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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.
  • Access to the WHA Newsletter, which publishes one issue per year (Spring)!
  • 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 auto-renews each year for your convenience! If you wish to opt-out of the auto-renewal process please scroll down to learn more or contact our office!

Join/Renew Your Membership Today! Use the online membership form below or download the WHA Membership Application to send your payment through the mail. You can also sign up for multiple years of membership.

Wish to opt-out of a mailed conference program or your hard copy of the WHQ? Please login to MyWHA and update your profile preferences.

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


Phone: (785) 864-0860

 $150,000 or above  $210.00
 $100,000 - 149,999  $170.00
 $70,000 - 99,999  $120.00
 $45,000 - 69,999  $95.00
 $30,000 - 44,999  $70.00
 Under $30,000


 *Based on annual income  
 Student  $30.00
 Retired  $60.00
 Sustaining Member  $300.00
 Patron Member  $450.00
 Benefactor** Member  $600.00
 Institution/Organization $200.00

**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!


Join/Renew Your Membership Today! Use the online membership form below or download the WHA Membership Application through the button to send your payment through the mail. 



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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.

Western History Association

University of Kansas | History Department

1445 Jayhawk Blvd. | 3650 Wescoe Hall

Lawrence, KS 66045 | 785-864-0860 

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!