Prepare to provide proof of vaccination: All conference attendees (regardless of vaccination status) will be required to provide proof of vaccination before October 11. (If you are exempt from the vaccination due to medical or religious reasons, you will be required to provide a Negative Covid-19 test – see below.) 

Prepare to take a Covid-19 test: The WHA strongly encourages all conference attendees to take a Covid-19 (PCR or rapid) test no more than three days prior to traveling to Portland. Why do you need a negative test if you are vaccinated? Recent studies have concluded that vaccinated individuals are just as likely to contract and expose the Covid-19 delta variant as unvaccinated individuals, and the WHA’s goal is to make the conference space as safe as possible for all attendees. PCR (saliva) or rapid (non-painful/non-invasive swab) tests should be readily available for you at your local pharmacy. Please make an appointment now for the week of October 18 so you can make sure to get tested before you travel. Remember that PCR (saliva) tests can take up to 24-72 hours to process.


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