• Monday, March 14, 2016 3:39 PM | Anonymous

    The Office of Historic Preservation is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Governor’s Historic Preservation Awards. Nomination and program information is posted on our website and social media pages. We hope you can assist us in spreading the word even further by including a link in your newsletters, news sites, or websites. Projects, individuals, and organizations can be nominated for an award. The nomination deadline is Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

    For more information visit: http://www.ohp.parks.ca.gov/governorsawards 

  • Friday, March 11, 2016 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    The Utah Division of State History invites the public, scholars, students, policymakers, Indian tribes, and organizations to submit proposals for papers, sessions, panels, roundtables, or multimedia presentations exploring the theme Rural Utah and Western Issues. Sessions for the 64th annual Utah State History conference will be held on September 30, 2016.

    Although Utah and the American West are highly urbanized—principally a product of arid geography—some of their defining characteristics are open spaces and sparse populations. Outside of its urban corridors, the West is a region of small towns and scattered homes amid a big landscape. Its history is a mosaic of agriculture, ranching, manufacturing, community life, and culture. Unfortunately, it is also sometimes ignored in the wider histories.

    One of the biggest and most recognizable of western landscapes is Utah’s—the expansive range of the Great Basin, the peaks of the Central Rockies, and the canyons of the Colorado Plateau. Approximately 97 percent of Utah’s land area is considered rural. But this is not an unpeopled and unstoried landscape. About one in ten Utahns lives in towns of 2,500 people or less.

    Rural Utahns have grappled with economic development, the dynamics of in-migration, rural gentrification, and the retention of rural culture and identity. Land and resource issues—federal ownership of vast tracts of locally used land, scarcity of water, and energy development among them—are also common, as they are in the histories of other western states. This conference seeks to examine the historical dimensions of these issues, highlighting new, revised, or heretofore unknown histories of rural and western life for a twenty-first century public.

    The 2016 Program Committee invites proposals that explore the issues and histories confronting rural Utah and the broader American West. Submissions on other aspects of Utah history will also be considered. We welcome a range of formats, from the traditional panels and sessions to more innovative formats. We encourage full session or panel submissions, though we will make every effort to match single paper proposals with other panels and papers.

    Website address for submissions: https://heritage.utah.gov/history/2016-conference

    Proposals can be submitted February 1 to April 25, 2016

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  • Thursday, February 25, 2016 8:55 PM | Anonymous

    The Western History Association is proud to announce that longtime WHA member Renee Laegreid, has won the Best Magazine Article award for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for her article “Finding the American West in Twenty-First- Century Italy” published in the Western Historical Quarterly (Fall 2014 45:4).
    Laegreid joins many writers, filmmakers, actors and other artists whose works in literature, music, film, and television reflect the significant stories of the American West. The awards ceremony also recognizes inductees into the prestigious Hall of Great Westerners and the Hall of Great Western Performers, as well as the recipient of the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award, named in honor of the Museum’s founder. Each honoree receives a Wrangler, an impressive bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback.

    WHA Members can read Laegreid’s article here: http://whq.oxfordjournals.org/content/45/4/411

    For more information about the Western Heritage Awards, please click here: http://nationalcowboymuseum.org/awards-halls-of-fame/western-heritage-awards/western-heritage-awards-current-winners/

  • Monday, February 22, 2016 2:45 PM | Anonymous

    February 22, 2016

     Welcome to the new Western Historical Quarterly! Now that Oxford University Press is our publisher, we have set up a new online submission system through ScholarOne.

     Check out the new OUP/WHQ website at:  http://whq.oxfordjournals.org/

     We are very eager to see your work. As the official journal of the Western History Association, since 1969 we have published original articles dealing with the most capacious North American West—expansion and colonization, indigenous histories, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, regional studies (including western Canada, northern Mexico, Alaska, and Hawaii), and transnational, comparative, and borderland histories. Political, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual histories of a broadly defined West and studies set in all eras of the past, into the twenty-first century, are encouraged.

    Instructions about how to submit article manuscripts, the format and citation style the WHQ prefers, our publication process, and links to recent articles are on the new Oxford University Press/WHQ site at  http://whq.oxfordjournals.org/

     We’re looking forward to the advantages of this new system as it makes our publication process faster, but it is new for all of us! You can look at the ScholarOne WHQ site and register if you like at:

    https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/whq

     If you have any questions or encounter problems with the system , please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Sincerely,

    Anne Hyde, Editor and David Lewis, Executive Editor
    western.historical.quarterly.1@ou.edu

     

     

  • Thursday, February 11, 2016 4:50 PM | Anonymous

    The Amon Carter Museum of American Art invites applications for the 2016/2017 Davidson Family Fellowship. The fellowship provides support for scholars holding a PhD (or equivalent) or PhD candidates to work on research projects in American art that advance scholarship by connecting with objects in the museum’s permanent collection.

    The stipend rate is $3,000 per month for a minimum one-month to a maximum four-month period of full-time research at the museum. The application deadline is May 2, 2016, for a fellowship to begin on or after October 1, 2016, and end by September 30, 2017. Housing and travel expenses are to be managed by the fellow.

    Full description, including application guidelines, is at:
    http://www.cartermuseum.org/library/davidson-family-fellowship
  • Sunday, January 10, 2016 1:14 PM | Anonymous


    The Western History Association would like to announce that the WHA's past president and award-winning historian Patricia Limerick was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to join the National Council on the Humanities.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Three New Members to Join the National Council on the Humanities
    Distinguished Computer Scientist; Historian; and University Administrator to help review grant applications and advise the Chairman

    WASHINGTON (January 11, 2016) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), an independent federal agency that awards grants, announced today that three prominent and accomplished individuals --  Francine Berman, Patricia Limerick, and Shelly Lowe -- will join the Endowment’s advisory board. The board, called the National Council on the Humanities, consists of 26 distinguished citizens who make recommendations on grant applications and advise the Chairman.

    The three new Council members were nominated by President Barack Obama in the spring of 2015 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2015.

    After being sworn in, the new members can begin their service. The National Council on the Humanities meets three times a year in Washington, DC. The next meeting is in March.

    Chairman William D. Adams praised the new members. “Francine Berman, Patricia Limerick, and Shelly Lowe are distinguished, prominent leaders in their respective fields of study and I look forward to their insights and contributions. Their expertise will help NEH strengthen and promote excellence in the humanities for all Americans.”

    Here are biographies and quotes from each new member:

    Francine Berman, Ph.D., has been a leading thinker and pioneer in the field of computer science for decades. She is the Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in New York. She is also a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  In 2009 she received the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award for "influential leadership in design, development and deployment of national-scale cyberinfrastructure." She is the U.S. lead of the Research Data Alliance, an international organization created to accelerate research data sharing.  She is also Chair of the Anita Borg Institute Board of Trustees, co-Chair of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advisory Committee for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and a member of the Sloan Foundation Board of Trustees.  Previously, Dr. Berman served as Director of San Diego Supercomputer Center and Vice President for Research at RPI. Dr. Berman has been recognized by the Library of Congress as a "Digital Preservation Pioneer”.

    On her appointment to the National Council on the Humanities, Dr. Francine Berman said, "Digital information is transforming the landscape in all areas, including humanities research, education and preservation.  I am tremendously honored by this appointment and look forward to contributing and learning as a member of the NEH Council.”

    Patricia Limerick, Ph.D., is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she is also a professor of environmental studies and history. She is the author of the books Desert Passages, The Legacy of Conquest, Something in the Soil, and A Ditch in Time. A frequent public speaker and a columnist for the Denver Post, Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public, to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts, and to making the case for humor as an essential asset of the humanities. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the Hazel Barnes Prize (the University of Colorado’s highest award for teaching and research), she has served as president of the American Studies Association, the Western History Association, the Society of American Historians, and the Organization of American Historians, as well as the vice president for teaching of the American Historical Association. In January of 2016, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Limerick to the post of State Historian. Limerick received her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her Ph.D. from Yale University.

    On her appointment to the National Council on the Humanities, Patricia Limerick said, "My two older sisters were cheerleaders in high school, and I was not.  Thus, this appointment to the National Council for the Humanities gives me a chance to make up for lost time. I am eager to do everything I can to cheer for the under-utilized power of the humanities to benefit the nation and the world This is a cause I have believed in since the bookcases of my hometown public library provided my habitat of preference, while my sisters were out on the field, energetically rallying our fellow citizens in Banning California to a common cause."
     

    Shelly C. Loweis an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.  She is Bilagaana, born for Náneesht’ézhí Tách’iinii. Her paternal grandfather’s clan is Tábaahá.  Ms. Lowe grew up on the Navajo Reservation in Ganado, Arizona.  She is currently the Executive Director of the Harvard University Native American Program and was previously the Assistant Dean for Native American Affairs in the Yale College Deans Office and Director of the Native American Cultural Center at Yale University.  Prior to her position at Yale, she spent six years as the Graduate Education Program Facilitator for the American Indian Studies Programs at The University of Arizona.  During her time at The University of Arizona she was actively involved in the Native American Student Affairs Office and the American Indian Alumni club.  She has served on the board of the National Indian Education Association and as a Trustee for the National Museum of the American Indian.  She currently serves on the board of the Beantown Cats Alumni Chapter.  Ms. Lowe has presented and published in the field of American Indian higher education and is completing her doctorate in Higher Education with a focus on American Indian student success and services.  

    On her appointment to the National Council on the Humanities, Shelly Lowe said, “To me humanities is about place and time.  It’s the essence of a city and its people.  It’s the feel of the land and the people who move through it daily. It’s the beauty of community and the energy encompassed within it. It’s a piece of time that is captured, shared, and then forever ongoing through memory, story, and learning.  Humanities is what we see, smell, hear, and feel when we engage with the diversity of our country.  I am honored to join the National Council on the Humanities in their work to support, award, and share the cultural heritage of our diverse communities and to further promote America’s rich traditions, history, and cultures.”

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    National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating its 50th anniversary as an independent federal agency in 2015-16, National Endowment for the Humanities brings the best in humanities research, public programs, education, and preservation projects to the American people. To date, NEH has awarded $5 billion in grants to build the nation’s cultural capital — at museums, libraries, colleges and universities, archives, and historical societies—and advance our understanding and appreciation of history, literature, philosophy, and language. Learn more at neh.gov.

  • 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
    hilaurie@yahoo.com

    Benjamin Johnson (2016)
    Loyola University Chicago
    bjohnson25@luc.edu

    Sarah Carter (2016)
    University of Alberta
    scarter1@ualberta.ca

    Susan Gray (2017)
    Arizona State University

    segray@asu.edu

    Josh Reid (2017)
    University of Washington

    jlreid@uw.edu

  • 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

    Participants:

    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.



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