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.
  • 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 Categories

 $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


**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 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!


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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

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Lawrence, KS 66045 | 785-864-0860