and inducted into the National Academy of Sciences, 1985-1986 and shared in the Caughey Prize for best book in Western American history in previous year, 1995. He wrote 7 books including From Prairie to Corn Belt: Farming on the Illinois and Iowa Prairies in the Nineteenth Century, 1963, and Frederick Jackson Turner: Strange Roads Going Down, 1998. He also collaborated on 12 other books and published 73 articles during his career.

    He served in numerous historical organizations as president, including: the Organization of American Historians; Agricultural History Society: Economic History Association; Social Science History Association. He was a fellow of the Agricultural History Society, an honorary life member of the Western History Association, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

    Dr. Bogue will be honored and remembered at the 56th Annual Awards Banquet during the WHA annual conference in St. Paul, Minnesota this October.

    A full obituary and invitation to share your memories of Dr. Bogue is available online here.

  • Thursday, July 07, 2016 9:00 PM | Anonymous

    Visiting Research Chairs for American Scholars: University of Calgary Department of History seeks Fulbright Canada Scholar

    The Department of History seeks a Fulbright Canada scholar who will conduct research in the social and cultural history of Western North America, taking advantage of the extensive resources available in Calgary, both those at the University of Calgary’s special collections and at the Glenbow Museum and Archives. The social and cultural history of Western North America is one of the Department of History’s main areas of strength. Department members researching the region include George Colpis (environmental history,social, economic, and cultural history of the fur trade), Warren Elofson (ranching), Elizabeth Jameson (women, labor, gender), Heather Devine (First Nations and MéƟs) and Nancy Janovicek (social movements, women, gender). The Fulbright scholar will also have an opportunity to work with colleagues in departments of English and Art whose interests lie in on the culture of Western North America. The University of Alberta seeks a researcher who can contribute to the academic life of the department by teaching a seminar in his or her area of expertise, conducting research in the social and cultural history of this region, and developing interdisciplinary connections across the Faculty of Arts. Click here to download detailed information about this opportunity or visit  and for more information.

  • Thursday, July 07, 2016 8:58 PM | Anonymous

    The State Historical Society of Missouri announces two Center for Missouri Studies fellowship opportunities for the calendar year beginning January 1, 2017. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $5,000 for a project that results in the completion of a 6,000 to 8,000-word scholarly essay, exclusive of notes, on one of the two topics listed below. Essays must be completed by the end of calendar year 2017 and must reflect significant scholarship in primary sources, evidence familiarity with appropriate secondary sources, and contain endnotes that comply with The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. The finished product will be considered for publication in the Missouri Historical Review, although completion of the project is no guarantee of publication. In addition, successful applicants will be asked to make a public presentation based on their project at a mutually agreed upon time and place.

     Topics for 2017 Center for Missouri Studies Fellowships:

     1.      History of Native Americans in Missouri

     2.      History of Latinos/as in Missouri

     Deadline for Completion of Application: September 1, 2016

     Application Process: Applicants are encouraged to complete the online form available at A successful submission should include a title, proposal, list of main primary sources, proposed timeline, and evidence of applicant’s ability to complete such a project. In addition, applicants must submit a curriculum vitae no more than two pages in length.

     Award Announcement:  December 1, 2016

     For more information, please contact John Brenner, Managing Editor,


     The State Historical Society of Missouri

    1020 Lowry Street, Columbia, MO 65201

    573.882.7083 |

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