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Our membership includes many prominent and aspiring authors, historians, researchers, and collectors. But the majority of the WWHA's members, both inside and outside of the United States, are simply Wild West buffs who enjoy learning how it really was in the Wild West!
As a WWHA member, you will receive:
Six WWHA JOURNALS annually (published bimonthly) containing the latest research, informative articles, authentic photographs, book reviews, and much more defining "the good, the bad, and the ugly" in the Wild West.
Annual WWHA SADDLEBAG newsletter (published post-Roundup) with the latest on WWHA activities, its members, and other Old West related events.
An invitation to the WWHA RoundUp, a four-day event, held each summer in a historically significant town or city. Perhaps, the highlight of your WWHA membership is the opportunity to register and attend the Roundup! This premier event includes a welcoming reception, author, historian, researcher, and collector presentations, vendors selling new and scarce out-of-print, first edition books & pamphlets, Old West collectibles, art, and ephemera. Plus, silent and live auctions, breakout sessions, organized and guided field trips to historic sites and museums, and the prestigious WWHA Roundup Awards Banquet! It's the perfect time for you to share your Wild West interests with fellow Wild West enthusiasts.
PLUS... A free mailing of pre-Roundup news PLUS... A free copy of the Roundup program, whether or not you attend PLUS... A special post-Roundup newsletter featuring award winners, photos and stories of Roundup events and activities!
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Membership renewal notices go out two weeks prior to expiration. You will find your expiration date on the address label of your Journal.
Marshall Trimble and the Kyrgyzstan Cowboys
(from a WWHA email dated June 19, 2012)
I'm back in the saddle again. It's been a long, hard but wonderful ride of late and I'm still a little bushed. I was in Kyrgyzstan with a beautiful barrel racer, Shannon Jones; Miss Rodeo Minnesota, 2009 and finalist for Miss Rodeo America, Jenna Johnson; five-time World Champion Cowboy, Lew Feild; three-time World Champion Steer Wrestler, John Johns and 2011 NFR Saddle Bronc Champion, Cort Sheer.
Our mission for the State Department was to "win the hearts of the people of Kyrgyzstan for the U.S."
The Russians are pressuring them to kick us out and the media over there is pretty biased against America. The American Embassy figured introducing a little cowboy culture in the way of rodeo, etc might help relations as the U.S. really needs the base there to move troops in and out of Afghanistan.
We didn't really know our mission until we got there (12,000 miles) but the Kyrgyz really took to those cowboy hats we brought them and the roping and rodeo events we introduced to them. They are excellent riders but our guys held their own against these descendants of the Mongols.
We also mixed and mingled with the permanent personnel along with troops coming home from Afghanistan and those headed there. The morale is high and so is the American spirit. You'd be pleased and proud of the pride and professionalism of our Armed Forces.
I came back to work last Monday and was greeted with having to learn a new computer system. Had a couple of shows then off to Albuquerque for the WWA Convention to serve on a panel with Bob Boze Bell defending the honor of the Great State of Arizona against that undeveloped area just east of us called New Mexico.
See y'all soon,
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For those who strongly believe in WWHA and want to help it continue to achieve its goals, the GUNFIGHTER membership has been created. The higher dues are a contribution to help assure that all members can continue to enjoy WWHA.
As a Gunfighter you will receive all benefits of regular membership and will be recognized as a patron of WWHA with:
► A WWHA Gunfighter pin
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► Your name listed as a Gunfighter once a year in the WWHA Journal every year you are a Gunfighter
► A WWHA Roundup name badge, identifying you as a Gunfighter
► And last, but not least, the appreciation of the organization for your generous contribution
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A Big Wild West Welcome to our newest members in the month of April, 2013:
Brett Davies, Sandy, UT
Jim Halle, Stevenson, MD
Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Melfi, Denver, CO
Les Sweeney, Payette, ID
Make yourselves comfortable -- we're happy to have you here!
WWHA member John Boessenecker has an article in the August 2012 issue of Wild West magazine. "Gunfight of the Sierra Madre" recounts the siege and showdown involving Bob Paul, and the manhunt for the Larry Sheehan Band in 1888. The article is adapted from Boessenecker's new biography, "When the Law was in the Holster: The Frontier Life of Bob Paul." The magazine is on the newsstands on June 1, 2012.
WWHA member Robert G. McCubbin has an article in the May 2012 issue of True West magazine. Co-written with the magazine’s executive editor, Bob Boze Bell, the article is titled "The Outlaw Cowboys of New Mexico" and features historic photos from McCubbin’s personal collection.
Submit Your Articles to the Journal or Newsletter
Guidelines for Contributors
The Wild West History Association (WWHA) is dedicated to facilitating and encouraging research, study, writing, presentation, and preservation of the history of the Wild West, providing publications and forums for the enlightenment and enjoyment of its members, and to recognizing and honoring those individuals and institutions which make significant contributions to the knowledge and preservation of its history and lore.
To achieve and further these aims, WWHA actively supports and seeks to publish research into all aspects of the history of the people, events, and places that made the American West "wild" in the last half of the nineteenth century: the lawmen, outlaws, gunfighters, frontier scouts, rustlers, vigilantes, feuds, shady ladies, saloons, cowtowns, and mining camps.
WWHA’s JOURNAL is published six times a year. Articles on all aspects of the history of the Wild West are welcome. All submissions should be sent in the first instance to Roy B. Young, editor of the JOURNAL. They will then be reviewed and assessed by the appropriate member(s) of the WWHA editorial board and/or a specialist(s) in the particular aspect of Wild West history involved within the article.
Editor, WWHA JOURNAL
Roy B. Young
P. O. Box 759
Apache, OK. 73006
Editorial Board, WHHA:
Frederick Nolan (Chair)
William B. Secrest
Letters of inquiry are welcome; advice and assistance always available. If you are writing or have completed an article on any aspect of western history and wish to submit it to WWHA for consideration, please read the guidelines which follow.
Getting It Right
Have you done some original research on frontier history that begs for a wider audience? Have you discovered facts, photographs, fresh insights into the lives and times of such famous figures as Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Butch and Sundance or Wild Bill, or alternatively, unpublished details about some little-known but significant event in the colorful pageant of the American West? If so, the Wild West History Association wants to publish your findings.
Before you start writing, however, there are a few things you need to know.
First and foremost, you must write clearly. Tell your story simply and without adornment. Keep your sentences relatively short and to the point, avoid using words whose meaning you are unsure of, and, unless you are quoting someone’s actual words, avoid slang or profanity.
Critical or personal attacks of a hostile nature on another article or person will not be countenanced. Submissions must always be based on documented fact. Conjecture or supposition must be clearly stated as such. Always remember, when considering what to write and how to write it, that you are addressing a sophisticated readership who may already know a great deal about the subject you are addressing. You will need to convince them of the originality and comprehensiveness of your research and the validity of your conclusions by citing your sources either in the body text or in the form of footnotes.
To ensure that your work is presented properly and readably, WWHA’s editorial board is and will be there to assist you, to help make your contribution as accurate, as literate and as accessible as possible. If you are contemplating writing an article or have a work in progress, but are uncertain of how to proceed or whether it would be suitable for publication, the editor will be happy to advise you or to refer your question to an appropriate member of the board. Our aim is and will be always to enhance and clarify your work; indeed, like no other publication of its kind, the WWHA JOURNAL guarantees you will always be given a final opportunity to review the edited piece before it goes to press.
For instructions on how to prepare and to submit your manuscript, please contact the editor.
Guidelines for WWHA Journal Book Reviews
1. Style: The style manual we use is Chicago Style.
2. Length: Shoot for 500 words; consider the importance of the book if you need to go longer. The editor may need to shorten longer reviews.
3. Review header: Title in italics and bold type, author, publisher, year, pages, price. E.g., Rodeo Madness by Charles Malty (Remuda Press, 2008), 328 pp., soft cover, $27.00.
The review might be nothing more than a lucid summary of what the book is about. You might mention other titles on the subject, working around to where the book under review fits. Quoting an excerpt or two is often useful, especially if you wish to offer an example of the author's writing style or theme. Which leads me to: If the book presents a theme, makes an argument, or offers a revisionist point of view, explain it clearly, even if you disagree with it. If you wish to take issue, do so reasonably, which is to say, plausibly.
4. Smiled on: Fresh, lively writing. Frowned on: Excessive nit-picking, snarkiness, and cliches. Avoid cliches like the plague, as Churchill once said, such as: This book belongs on the shelf of every/This book is required reading for. The review should make your commendation clear without dinging the reader on the head. Also frowned on, qualifiers and superlatives such as fascinating, iconic, amazing, infamous, and so on. If you think the book is full of fascinating anecdotes, give the reader an example. Show don't tell, as the adage goes.
5. Advice from E.B. White: Omit needless words.
6. Smiled on: Fresh, lively writing.
7. Frowned on: Excessive nit-picking, snarkiness, and cliches. Cliches especially frowned on: This book belongs on the shelf of every/This book is required reading for. The review should make your commendation clear without dinging the reader on the head. Also frowned on, qualifiers and superlatives such as fascinating, iconic, amazing, infamous, and so on. If you think the book is full of fascinating anecdotes, give the reader an example. Show don't tell, as the adage goes.
8. Advice from E.B. White: Omit needless words.
9. Conflicts: If there's a potential conflict of interest, negative or positive, let me know so we can resolve it. For example, the author of the book you have been assigned had previously written a harsh review of your book; the author is a personal friend of yours. You should not review a book because you are acknowledged in it, or wrote a blurb for it.
10. Inspiration: Check out reviews - especially the difficult art of the brief review - in the book section of The New Yorker, newyorker.com; The Atlantic, theatlantic.com; Financial Times, ft.com; and Publishers Weekly, publishersweekly.com
11. Finally, and most importantly, when you're finished writing the review, print it out and put it aside. A day or two later, read it over slowly. If it passes muster, send it on.
12. There are exceptions to every guideline, just make certain you have a good reason.
13. Please do not use your review as an opportunity to excessively recapitulate what you have written on the same topic.
P.S. You retain the copyright to your review, though we would appreciate it if you did not republish it elsewhere until three months after it appears in the WWHA Journal.
Make certain you contact the book review editor if you have a book in mind that you'd like to review. That way you can be certain he hasn't already assigned the review, and that the book falls within the subject matter of the Wild West History Association.
Email to Roy Young, book review editor, at email@example.com
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