The Wild West History Association is dedicated to providing publications and forums for the enlightenment and enjoyment of its members, facilitating and encouraging research, study, writing, presentation, and preservation of the history and lore of the people, events, and places that made the American West "wild" in the last half of the nineteenth century.... the lawmen, outlaws, gunfighters, rustlers, vigilantes, feuds, shady ladies, saloons, cowtowns, and mining camps.... along with recognizing and honoring those individuals and institutions that make significant contributions to the knowledge and preservation of Wild West history and lore.
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WWHA Journal Back Issues
Misplace a copy of your Journal? Want extra copies for friends? Need a Journal from before you joined the WWHA? We have several back issues available! See our Back Issues page for details.
The WWHA mourns the passing of Roger Jay, respected researcher, historian, writer and friend. We extend our condolences to his family. Read about Roger in The Baltimore Sun.
2015 Roundup Dates
Mark your calendars! The 2015 WWHA Roundup has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, through Saturday, July 18, in Amarillo, Texas. Additional details will be posted as they arrive. Come back often!
20,000 Pages of OK History Found
The Oklahoma Historical Society has received 20,000 pages of recently discovered Oklahoma newspapers from the Kansas Historical Society, where the papers were found. WWHA member Mike Tower reports on this significant addition to Wild West history here.
We are proud to announce the addition of select WWHA Journal articles to our web site. New members can read works that appeared prior to joining, whereas non-members will find ample incentive to become part of the WWHA. Jump over to our Journal & Resource section now.
The December WWHA Journal
Bi-monthy editions of the Journal are included with membership.
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Nominations for the 2015 WWHA Board opens March 1 and closes June 20. If you are nominating a member please make sure to get an okay from the person you're nominating and that they understand they are serving a three-year term and are expected to attend both of the annual board meetings.
The nomination should also include reasons why the nominee should be selected, i.e. qualifications plus any other reasons why they would make a contribution as a board member. The nominations should be sent to email@example.com or Marshall Trimble's mailing address at the bottom of the downloadable Board Nominations Form.
The Wild West History Association together with the Ben Thompson Preservation Foundation are pleased to announce the BEN THOMPSON PRESERVATION FOUNDATION AWARD. A $100 prize will be awarded at the 2015 WWHA Roundup to the author whose biographical article we deem outstanding in meeting the following criteria:
1. The subject of the article must be a gambler, gunfighter or lawman from Ben’s lifetime, 1843-1884.
2. A connection to Ben Thompson will receive top preference.
3. The author must be a member in good standing of the WildWest History Association.
4. The submitted material must be unpublished and contain new information.
5. The WWHA will choose the recipient of the award with approval from the Ben Thompson Preservation Foundation.
More information will follow. Return to this page often for further details.