The WHA’s first meeting was held in 1961 at La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since then, the organization has met every year in various venues across the West.

The most active time of year for the Western History Association is during the annual conference held for one week in October. Unique and informative presentations and a variety of additional activities scheduled for attendees to showcase the unique personality and history of the conference location make these annual gatherings a vital experience!

Conference events include: keynote presentations by renowned historians, papers on a variety of topics showcasing a recent research, and awards for papers and books published during the previous year and submitted to the Western History Association for consideration

The conference is also an opportunity to meet established authors, professors and other recognized experts in western history along with those who are making their own name in the field. Special events are also scheduled for entertainment and for savoring the unique cultural heritage of the conference site.

Future Conferences


  • Denver, Colorado (Thursday – Sunday, October 4-7)
  • Grand Hyatt Denver
    1750 Welton Street
    Denver, Colorado 80202, USA


  • Tucson, Arizona (Wednesday – Saturday, Oct. 9-12)
  • The Westin La Paloma Resort
    3800 East Sunrise Drive
    Tucson, Arizona 85718, USA


  • Newport Beach, California (Wednesday – Saturday, Oct. 15-18)
  • Newport Beach Marriott Hotel
    900 Newport Center Drive
    Newport Beach, California 92660 USA