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Latest WTHA News

Welcome to the West Texas Historical Association Web page. Please feel free to browse our site and get to know us. Our executive and editorial offices are located at Texas Tech University.

2020 WTHA Annual Meeting:
The 97th annual meeting of the WTHA will be in Lubbock, Texas, from April 3-4, 2020. The conference hotel is the MCM Eleganté and phone number 806-763-1200. The room rate of $95 includes a free breakfast. The cutoff date for reserving a room at the meeting rate is March 9th. The registration form is now available, as is the Thursday Highway 84 Tour and the preliminary session program.

Notice: Due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 outbreak, it is with heavy heart that the April 3-4, 2020 annual WTHA meeting has been canceled.

Other News
A calendar of upcoming events [2020-2021 meetings, workshops, and links to related organizations and societies] is available for your convenience. If you have events you would like added to our calendar, please email us.

Upcoming events in March-April of 2020:

March 5-7, 2020 - The theme of the 52nd Annual Comparative Literature Symposium is “Indigeneity” and will feature keynote speaker Donald Blakeslee. The free event is open to the public and will be held on the Texas Tech University campus and the LUHCA Firehouse Theatre. Austin, Texas. Link

March 16-18, 2020 - Historical Society of New Mexico Conference in Silver City, New Mexico. Link

March 27-28, 2020 - 9th Annual Conference for the Texas Oral History Association will be held in Waco, Texas. Link

March 27-28, 2020 - Texas Institute of Letters annual award ceremony and banquet in Georgetown, Texas. Link

April 3-4, 2020 - 97th annual meeting of the West Texas Historical Association in Lubbock, Texas.

April 4, 2020 - Southwestern Federation of Archaeological Societies 56th Symposium at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas.

April 9, 2020 - 104th annual meeting of the Texas Folklore Society in San Antonio, Texas. Link

April 13-16, 2020 - Texas Association of Museums annual meeting in Bryan-College Station, Texas. Link

April 24-25, 2020 - Annual meeting of the Central Texas Historical Association in College Station, Texas. Link

Older news on WTHA members can be found here and on WTHA's Facebook page.

Donations sought:
Donations to the Student Scholarship Award and the R. C. Crane Heritage Service Award can be made online now by clicking on the donate buttons to the right.

 Who Are We?

The West Texas Historical Association has always been an organization committed to people who are interested in the history of West Texas. Because of our open-membership policy our association has been filled by a healthy cross-section of lay and professional historians. These include teachers, students, business people, farmers, ranchers, and engineers who have contributed to the growth of the organization. In addition, our membership has had solid institutional support from colleges, universities, libraries, museums, county historical groups, and corporations throughout the region and across the nation.

Pictured right: Scene from the WTHA Saturday business meeting, 2000.

Our Association is active. Each year we hold a conference in a West Texas city. We visit, present papers, and exchange ideas and information. We publish a selection of papers in our annual scholarly journal, the West Texas Historical Review. Also, twice a year, we put out a newsletter highlighting people, places, and events throughout West Texas. In addition, the Association works cooperatively with other historical groups such as the East Texas Historical Association and the Texas Oral History Association.

Pictured left: Past president Darlene Bellinghausen presiding over a session at the Midland meeting.

In addition, the WTHA promotes research and writing by giving cash awards. These include prizes for the best West Texas Historical Review article, the best nonfiction and best fiction books on West Texas, and the best student article. The Association also provides research funds on a competitive basis.

Please take time to look us over. Contact us if you would like to attend our annual meeting, present a paper, preside over one of the sessions, and submit one of your articles or books for an award. If you are from West Texas, or if in your heart you are a West Texan, we encourage you to become a member. Our dues are inexpensive. Our journal is well-known, and highly regarded. Our membership is international. And, the hospitality is just right.

Tai Kreidler, Executive Director
email: tai.kreidler@ttu.edu


 A Brief History
The West Texas Historical Association was organized in 1924 in Abilene at Simmons College (as Hardin-Simmons University was then called). In 1996, the WTHA moved its editorial offices to Lubbock and Texas Tech University, and in 1998 it moved its executive offices there as well. Since 1924 the association has held an annual meeting and published its scholarly journal, West Texas Historical Review (formerly the WTHA Year Book.) Officers and board members of the organization are all dedicated volunteers.

Throughout its long and distinguished history, the WTHA has encompassed a wide range of both professional and non-professional historians-- from lawyers and physicians to ranchers, business people, and teachers. Although their interests vary, members share a common desire to preserve the rich history of the West Texas region for present and future generations.

Pictured right: The book dealers tables and silent auction at the 2000 Midland meeting.

P.O. 41041
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
Ph. 806-742-9076
or 806-742-3749

CONFERENCE SUMMARIES (includes photos and Session programs)

Submitting Articles and Book Reviews to the West Texas Historical Review

For those planning to submit articles or book reviews to the West Texas Historical Review, you can view submission guidelines here. You should also view our recommendations regarding style and format of articles.

Please consider making a donation to these worthy causes by clicking on the "donate" button. Both awards are funded solely through donations and the Silent Auction.

The R. C. Crane Excellence in Heritage Award

The Student Scholarship Award