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Latest headlines, notices, bulletins and tidbits of interest to Wild West History Association members.

  • WWHA 2020 Award Winners

  • New - WWHA Fireside Stories

WWHA Journal

WWHA Journal & Saddlebag

Published quarterly and included with your membership, the WWHA Journal presents the latest writings, research, book reviews and more from many of today's leading historians of the Wild West.

The Journal is supplemented twice a year by the WWHA Saddlebag, available to view and download from this web site.

Join the WWHA

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, simply are those who enjoy learning how it really was in the Wild West!

Information and Resources

Guidelines on how to submit articles and book reviews for the WWHA Journal and Saddlebag, information on WWHA Journal advertising opportunities and other items of interest to read and download.

About the WWHA

Why we are and who we are. The principles and principals of the Wild West History Association.

Contact the WWHA

Have a question about an article, an event, your membership? Feel free to ask.


WWHA 2020 Award Winners

We congratulate the Award Winners for Books and Articles written in 2020

Best Book Award

John Boessnecker, RIDE THE DEVIL'S HERD

Best WWHA Journal Article

Peter Brand, "Ben Sippy Tombstone City Marshal/Career Criminal"

Best Scholarly Article

Jeff Broome, "Cody and Summit Springs" published by Denver Westerners

Best General Article

John Boessenecker, "They Shoot Cowboys Don't They?" October 2020 Wild West Magazine

Other Awards

President's Silver Star Award

Alan Blanchette

Lifetime Achievement Award

Kurt House

Nominate your favorites for 2021
Polls close April 15, 2022

WWHA Fireside Stories
The Wild West History Association presents Fireside Stories: Real People - Real Places - Real History with accounts of the Old West as told by real historians, not by television or film producers. Our latest video is from former WWHA President Pam Potter, "Growing Up As A McLaury Relative. The Winner Writes The History." View it on our Fireside Stories page.

Welcome to Our New Web Site
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WWHA Journal & Saddlebag

In the September 2021 edition of the WWHA Journal

  • Gunfight at the OK Corral 140th Anniversary

  • "A Desperate Street Fight" - Tombstone Nugget, October 27, 1881

  • "Arizona Affairs - An Interview with Virgil Earp" - Robert F. Palmquist, Annotations

  • "The Spicer Hearing - Wyatt Earp's Testimony" - Roy B. Young, Annotations

  • And much more in this and in every issue!

Sample articles are available in our Information and Resources section.
Miss an issue? Use the WWHA Journal Back Issues inquiry form

WWHA Saddlebag
March 2021 Edition

Supplement to the WWHA Journal
Free PDF download!
Read online or save
(9+ MB file may take time to download)

WWHA Saddlebag September 2020

12+ MB download

WWHA Journal and Saddlebag Indexes

Locate your favorite WWHA Journal and Saddlebag articles or see what you've been missing. Our Journal and Saddlebag indexes display full years and selected months of content listings for your research and reading enjoyment. Available in our Information and Resources section.

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Real People - Real Places - Real History

"Growing Up As A McLaury Relative. The Winner Writes The History."
Being a relative of an old West character has its challenges no matter if you are related to a "good guy" or a "bad guy". As a McLaury, former WWHA President Pam Potter had to overcome the challenge of family bias. Proper methodology and historiography are essential when researching and writing about the Wild West, regardless of whether or not your bias comes from family, Hollywood, or agenda driven books. Pam's goal has been to give people an understanding of who really were the McLaury brothers, apart from the Earps and the Clantons.

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Additional Fireside Stories videos:

"A Gunfighter's Weapon of Choice. My name is John Wesley Hardin."
Informal interview with Texas Historian David George. A gunfighters weapon of choice and the 1873 murder of DeWitt Co. TX sheriff "Captain" Jack Helm in Albuquerque, Texas, by shootists John Wesley Hardin and Jim "Creed" Taylor during the Sutton-Taylor Feud.

"The Gunfighters"
The Western movie gunfight was a staple of every “Gunsmoke” episode and “Have Gun Will Travel” and almost all of the so called “adult” Westerns of the 1950s and 1960s. With the one exception of when “Wild Bill” Hickok faced off against Davis Tutt in Springfield, Missouri, the typical TV or movie shootout is not a part of Frontier history. Jim Dunham, Director of Special Projects and Historian for the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia and current president of The Wild West History Association explains what the real gunfighter and shootouts were like.

"Who Killed Morgan Earp?"
Many of the Cow Boy contingent in Cochise County, Arizona, were considered candidates for "who pulled the trigger" that fateful night in Tombstone's Campbell & Hatch Pool Room. Finally, in December 2020, historian Roy B. Young located an article in a remote newspaper from 1893 that told the true and factual story of the murderer's identity.

"Myths and Truths in the John Wesley Hardin Legend"
This video by John Wesley Hardin aficionado Kurt House summarizes some of the myths and truths of what has become the legend of "The Baddest Man in Texas."

Join the WWHA

As a WWHA member you will receive:

Four WWHA Journals Annually
Published quarterly, 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.

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 you attend or not

  • PLUS a special post-Roundup newsletter featuring award winners, photos and stories of Roundup events and activities

Join Now!

WWHA US Membership

If you live in the United States, then this is what you want for new membership or renewal:

US Individual - 1 Year $75.00 USD

US Individual - 2 Years $125.00 USD

US Individual - 3 Years $175.00 USD

US Family Plan - 1 Year $90.00 USD*

US Family Plan - 2 Years $160.00 USD*

US Family Plan - 3 Years $215.00 USD*

RENEW US Indiv - 1 Year $75.00 USD

RENEW US Indiv - 2 Years $125.00 USD

RENEW US Indiv - 3 Years $175.00 USD

RENEW US Fam - 1 Year $90.00 USD*

*Family plans include primary member and immediate family - only one copy of the WWHA Journal per mailing

WWHA Gunfighter Membership

Gunfighter is the highest WWHA membership available, created for those who strongly believe in WWHA and want to help it continue to achieve its goals. 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

  • A WWHA Gunfighter member certificate, suitable for framing

  • 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

  • An exclusive Gunfighter reception at the WWHA Roundup

  • A "Gunfighter only" luncheon at the WWHA Roundup

  • A special Gunfighter session at the WWHA Roundup

  • And last, but not least, the appreciation of the organization for your generous contribution

Become a Gunfighter:

Gunfighter (per couple) - 1 Year $250.00 USD

Gunfighter (per couple) - 2 Years $475.00 USD

Gunfighter (per couple) - 3 Years $675.00 USD

RENEW Gunfighter - 1 Year $250.00 USD

WWHA International Membership

If you live outside of the US, then you want this for new membership or renewal:

Int'l Individual - 1 Year $100.00 USD

Int'l Individual - 2 Years $175.00 USD

Int'l Individual - 3 Years $250.00 USD

RENEW Int'l Indiv - 1 Yr $100.00 USD

RENEW Int'l Indiv - 2 Yr $175.00 USD

RENEW Int'l Indiv - 3 Yr $250.00 USD

Donate to the WWHA

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Information and Resources

Guidelines on how to submit articles and book reviews for the WWHA Journal and Saddlebag, information on WWHA Journal advertising opportunities, sample WWHA Journal Articles and other items of interest to read and download. Each article is in PDF format unless specified otherwise.

WWHA Membership
Join or renew your membership via postal mail

WWHA Journal/Saddlebag
WWHA Journal Back Issues inquiry form
Submit Your Articles to the Journal or Saddlebag
Submit Your Book Reviews to the WWHA Journal
Advertise in the WWHA Journal

WWHA Journal Sample Articles
WWHA Journal, December 2019 - "The Truth About the Chisholm Cattle Trail: Beyond the Legend" by Gary & Margaret Kraisinger
WWHA Journal, September 2019 - "Johnny Ringo's One Dollar Inheritance" by Wayne Sanderson
WWHA Journal, September 2018 - "Adventures in Wonderland: Identifying Old West Photos" by Daniel Buck
WWHA Journal, September 2017 - "The Wild Bunch on the High Seas" by Mark Mszanski
WWHA Journal, September 2016 - "Billy the Kid Death Scene: Reviewing Ballistic Evidence" by James A. Bailey and Margaret B. Bailey
WWHA Journal, March 2016 - "The Killing of Charlie Storms by Luke Short" by Peter Brand

WWHA Journal/Saddlebag Indexes
2018 Journal Index - Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec WWHA Journal
2017 Journal Index - Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec WWHA Journal
2016 Journal Index - Every WWHA Journal published in 2016
2015 Journal Index - Every WWHA Journal published in 2015
2014 Journal Index - Every WWHA Journal published in 2014
2013 Journal Index - Every WWHA Journal published in 2013
2012 Journal Index - Every WWHA Journal published in 2012
2011 Journal Index - Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec WWHA Journal / Saddlebag
2010 Journal Index - Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec WWHA Journal / Jan, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec Saddlebag
2009 Journal Index - Feb, Mar, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec WWHA Journal / Jan, Mar, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec Saddlebag
2008 Journal Index - Feb, Mar, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec WWHA Journal / Jan, Mar, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec Saddlebag

About the WWHA

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.

On New Year's Day, 2008, the National Association for Outlaw and Lawmen History (NOLA), formed in 1974, and the Western Outlaw-Lawman History Association (WOLA), founded in 1990, united in the formation of the world's primary Wild West history organization, the Wild West History Association (WWHA), a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.

A love of the history and lore of the Wild West is something people around the world share. WWHA gives us the opportunity to learn, to share what we know, and to enjoy the fellowship of others with similar interests. When WWHA members get together, there is no lull in the conversation!

We are fortunate to have as members many of the great historians and authors in this field of interest. However, EVERYONE who is interested in the Wild West, as defined in our Focus and Goals, should be a member of WWHA. The Wild West History Association welcomes you.

WWHA Board of Directors

President Jim Dunham, Cartersville, GA

First Vice-President Roy B. Young, Apache, OK

Second Vice-President Marshall Trimble, Scottsdale, AZ

Secretary Elizabeth Weathers, Springdale, AR

Treasurer Ron Woggon, Tucson, AZ

Past President Pam Potter, Solvang, CA

Past Treasurer Herb Marsh, Lincoln, NM

Dr. James Bailey, Bailey, NC

Alan Blanchette

Donna Harrell, Phoenix, AZ

Kurt House

Bill Hunter

Paul Marquez, Lakewood, CO

Ruth McWhirter, Collierville, TN

Carroll Moore

Charlotte Steele

Michael Wallis

WWHA Advisory Board

Daniel Buck
Dr. Paul Hutton
Ed Kirby
Ron Ligon
Rick Miller
Frederick Nolan
Bill and Karen O'Neal
Chuck Parsons
Bob Pulcipher
Barclay Prindle

WWHA Advisory Board Emeritus

Robert K. DeArment
Robert McCubbin
Leon Metz

Contact the WWHA

WWHA Journal Back Issues

Miss a Journal? Maybe not.

We have several back issues of the WWHA Journal available to order.

To see if the Journal you want is available, just fill out the form below and click it off to the Editor. It's all right if you don't remember the month or year -- simply do your best to describe the issue, article or feature and we'll do our best to find it for you!

Journal back issues 2008-2016 are $10 each plus $4.00 s/h to U.S. addresses and $15 each plus $15 s/h to international addresses.

Journal back issues 2017 forward are $15 each plus $4.00 s/h to U.S. addresses and $20 each plus $15 s/h to international addresses.

All Journal issues are subject to availability. Full details on how to order will be included in the response to your inquiry.