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Wild West History Association
Dedicated to the history and lore of the American West
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.

  • Our Latest Book Review

    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.

  • 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 Back Issues page for details.

  • In Memoriam...

    The WWHA mourns the passing of Roger Jay, respected researcher, historian, writer and friend.  We extend our condolences to his family.  Read about Roger in The Baltimore Sun.

  • 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 send us your writings!

  • 2015 Roundup Dates

    Mark your calendars!  The 2015 WWHA Roundup has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, through Saturday, July 18, in Amarillo, Texas.  Additional details will be posted as they arrive.  Come back often!

  • 20,000 Pages 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.

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 December WWHA Journal

Bi-monthy editions of the Journal are included with membership.


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111 Call For BOARD Nominations 111

Nominations for the 2015 WWHA Board opens March 1 and closes June 20.  If you are nominating a member please make sure to get an okay from the person you're nominating and that they understand they are serving a three-year term and are expected to attend both of the annual board meetings.

The nomination should also include reasons why the nominee should be selected, i.e. qualifications plus any other reasons why they would make a contribution as a board member.  The nominations should be sent to or Marshall Trimble's mailing address at the bottom of the downloadable Board Nominations Form.

111 Call For AWARDS Nominations 111

WWHA Members in good standing already will have received in the mail details of the 2015 Wild West History Association Awards Program.  The six awards categories recognize and honor those who have contributed the most to the study of Wild West history in the past year.  We urge you to submit your honoree nominations as soon as possible -- the deadline is February 28, 2015Click here to download a copy of the letter containing information and mailing instructions for specific award categories.  Winners will be announced at the July Roundup.


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.

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