The WHA and its patrons sponsor more than twenty awards to encourage Western Scholarship. Our awards feature books, articles, and personal merit. Check out award descriptions and past award winners here.

Distinguished Speaker Initiative

In 2012, the WHA launched a Distinguished Speaker Program to recognize exceptional scholars of the American West.  The initial list of distinguished speakers consists of all living past presidents.  Each year, the WHA President selects five outstanding individuals to add to the list of distinguished speakers.

Teaching Tools

The Western History Association has partnered with the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies to provide K-12 History of the West lesson plans as a resource for educators.  Each year, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies awards four $500 scholarships for teachers who submit an exemplary lesson on the History of the American West. Find lesson plans reflecting a wide range of topics in Western History here.
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