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Wild West History Association
Dedicated to the history and lore of the American West
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  • 2015 Roundup News

    Mark your calendars!  The 2015 WWHA Roundup has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, through Saturday, July 18, in Amarillo, Texas.  Additional details as they arrive are posted on our News & Media page.  Come back often!

  • Author!  Author!

    We want to make you the next published author in the WWHA JOURNAL.  No pedigree?  No problem!  What counts is your story and how well you write it.  See our Membership page for requirements on how to Submit Your Articles and

  • Historian Makes History

    The WWHA wishes to congratulate Bill O'Neal on becoming the first Texas state historian to be reappointed to another two-year term by Governor Rick Perry. The official notice came September 5, 2014, proving  that  history repeats itself, indeed -- or, at least, this historian does!

  • 20K Ppg of OK History Found

    The Oklahoma Historical Society has received 20,000 pages of recently discovered Oklahoma newspapers from the Kansas Historical Society, where the papers were found.  WWHA member Mike Tower reports on this significant addition to Wild West history here.

  • USMM Groundbreaking

    The U.S. Marshals Museum will be having their groundbreaking ceremony September 24, 2014.  WWHA members are encouraged to attend.  Visit the USMM website for news and information.

  • WWHA Journal Back Issues

    Misplace a copy of your Journal?  Want extra copies for friends?  Need a Journal from before you joined the WWHA?  We have several back issues available!  See our Membership page for details.

  • New Book Review (12 Oct)

    Tom Chaffin's Pathfinder: John Charles Fremont and the Course of American Empire is reviewed by Steven Wright.  Read it here or visit our Book Reviews page for many other enjoyable publications.

  • New Book Review (07 Jun)

    Julie Peavey Alexander's account of the 1909 Ada, OK, lynchings,  Citizens and Assassins: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and Vigilante Justice, is reviewed by Chuck Parsons.

  • WWHA Facebook Page

    Be sure to check out WWHA's Facebook page. There is a lot of activity between members posting old photos, gun talk, books and news about WWHA.

  • In Memoriam...

    WWHA has lost another faithful member of the association. Joel Frandsen passed away Sunday, November 16th at the age of 75.  Joel was a speaker at the Boise Roundup, a former WOLA board member, and co-chairman of WOLA's Price, Utah convention.  Price was the convention in which the members were flown in airplanes to the top of Tavaputs Mountain for a day of meetings and meals.  Joel was an authority on the Wild Bunch and wrote numerous articles about their activities.  He will be missed by all who knew him. A full obituary will appear in the December Journal


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Welcome to the WWHA

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"But the West of the old times, with its strong characters, its stern battles and its tremendous stretches of loneliness, can never be blotted from my mind."

i Our Focus & Goals

The Wild West History Association is dedicated to providing publications and forums for the enlightenment and enjoyment of its members, facilitating and encouraging research, study, writing, presentation, and preservation of the history and lore of the people, events, and places that made the American West "wild" in the last half of the nineteenth century.... the lawmen, outlaws, gunfighters, rustlers, vigilantes, feuds, shady ladies, saloons, cowtowns, and mining camps.... along with recognizing and honoring those individuals and institutions that make significant contributions to the knowledge and preservation of Wild West history and lore.

E New To the Site: Journal Articles for All!

The Wild West History Association Journal Page


We are proud to announce the addition of select WWHA Journal articles to our web site.  New members can read works that appeared prior to joining, whereas non-members will find ample incentive to become part of the WWHA.  Jump over to our Journal & Resource section now.


The Wild West History Association together with the Ben Thompson Preservation Foundation are pleased to announce the BEN THOMPSON PRESERVATION FOUNDATION AWARD.  A $100 prize will be awarded at the 2015 WWHA Roundup to the author whose biographical article we deem outstanding in meeting the following criteria:


1. The subject of the article must be a gambler, gunfighter or

lawman from Ben’s lifetime, 1843-1884.

2. A connection to Ben Thompson will receive top preference.

3. The author must be a member in good standing of the

WildWest History Association.

4. The submitted material must be unpublished and contain

new information.

5. The WWHA will choose the recipient of the award with

approval from the Ben Thompson Preservation Foundation.

More information will follow. Return to this page often for further details. In the meantime, get those pencils sharpened!

We are pleased to announce the 2015 WWHA Awards Program.  These awards are intended to recognize and honor those who have contributed the most to research, writing and service to the history of the Wild West.  Nominations are due by February 28, 2015.  Winners will be announced and awards presented at the WWHA Convention in July.  Download the PDF for complete awards categories and descriptions, nomination requirements and mailing instructions.  Come and celebrate with us!

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