HBCU and Tribal College Students: FREE MEMBERSHIP!

We are holding another membership drive! The WHA Graduate Student Caucus proposed this drive as an outreach initiative. Students who attend an HCBU or a Tribal college and join the WHA between August 1, 2020 and October 1, 2021 (or renew their existing membership) will receive a one-year WHA membership free of charge. At the end of the process, make sure you do not submit payment and email the WHA office so that we can get your free year of membership rolling!

Spread the word! We love welcoming new members into the WHA community. Forward this opportunity to your students and colleagues! Log into MyWHA to renew or join.

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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 two issues per year (Winter and Summer)!
  • 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
 Donor** Member  $600.00


**The "Donor" category is one designated for a certain membership category. If you would like to donate to the WHA but not hold the "Donor Member" status, 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

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