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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.
2018 Annual Meeting:
WTHA room blocks have been reserved at the Fairfield Inn and Suites at 1459 Knickerbocker Road, phone # (325) 482-8400, and the Staybridge Suites at 1355 Knickerbocker Road, phone # (325) 653-1500. The room rate is $96.00 for Standard King or Queen. The hotels are conveniently located 2.7 miles from the conference site. Another option is the Pearl Hotel, located at 333 Rio Concho drive and phone # (325) 653-4500, with a special room rate of $69.00 including breakfast. March 23, 2018 is the cutoff date for room reservations.
A preliminary session program is now available. Information such as the Thursday tour and the Friday night banquet speaker will be forthcoming.
A calendar of upcoming events [2018-2019 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 2018:
March 20, 2018 - The Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) at West Texas A & M will sponsor noted author, John Erickson, creator of Hank the Cowdog, who will talk about how he combines personal and Panhandle history in works like his classic book, Prairie Gothic. The event is at 7:30 p.m. in the Hazlewood Lecture Hall at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum. Link
April 6-7, 2018 - Texas Institute of Letters annual award ceremony and banquet in San Antonio, Texas. Link
April 6-7, 2018 - 7th Annual Conference for the Texas Oral History Association will be held in College Station, Texas. Link
April 6-8, 2018 - 102nd annual meeting of the Texas Folklore Society in Lubbock, Texas. Link
April 7, 2018 - World War I Symposium in Rockport, Texas, sponsored by the South Texas Historical Association. (program information on STHA's facebook page)
April 13-14, 2018 - 95th annual meeting of the West Texas Historical Association in San Angelo, Texas.
April 21, 2018 - Permian Historical Society meeting at the Petroleum Museum in Midland, Texas.
April 22, 2018 - Mason County Historical Symposium in the Odeon Theater (west of courthouse on the square) - "Hermann Lehmann: Anglo or Comanche?"
Older news on WTHA members can be found here.
We are seeking donations of items for a raffle for next year's conference. The money raised from the raffle will go towards funding the R. C. Crane Excellence in Heritage Award. Items sought include such things as shirts and caps (unused), books, mugs, history related posters, stuffed animals (new), gift cards, gift baskets, and other gift type items that would appeal to a potential raffle buyer. Does your organization have any of these types of give away items? We'd sure love to have them for the raffle. Contact Lynn Whitfield for more information or to make a donation.
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 to the 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: Former 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
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.
ANNUAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION
CONFERENCE SUMMARIES (includes photos and Session programs)
The R. C. Crane Excellence in Heritage Award
The Student Scholarship Award