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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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  • Wednesday, January 06, 2016 2:02 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Colleagues,

    The Nominating Committee seeks your input in creating a slate of candidates for this year's Western History Association election. Please submit nominations for: WHA President-elect, two Council members, and three members of the Nominating Committee.  

    From the WHA Constitution and Bylaws:

    The President presides at all meetings of the Western History Association and the Council during the President's year of service. The President makes appointments to committees and designates committee chairs. The President encourages the establishment of affiliated organization status between other appropriate organizations and the WHA.

    The Council consists of the President, the President-elect, Executive Director, and seven elected members. The Council presents a complete report of actions and activities to the membership at the annual business meeting. Elected Council members serve three-year terms.

    The Nominating Committee consists of five elected members each serving two-year terms. The Nominating Committee seeks suggestions from WHA members by February 15 each year and prepares the slate of candidates for President-elect, Council, and Nominating Committee.

    Candidates for all elected positions need to be members in good standing.

    Please email your nominations for President-elect, Council, and Nominating Committee by February 15 to any member of the Nominating Committee listed below.

    On behalf of the Nominating Committee, thank you!

    Laurie Arnold, Chair (2016)
    Gonzaga University

    Benjamin Johnson (2016)
    Loyola University Chicago

    Sarah Carter (2016)
    University of Alberta

    Susan Gray (2017)
    Arizona State University

    Josh Reid (2017)
    University of Washington

  • Tuesday, January 05, 2016 12:44 PM | Anonymous
    2016 Award information is now available! Please remember that all submission materials are due to committee members by April 1, 2016 to be considered. For more information visit the WHA awards page or contact the WHA office at (907) 474-6509. Good Luck!
  • Monday, December 14, 2015 3:35 PM | Anonymous

    Doing Battle with the Zombies of Western History

    Referee: Karen J. Leong, Arizona State University


    Anne Hyde, University of Oklahoma

    Lorena Oropeza, University of California, Davis

    Kevin Allen Leonard, Western Washington University

    Bill Coleman, Notre Dame University

    Patricia Nelson Limerick, University of Colorado

    The following session took place during the 55th Annual Conference of the WHA, October 2015 at the Portland Hilton & Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon.

  • Monday, December 14, 2015 1:04 PM | Anonymous

    Please submit your papers, panels, and poster presentations by January 4, and encourage your colleagues to join us for the fifty-eighth annual Missouri Conference on History. Hosted and sponsored by The State Historical Society of Missouri, the 2016 conference will be held March 9–11 at the Courtyard by Marriott and Conference Center in Columbia.

    The Missouri Conference on History is not limited to Missouri history topics. Proposals for papers on other geographic areas and from all historical time periods are invited. 

    The conference is particularly interested in proposals for complete sessions, including panelists, chair, and commentator. Anyone wishing to present a paper should submit a short abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae. Panel proposals should include a brief abstract of the panel’s purpose, short descriptions of the individual papers, and one-page CVs for all participants.

    All proposals should be submitted online. Details for submission are available at For additional information, please contact John Brenner, managing editor, The State Historical Society of Missouri, at or 573.882.7083.

    Although the conference typically hosts academics of all levels, the program committee would like to make a special appeal to graduate students. The friendly and inviting atmosphere provides an excellent opportunity for aspiring and young historians to present their work.

    Students should also apply for the Student Paper Prize ($250) and the Lynn and Kristen Morrow Missouri History Student Prize ($150). See for more information.

    Missouri Conference on History

    The State Historical Society of Missouri

    2016 Host & Administrative Sponsor
    1020 Lowry Street, Columbia, MO 65201
    573.882.7083 |
  • Sunday, December 13, 2015 5:02 PM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Western History Association Conference panel on "Zombies of Western History," will air on C-SPAN3's American History TV on Sunday, December 13 at 6:30pm ET and again at 10:30pm ET. The annual conference took place in Portland, Oregon this past October at the Portland Hilton & Executive Tower.

    Once the program airs it will become available on CSPAN’s website and on this website beginning Monday, December 14.

    In addition to this panel, CSPAN interviewed 2015 WHA President Elizabeth Jameson during the Portland conference. This interview aired Sunday, November 8 and is now available online here.

    Happy Holidays,

    John Heaton, Executive Director

  • Wednesday, December 02, 2015 10:40 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    As you may have noticed, our website is currently undergoing a major renovation process. Please bear with us as we work to bring you an updated, user-friendly website with a more diverse range of online content. As always, we are open to suggestions and are working to accommodate the many diverse fields of study within the association.

    Please e-mail all website suggestions to 

    Please look for an updated website at the start of the new year.


    WHA Staff

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