56th Annual WHA Conference

October 20-23, 2016 - St. Paul, Minnesota

2016 WHA President: John Mack Faragher

John Mack Faragher was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in southern California, where he attended the University of California, Riverside (B.A., 1967), and did social work, before coming to Yale (Ph.D., 1977). After fifteen years as a professor at Mount Holyoke College he returned to Yale in 1993. His books include Women and Men on the Overland Trail (1979); Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie (1986); Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer (1992); The American West: A New Interpretive History (2000), with Robert V. Hine; A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the Expulsion of the French Acadians from their American Homeland (2005); and Frontiers: A Short History of the American West (2007), with Robert V. Hine. He teaches the history of the American West and directs the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders.

2016 Program


Browse or download the 2016 Conference Program by clicking on the program cover

2016 Leadership

2016 Program Committee

Stephen Aron, UCLA (Co-Chair)

Anne F. Hyde, University of Oklahoma (Co-Chair)

Katherine Benton-Cohen, Georgetown University

Carolyn Brucken, Autry National Center

Brian Cannon, Brigham Young University

Max Flomen, UCLA

Catharine R. Franklin, Texas Tech University

Jay Gitlin, Yale University

Andrew Graybill, Southern Methodist University

Trinidad Gonzalez, South Texas College

Michael Hogue, Carleton University, Ontario

Doug Kiel, Williams College

Jon Lauck, Senior Counsel to Senator John Thune

Amy Lonetree, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz

Michael Magliari, California State Univ., Chico

Tiya Miles, University of Michigan

Virginia Scharff, University of New Mexico

Theresa Salazar, Bancroft Library

Rachel St. John, Univ. of California, Davis



2016 Local Arrangements Committee

Michael J. Lansing, Augsburg College (Co-Chair)
Annette Atkins, St. John's University, College of Saint Benedict (Co-Chair)
John Anfinson, National Park Service
Kristin Mapel Bloomberg, Hamline University
Pamela Brunfelt, Vermillion Community College
Brenda Child, University of Minnesota
B. Erin Cole, Minnesota Historical Society
Wendy Jones, Minnesota Historical Society
Lori Lahlum, Minnesota State Univ.-Mankato
Patrick Nunnally, University of Minnesota
Steven Potts, Hibbing Community College
William Wittenbreer, Augsburg College


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