For more information on the Pre-Con and how to navigate this webpage, keep reading! 


All of the Pre-Con sessions will be streamed via Zoom. You must be registered for the Pre-Con event to access the sessions and Zoom links. The Pre-Con is free for WHA Members. However, if you are a non-member who has registered for the in-person conference, you will also get access to the Pre-Con for FREE. If this is the case for you, please contact the WHA office (wha@westernhistory.org) for a registration code. 

Read more about the WHA's New Member Virtual Social (October 18) and the 2021 Presidential Plenary (October 19) below!

Browse the 2021 Pre-Con Sessions here.

The 2021 Conference Errata will be updated daily and is available here: 2021 WHA Program Errata 


Everyone must register separately for the Virtual Package (Pre-Con), even if you are already registered for the onsite conference in Portland. The registration processes are separate! To register for the Pre-Con event, simply navigate to the top of this page and click "REGISTRATION" or click here: 2021 Pre-Con Registration 

Registration is FREE for WHA Members. 


This year, the WHA is also hosting an online exhibit hall, so that those who are unable to attend the meeting in person can still enjoy discounts and news on the latest publications from our exhibitors! To visit the online exhibit hall, scroll to the top of this webpage and click "EXHIBIT HALL". This will take you to a webpage full of icons that represent our various exhibitors. Find an exhibitor you are interested and click on the icon (LINKS FORTHCOMING)! This could take you to a webpage full of discounts on various titles!


Sponsored by the WHA Membership Committee


October 18, 5:00 P.M. (CDT)

Featuring WHA Members:

Brian DeLay (UC Berkeley) and Mary Mendoza (Penn State)

Did you recently join the WHA in 2020 or 2021?

We'd love to meet you! Come to meet with other new WHA members and get tips from veteran members Brian Delay (University of California, Berkeley) and Mary Mendoza (Penn State University) on how to make your conference successful, build a professional network, capitalize on WHA resources, and begin contributing to the organization.

Submit your information to this spreadsheet to start making connections and networking with other WHA members before the conference. New member networking list URL: https://tinyurl.com/wha2021newmembers


2021 Presidential Plenary

"The Persistence of Right Wing Violence in the 21st Century American West"

Tuesday, October 19 6:00 - 7:30 P.M. (CDT)


John Mack Faragher, Yale University

Maria Montoya, NYU Shanghai and NYU


Kathleen Belew, University of Chicago

Kelly Lytle Hernández, University of California, Los Angeles

Joe Lowndes, University of Oregon

David Neiwert, Staff Writer, Daily Kos

Teressa Raiford, Don’t Shoot Portland

Ev Schlatter, Southern Poverty Law Center

Mark Trahant, Indian Country Today


In 1997, Richard White’s Presidential Address, “The Current Weirdness in the West” took up the issue of right wing violence in the American West by exploring the historical legacy and regional origins of the movement. But, what White saw then as perhaps a passing phase of “weirdness,” has proven itself, over at least the past four years, to be an enduring phenomenon in US culture and politics.

This year’s Presidential Plenary Session will focus on the most recent displays of right wing violence and insurrection in the United States with a focus on white supremacy’s historical and contemporary roots in the West. Bringing together scholars and activists, it will take a broad look at modern racial violence, from Cliven Bundy-inspired militias to police brutality against Black communities in cities such as Portland.

The WHA is located in the Department of History at the University of Kansas.

The WHA is grateful to KU's History Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their generous support!

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