WHA Advertisements and Exhibits

Why should you choose the WHA in 2021?

We hope you consider advertising and exhibiting for the 2021 Western History Association Conference in Portland, Oregon (October 27-30)! After reviewing your options, navigate below and click on "2021 WHA Ads and Exhibits" to make your reservations. 

Did you know...?

-The WHA's 2020 Online Conference drew over 1,200 registrants! This made it the largest WHA conference in history.

View or download the WHA's 2021 Marketing and Sponsor's Guide for information on exhibiting, advertising, and sponsoring at our annual conference (for a PDF file of the guide click here). Please don't forget to link the WHA in your 2021 Twitter feeds! #WHA2021 @WHAHistory

-WHA membership boomed in 2020, from around 1,060 to over 1,400 members! We believe this is a signal to the historical profession that the Western History Association offers its members and conference attendees access to the top scholars in the field, fosters growth for up-and-coming history professionals, and supports all kinds of western history activities--including teaching, research, service, public engagement, and professional development.

In the past several years the WHA conference has rapidly grown in attendance and program content. Our attendees are diverse in their professions, specialties, and career stages, representing graduate and undergraduate students, independent and professional historians, public historians, writers, editors, higher education administrators, K-12 Educators, and other professions. By sharing your message through our ads and exhibits options, you can connect with WHA conference attendees and membership!

The WHA offers some of the lowest rates for advertising and exhibiting at professional meetings and is free of hidden costs. We offer complimentary coffee breaks in the exhibits ballroom on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings, which is a perfect way to network with exhibitors and hold meetings with potential authors. We also pride ourselves in offering the profession with one of the most friendly, inclusive, and diverse gatherings for the study of history in the country! 

Direct your questions about Ads and Exhibits to Paige Mitchell in the WHA Office at wha@westernhistory.org and we ask that you review the WHA's "Best Practices for Ads and Exhibits" (see below).

To Reserve Your Ads and Exhibits Space - Click Below!

Advertising Options

WHA Conference Program Printed Ads:

Reserve your printed ad space by April 15, 2021 to be included in the official conference program. Each year over 1,400 WHA members, high school teachers, history programs, and businesses local to the conference site receive the WHA's printed conference program. 

Ad Specs (width x height):

Half-page (7.5" x 4.5")

Full page (7.5" x 10").

All ads must include a bleed or "safe zone" of 1/8th inch (.0125 inch). Please submit ads in high resolution (300 dpi+) PDF files via email to wha@westernhistory.org 

Print Advertisement Prices:

-Full Page Color: $1,000
-Full Page Black & White: $850
-Half Page Color: $700
-Half Page Black & White: $500
-Inside Back Cover: $1,300
-Outside Back Cover: $1,500

Reservation Deadline: April 15, 2021
Artwork Deadline: April 15, 2021

Digital (Online) Advertisements:

Reserve space on the WHA website to display your web banner! Our website receives more than 10,000 hits in the months leading up to the annual conference and we would love to have your organization or authors receive additional attention through this option.

Ad Specs:

All digital ad banners must be 450 x 100 px. Please submit ads (with or without linked images) in high resolution (300 dpi+) PDF files via email to wha@westernhistory.org 

Digital Ad Prices:

-3 Months: $175
-6 Months: $350
-12 Months: $700

Reservation Deadline: April 15, 2021

Rates increase by $100 after April 15

Rates increase by $200 after August 31

Tote Bag Flier Advertisements:

For a small fee you can share your message with all attendees by adding a flier to the annual conference tote! These coveted bags are a staple of all WHA conferences and often receive national attention on Twitter and other social media platforms for their durability and utilitarian practicality. Directly place your messages to conference attendees with this option! (Size limit: 8.5" x 11")

Tote Bag Flier Ads Prices:

-One flier item: $75

Reservation Deadline: August 31, 2021

Shipping Deadline to WHA Office: September 10, 2021

Exhibiting Options

WHA Conference Exhibit Booths:

Exhibiting in the WHA Conference Exhibits Ballroom is the most effective way to reach your target audience! We offer several exhibiting options to fit the needs of our affiliates and partners. Make your reservation by April 15, 2021 to secure your spot at the least expensive rate and to include your name in the WHA printed conference program. The exhibits map and booth numbers will be distributed this summer. SS&G Management has again been selected as our official exhibit service coordinator. For booth rental information visit their website

Each Exhibit Booth Includes: 

-Draped back wall
-Booth identification sign
-Listing in the WHA Annual Conference Program
-Listing on the WHA Website
-Two complimentary conference registrations (additional registrations will be given as booth size increases)
-Complimentary WIFI
-Pre-Conference Mailing List

-All exhibitors are required to register for the WHA Conference.

Exhibit Booth Prices:

-Single: $800
-Double: $1,400
-Triple: $1,900

Reservation Deadline: April 15, 2021

Rates increase by $100 after April 15, 2021 

Rates increase by $200 after August 31, 2021

Shared Exhibit Space:

Shared exhibitor space will be available in the WHA Exhibits Hall for those publishers unable to attend the conference. Display your publications for only $50 per title (limit of 3 titles). You may also provide one half-page flier to be placed with your books. In addition to the placement of your publications, our office will include a sign with your name and logo. 

Shared Exhibitor Prices:

-Limit 3 titles: $50 per title

Reservation Deadline: August 15, 2021

Shipping Deadline to WHA Office: September 10, 2021 

Best Practices

As and Advertiser and Exhibitor, please adhere to the WHA's "Best Practices for Ads and Exhibits" that are applicable to the service you purchase:


-All advertising orders are final.

-Full payments are due upon reservation. If you request an invoice, payment is due 30 days after you receive the invoice. 

-All artwork is due April 15 for guaranteed placement in the WHA printed program.

-Ad space is limited and requests will be made in the order they are received. 


-All exhibitors at booths are required to register for the conference. Each single booth receives two complimentary registrations (double booth = 4; triple booth = 6). Please contact the WHA to register: wha@westernhistory.org

-All conference attendees, including exhibitors, must adhere to the WHA's Code of Conduct and Enforcement Policy.

-Exhibitors who plan to hold author signings should alert the WHA ahead of time so the staff can help promote the event through its social media platforms.

-All authors signing books at exhibit booths must be registered attendees of the WHA Conference.

-It is the responsibility of exhibitors to contact SS&G to rent their booth furniture.

-Exhibitor Hours: Grand Ballroom at Hilton Portland

The WHA prefers that your organization set-up, supervise, and break-down your booth according to the following schedule. If booths fully dismantle before the exhibit hall closes at 12:00pm on the final day of the conference, organizations are subject to an early dismantling fee. 

Wednesday, October 27, 12:00 P.M. - Exhibitor Setup

Thursday, October 28: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. - Exhibits Ballroom Open

Friday, October 29: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. - Exhibits Ballroom Open

Saturday, October 30: 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. - Exhibits Ballroom Open

Saturday, October 30, 12:00-5:00 P.M. - Exhibitor Dismantling

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!

Western History Association

University of Kansas | History Department

1445 Jayhawk Blvd. | 3650 Wescoe Hall

Lawrence, KS 66045 | 785-864-0860