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Latest headlines, notices, bulletins and tidbits of interest to Wild West History Association members.

  • Your Leon Metz Memories

  • In memoriam - Leon Metz

  • Welcome to Our New Web Site

  • 2021 WWHA Roundup Rescheduled

  • 2021 WWHA Awards Program

WWHA Journal & Saddlebag

Published quarterly and included with your membership, the WWHA Journal presents the latest writings, research, book reviews and more from many of today's leading historians of the Wild West.

The Journal is supplemented twice a year by the WWHA Saddlebag, available to view and download from this web site.

Join the WWHA

Our membership includes many prominent and aspiring authors, historians, researchers, and collectors. But the majority of the WWHA's members, both inside and outside of the United States, simply are those who enjoy learning how it really was in the Wild West!

Information and Resources

Guidelines on how to submit articles and book reviews for the WWHA Journal and Saddlebag, information on WWHA Journal advertising opportunities and other items of interest to read and download.

About the WWHA

Why we are and who we are. The principles and principals of the Wild West History Association.

Contact the WWHA

Have a question about an article, an event, your membership? Feel free to ask.


Your Leon Metz Memories
The March 2021 WWHA Journal will feature a special section of memories of Leon Metz. Both WWHA members and non-members are invited to share their memories and comments about our late friend, mentor, and fellow historian/author. Please send these via e-mail no later than January 15th to: We will have room for a few selected pictures that include Leon; so, if you have one that our readers might enjoy, please scan and send it via e-mail attachment (no mailed hard copies or Xerox copies, please). We will use as many as room allows. Additionally, Leon will be honored/memorialized during our annual "The Last Roundup" session at the Fort Smith WWHA Roundup in July, 2021.
Thank you, Roy B. Young

In memoriam - Leon Metz
Author, Historian and WWHA Advisory Board Emeritus, Leon Metz died Sunday morning, November 15, in El Paso at the age of 90 after a brief bout with COVID19. He had been in a state of Alzheimer’s since the early 2000s. Author of Pat Garrett, The Story of a Western Lawman, and numerous other great books on the Wild West, Leon was known virtually around the world for his dedication to preserving the history of America's past, and especially that of outlaws, lawmen, and his beloved city of El Paso, Texas.

He was a larger than life El Paso personality hosting The Leon Metz Show on local radio, even after the onset of Alzheimer's when he could yet accurately tell his stories. He was the recipient of numerous awards including several from WOLA, NOLA, and WWHA, as well as from the Western Writers of America and as the recipient of the Ruth Lester Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Historical Commission.

His genial and gentlemanly ways, his knowledge of history, and his friendship with literally hundreds and hundreds of folks from all walks of life will keep his memory alive in the hearts and minds of all who knew him. We've lost a true legend!

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl, four children, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Welcome to Our New Web Site
Our new site has been redesigned in its entirety with emphasis on simplicity, ease of navigation and mobile friendliness. Be sure to let us know how you like it!

2021 WWHA Roundup Rescheduled
Plans are developing for the rescheduled 2021 Roundup in Fort Smith, AK. The dates are July 14-17, 2021. Details will be posted on this site as they become available.

2021 WWHA Awards Program
We are pleased to announce the 2021 WWHA Awards Program. These awards are intended to recognize and honor those who have contributed the most to research, writing and service to the history of the Wild West. Nominations are open now. View the nomination guidlines here.

WWHA Journal & Saddlebag

In the December 2020 edition of the WWHA Journal

  • Who Killed Morgan Earp? "The Atrocious Assassins" - Roy B. Young

  • "Relatively Speaking" - Dr. Jeff Broome

  • "Historian Interview" - Linda Wommack

  • Ben Sippy: Tombstone City Marshal, Career Criminal - Part Two - Peter Brand

  • Hickok's 1865 Fatal Shot Replicated - Dr. James Bailey, Kurt House

  • And much more in this and in every issue!

Sample articles are available in our Information and Resources section.

WWHA Saddlebag
September 2020 Edition

Supplement to the WWHA Journal
Free PDF download!
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WWHA Journal and Saddlebag Indexes

Locate your favorite WWHA Journal and Saddlebag articles or see what you've been missing. Our Journal and Saddlebag indexes display full years and selected months of content listings for your research and reading enjoyment. Available in our Information and Resources section.

Join the WWHA

As a WWHA member you will receive:

Four WWHA Journals Annually
Published quarterly, containing the latest research, informative articles, authentic photographs, book reviews, and much more defining "the good, the bad, and the ugly" in the Wild West.

An Invitation to the WWHA Roundup
A four-day event, held each summer in a historically significant town or city. Perhaps, the highlight of your WWHA membership is the opportunity to register and attend the Roundup! This premier event includes a welcoming reception, author, historian, researcher, and collector presentations, vendors selling new and scarce out-of-print, first edition books & pamphlets, Old West collectibles, art, and ephemera. Plus, silent and live auctions, breakout sessions, organized and guided field trips to historic sites and museums, and the prestigious WWHA Roundup Awards Banquet! It's the perfect time for you to share your Wild West interests with fellow Wild West enthusiasts.

  • PLUS a free mailing of pre-Roundup news

  • PLUS a free copy of the Roundup program, whether you attend or not

  • PLUS a special post-Roundup newsletter featuring award winners, photos and stories of Roundup events and activities

Join Now!

WWHA US Membership

If you live in the United States, then this is what you want for new membership or renewal:

US Individual - 1 Year $75.00 USD

US Individual - 2 Years $125.00 USD

US Individual - 3 Years $175.00 USD

US Family Plan - 1 Year $90.00 USD*

US Family Plan - 2 Years $160.00 USD*

US Family Plan - 3 Years $215.00 USD*

RENEW US Indiv - 1 Year $75.00 USD

RENEW US Indiv - 2 Years $125.00 USD

RENEW US Indiv - 3 Years $175.00 USD

RENEW US Fam - 1 Year $90.00 USD*

*Family plans include primary member and immediate family - only one copy of the WWHA Journal per mailing

WWHA International Membership

If you live outside of the US, then you want this for new membership or renewal:

Int'l Individual - 1 Year $100.00 USD

Int'l Individual - 2 Years $175.00 USD

Int'l Individual - 3 Years $250.00 USD

RENEW Int'l Indiv - 1 Yr $100.00 USD

RENEW Int'l Indiv - 2 Yr $175.00 USD

RENEW Int'l Indiv - 3 Yr $250.00 USD

WWHA Gunfighter Membership

Gunfighter is the highest WWHA membership available, created for those who strongly believe in WWHA and want to help it continue to achieve its goals. The higher dues are a contribution to help assure that all members can continue to enjoy WWHA.

As a Gunfighter you will receive all benefits of regular membership and will be recognized as a patron of WWHA with:

  • A WWHA Gunfighter pin

  • A WWHA Gunfighter member certificate, suitable for framing

  • Your name listed as a Gunfighter once a year in the WWHA Journal every year you are a Gunfighter

  • A WWHA RoundUp name badge, identifying you as a Gunfighter

  • An exclusive Gunfighter reception at the WWHA Roundup

  • A "Gunfighter only" luncheon at the WWHA Roundup

  • A special Gunfighter session at the WWHA Roundup

  • And last, but not least, the appreciation of the organization for your generous contribution

Become a Gunfighter:

Gunfighter (per couple) - 1 Year $250.00 USD

Gunfighter (per couple) - 2 Years $475.00 USD

Gunfighter (per couple) - 3 Years $675.00 USD

RENEW Gunfighter - 1 Year $250.00 USD

Online payments are via PayPal. A PayPal membership is not required to join the WWHA.

Prefer postal? Print this form, fill it out, and mail it with your payment to the specified address.

Membership renewal notices go out two weeks prior to expiration.
You will find your expiration date on the address label of your Journal.

Information and Resources

Guidelines on how to submit articles and book reviews for the WWHA Journal and Saddlebag, information on WWHA Journal advertising opportunities, sample WWHA Journal Articles and other items of interest to read and download. Each article is in PDF format unless specified otherwise.

WWHA Membership
Join or renew your membership via postal mail

WWHA Journal/Saddlebag
Submit Your Articles to the Journal or Saddlebag
Submit Your Book Reviews to the WWHA Journal
Advertise in the WWHA Journal

WWHA Journal Sample Articles
WWHA Journal, December 2019 - "The Truth About the Chisholm Cattle Trail: Beyond the Legend" by Gary & Margaret Kraisinger
WWHA Journal, September 2019 - "Johnny Ringo's One Dollar Inheritance" by Wayne Sanderson
WWHA Journal, September 2018 - "Adventures in Wonderland: Identifying Old West Photos" by Daniel Buck
WWHA Journal, September 2017 - "The Wild Bunch on the High Seas" by Mark Mszanski
WWHA Journal, September 2016 - "Billy the Kid Death Scene: Reviewing Ballistic Evidence" by James A. Bailey and Margaret B. Bailey
WWHA Journal, March 2016 - "The Killing of Charlie Storms by Luke Short" by Peter Brand

WWHA Journal/Saddlebag Indexes
2018 Journal Index - Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec WWHA Journal
2017 Journal Index - Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec WWHA Journal
2016 Journal Index - Every WWHA Journal published in 2016
2015 Journal Index - Every WWHA Journal published in 2015
2014 Journal Index - Every WWHA Journal published in 2014
2013 Journal Index - Every WWHA Journal published in 2013
2012 Journal Index - Every WWHA Journal published in 2012
2011 Journal Index - Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec WWHA Journal / Saddlebag
2010 Journal Index - Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec WWHA Journal / Jan, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec Saddlebag
2009 Journal Index - Feb, Mar, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec WWHA Journal / Jan, Mar, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec Saddlebag
2008 Journal Index - Feb, Mar, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec WWHA Journal / Jan, Mar, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec Saddlebag

About the WWHA

Focus & Goals: 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.

On New Year's Day, 2008, the National Association for Outlaw and Lawmen History (NOLA), formed in 1974, and the Western Outlaw-Lawman History Association (WOLA), founded in 1990, united in the formation of the world's primary Wild West history organization, the Wild West History Association (WWHA), a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

A love of the history and lore of the Wild West is something people around the world share. WWHA gives us the opportunity to learn, to share what we know, and to enjoy the fellowship of others with similar interests. When WWHA members get together, there is no lull in the conversation!

We are fortunate to have as members many of the great historians and authors in this field of interest. However, EVERYONE who is interested in the Wild West, as defined in our Focus and Goals, should be a member of WWHA. The Wild West History Association welcomes you.

WWHA Board of Directors

President Jim Dunham, Cartersville, GA

First Vice-President Roy B. Young, Apache, OK

Second Vice-President Marshall Trimble, Scottsdale, AZ

Secretary Elizabeth Weathers, Springdale, AR

Treasurer Ron Woggon, Tucson, AZ

Past President Pam Potter, Solvang, CA

Past Treasurer Herb Marsh, Lincoln, NM

Dr. James Bailey, Bailey, NC

Alan Blanchette

Donna Harrell, Phoenix, AZ

Kurt House

Bill Hunter

Paul Marquez, Lakewood, CO

Ruth McWhirter, Collierville, TN

Carroll Moore

Michael Wallis

WWHA Advisory Board

Daniel Buck
Dr. Paul Hutton
Ed Kirby
Ron Ligon
Rick Miller
Frederick Nolan
Bill and Karen O'Neal
Chuck Parsons
Bob Pulcipher
Barclay Prindle
Charlotte Steele
Michael Wallis

WWHA Advisory Board Emeritus

Robert K. DeArment
Robert McCubbin
Leon Metz

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