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.
WWHA NEWS BITS
New Feature - 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 by WWHA VP Roy B. Young: "Who Killed Morgan Earp." View it on our Fireside Stories page.
Newly Updated - Roundup News and Registration
The 2021 WWHA Roundup in Fort Smith, Arkansas, now has its own web site at https://wwharoundup.org. There you'll find the latest event schedule (posted 06/12/21) and the online and postal Roundup registration forms. Click the link -- We'll see you in Fort Smith on September 1! Postal forms also are available in our Information and Resources section.
2021 WWHA Roundup - New Dates!
It is my pleasure to announce that the 2021 WWHA Roundup has now been rescheduled for September 1st-4th in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Following a membership poll, it was determined that waiting a few more months after our usual July dates would be best as we move past the fears and hesitations related to the current pandemic. Full details will be forthcoming in the March Saddlebag newsletter, the WWHA Facebook page and on the WWHA website: www.wildwesthistory.org. We will look forward to seeing many of you then! -Roy B. Young
Welcome to Our New Web Site
Our new site has been redesigned in its entirety with emphasis on simplicity, ease of navigation and mobile friendliness. Be sure to let us know how you like it!
WWHA Journal & Saddlebag
In the June 2021 edition of the WWHA Journal
Patrick Coghlan: The Man From Clonakilty - Paul O'Brien
Harrison Hamer - Texas Ranger - John Boessenecker
John Clum's Mysterious Stagecoach Ride - C. Gilbert Storms
"I Know I Will Go to Hell" - Roger Myers
An Epidemic of Violent Train Robberies: Indian & Oklahoma Territories 1882-1906 - Lonnie Underhill
And much more in this and in every issue!
Sample articles are available in our Information and Resources section.
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.
Wild West History Association
Real People - Real Places - Real History
"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. In this video, that assassin will be named.
Presented by the Wild West History Association
Additional Fireside Stories videos:
"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
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
Whether it is $10, $25, $50, $75, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more, your contribution to the Wild West History Association helps to continue the research and study of this important part of American history.
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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.
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.
Join or renew your membership via postal mail
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
WWHA Advisory Board
Dr. Paul Hutton
Bill and Karen O'Neal
WWHA Advisory Board Emeritus
Robert K. DeArment