Western History Association

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The Western History Association (WHA) was organized in 1961 at Santa Fe, New Mexico, to "promote the study of the North American West in its varied aspects and broadest sense". Included in the field of study are the American West and western Canada. The Western History Association is headquartered at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.[1]

In 1965, WHA contracted Sunset publishing to print a quarterly called The American West Magazine[2] The WHA's publications now include the Western Historical Quarterly, Montana: The Magazine of Western History, quarterly; WHA Newsletter, semiannually. The association offers several annual and biennial prizes for essays and books, including the annual Caughey Western History Association Prize for the best book of the year in Western History and the Robert M. Utley Book Award for the best book published on the military history of the frontier and western North America (including Mexico and Canada) from prehistory through the 20th century.


  1. ^ "Department of History". University of Alaska Fairbanks. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  2. ^ American West Publishing Company

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