The WHA and its patrons sponsor more
than twenty awards to encourage Western Scholarship. Our awards feature
books, articles, and personal merit. Check out award descriptions and
past award winners here.
Distinguished Speaker Initiative
In 2012, the WHA launched a Distinguished Speaker Program to recognize exceptional scholars of the American West. The initial list of distinguished speakers consists of all living past presidents. Each year, the WHA President selects five outstanding individuals to add to the list of distinguished speakers.
The Western History Association has partnered with the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies to provide K-12 History of the West lesson plans as a resource for educators. Each year, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies awards four $500 scholarships for teachers who submit an exemplary lesson on the History of the American West. Find lesson plans reflecting a wide range of topics in Western History here.