Membership Benefits

The WHA membership is open to anyone interested in the North American West. The WHA offers some of the lowest membership rates of professional history organizations. Join today to take advantage of the benefits members enjoy, as well as the opportunity to meet a network of peers enthusiastic about the study of the west. Membership, renewed annually, includes:

  • An annual subscription to the Western Historical Quarterly, the premier award-winning journal in the field with articles and book reviews by leading western historians.
  • Discounted registration rates for the WHA Annual Conference
  • Discounted subscription option for Montana The Magazine of Western History
  • Connection to a professional network of writers, scholars, curators, publishers, editors, students, teachers, and other professionals interested in the North American West.

Membership Categories

 Level A: Income $150,000 or above  $210.00
 Level B: Income $100,000 - 149,999  $170.00
 Level C: Income $70,000 - 99,999  $120.00
 Level D: Income $45,000 - 69,999  $95.00
 Level E: Income $30,000 - 44,999  $70.00
 Level F: Income Under $30,000  $45.00
 *Based on annual income  
 Student  $30.00
 Retired  $60.00
 Sustaining Member  $300.00
 Patron Member  $450.00
 Benefactor** Member  $600.00


**Formerly the "Donor" category. The WHA now recognizes "Donors" as anyone who donates to the organization. Top tier donors are listed in the Western Historical Quarterly. If you would like to donate to the WHA, please donate here!


We are holding our annual membership drive between March 1 and May 31, 2023. If you join, renew, or add time onto your membership between these dates, you will get 3 extra months FOR FREE! Don't forget to take advantage of this opportunity!

Join or Renew Today!

To join the WHA or renew your membership, use our online membership form below 

To join or renew by mail, download the WHA Membership Application here.

Questions? Contact the Western History Association Office with inquiries about membership!


Phone: 402-554-5999

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Renewal Policy

The Western History Association is now offering an auto-renewal option for members! Due to the limitations of our system, all members will be opted-in for auto-renewal. Renewals will occur on a yearly basis.*

*Renewals occur only through the online payment system. If you have entered in credit card information, your renewal will be processed yearly. If you opt to not renew through the online payment system (i.e. you send a check in the mail instead), your membership will not be automatically renewed. 

To Cancel Auto-Renewal

  1. Login to your MyWHA account 

  2. Click “View Profile” (when you login, you may automatically be in your profile)

  3. Click “Invoices and Payments”

  4. Click the “Stop recurring payments” button beside the membership renewal transaction

To Pay for Multiple Years in Advance 

To pay in advance for WHA membership, you will have to complete each renewal as a separate transaction. 

  1. Login to your MyWHA account

  2. Click “View Profile” 

  3. Under “Membership Details” navigate to the “Renewal due on” section 

  4. Click the grey “Renew button” to renew for an additional year. The button will show a different date, depending on when you first established WHA membership. 

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