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  • Tuesday, August 29, 2023 11:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Spotlight on Humanities in Higher Education program supports the exploration and development of small projects that would benefit underserved populations through the teaching and study of the humanities.

    Grant activities may include curricular or program development, expert consultations, speakers’ series, student research, creation of teaching resources, and community engagement. Projects may benefit students, faculty, the institution or organization, and/or the community.

    Eligible applicants include small- to medium-size two- and four-year institutions of higher education and nonprofit organizations whose work advances the humanities at these institutions and among their faculty and students. These institutions should also meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • Community colleges

    • Minority-serving institutions (MSIs)

    • Rural colleges and universities

    • Colleges and universities enrolling a majority (greater than 50%) of students receiving Pell grants

    • Institutions that have not received funding from the NEH Division of Education Programs since 2018

    Draft deadline: NEH program officers can provide feedback on materials received before September 6, 2023. This may include a full draft, a partial draft, or even just a few sentences with a project idea. NEH staff can schedule a phone call or video chat to discuss the feedback.

    Application deadline: Eligible applications received by October 18, 2023 via will receive full consideration.

    For more information consult the Notice of Funding Opportunity. You may also wish to view the informational webinar on the program page, consult the list of Frequently Asked Questions, and/or email us at

  • Tuesday, August 22, 2023 6:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The History Department at Weber State University is seeking to hire an Assistant Professor in the History of the American West.

    Position Title Tenure-track Assistant Professor of US History
    Requisition Number F00341P
    Job Description

    The Department of History at Weber State University invites applications for a tenure-track Historian of the American West at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning January 2024 (or July 2024). The desired candidate will be required to teach Utah history. Preference given to candidates who also specialize in historically marginalized communities in U.S. History.

    Job Duties

    The teaching load is four courses per semester. The successful candidate will be required to teach at least one GenEd U.S. course per semester, senior-level Utah history and other upper division courses in their area of specialization as scheduled.

    Required Qualifications

    PhD in History is required prior to appointment. ABD candidates may apply, however, the PhD must be in hand by January 1, 2024 or July 1, 2024, depending on contract start date.

    Benefits Summary

    WSU offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement, a wellness program with release time and paid incentives, tuition benefits, free tickets to athletic and performing arts events, and paid holidays.

    Open Date 05/02/2023
    Close Date 09/30/2023
    Open Until Filled No
    Notes to Applicant

    If you are passionate about what you could offer and accomplish here at WSU, we would love to hear from you. The position comes with a generous benefits package.

    To apply, please complete the online application and attach a letter of application, current CV, Utah History syllabus, and the names and contact information for three professional references (if a candidate has not completed the doctorate, one reference must be the candidate’s advisor).

    Applications must be received by September 30, 2023. Criminal background check required as a condition of employment.

    The Department of History and Weber State University is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We welcome applications from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our department and university community.

    Weber State University is in the process of becoming an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), with a growing population of Latinx students. Weber State University was built on land that has been cared for by the Fremont, Goshute, Paiute, Ute, and Shoshone peoples, and recognizes, validates, respects, and honors these sovereign nations and their traditions, cultures, and histories.

    Documents Needed To Apply

    Required Documents

    1. Cover Letter
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Other Document 1
    4. List of References with Contact Info

    WSU Applicant Job Site

  • Friday, August 11, 2023 9:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Humanities Center invites applications for academic-year or one-semester residential fellowships. Mid-career, senior, and emerging scholars from all areas of the humanities with a strong record of peer-reviewed work are encouraged to apply.

    Scholars from all parts of the globe are eligible; stipends and travel expenses are provided. Fellowship applicants must have a PhD or equivalent scholarly credentials. Fellowships are supported by the Center’s own endowment, private foundation grants, contributions from alumniand friends, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Located in the vibrant Research Triangle region of North Carolina, the Center affords access to the rich cultural and intellectual communities supported by the area’s research institutes, universities, and dynamic arts scene. Fellows enjoy private studies, in-house dining, and superb library services that deliver all research materials.

    Applications and all accompanying materials are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT, October 5, 2023. For more information and to apply, please visit:

    Application requirements:

    Fellowship applicants are asked to complete the online application form and to upload the following documents:

    ● 1,000-word project proposal

    ● Short bibliography (up to 2 pages)

    ● Curriculum vitae (up to 4 pages)

    ● One-page tentative outline of the structure of the project (if the project is a book, provide an outline of chapters; otherwise, give an outline of the components of the project and their progress to date)

    Applicants will also be asked to provide names and contact information for three references. References will receive an email prompt inviting them to upload a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant. All letters are also due by October 5, 2023.

    We strongly recommend applicants read through our Frequently Asked Questions before beginning their application. Questions can be emailed to

  • Thursday, August 10, 2023 11:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Council for Public History (NCPH) awards recognize excellence in the diverse ways public historians apply their skills to the world around us. The purpose of the awards program is to promote professionalism and best practices among public historians and to raise awareness about their activities. Submissions for the Book Award and Kelley Award are due November 1, 2023; all other awards (the Outstanding Public History Project Award, Grassroots Public History Award, Excellence in Consulting Awards, New Professional Awards, and Student Awards) are due December 1, 2023. Help us acknowledge extraordinary work by nominating yourself or a colleague. A full list of awards and submission details is available at,

  • Wednesday, July 26, 2023 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear WHA Membership,

    I regretfully write to inform you that Dr. Arthur "Art" Gómez, western history scholar, died on March 11, 2022, in an automobile accident near Maxwell, New Mexico. He was 75 years old. This news did not reach the Western History Association last year, so we felt it should be important to inform members as soon as possible. 

    Gómez was an active member of the WHA and served on numerous committees including multiple Nominating, Local Arrangements, and Program committees; the Autry and Athearn Award committees; as well as the Western Historical Quarterly Board of Editors and WHA Council. You can access his obituary here to learn more about Dr. Gómez's life.

    You can also read more about Dr. Gómez's significant contributions to the field of western history and the WHA in a message written by WHA member Chris Huggard and Gómez's wife, Penny. 


    Elaine Nelson, WHA Executive Director

    Arthur Raymond Gómez (Dec. 5, 1946-March 11, 2022)

    It is with a heavy heart that we submit the obituary of Arthur “Art” Raymond Gómez. On his way to his aunt Ruth Lobato’s funeral in Denver to sing at the memorial, Art perished in an automobile accident. On March 11, 2022, as he traveled north on Interstate 25, near Maxwell, New Mexico, he either hit black ice or caught a wind shear, causing his new truck to crash. The isolation caused by the Covid pandemic delayed news getting to many of his professional colleagues.

    Born on December 5, 1946, in Cortez, Colorado, “Artie” as he was known in his youth was born into a family of the American West. He was the third son of Bernarda Valdez-Lobato and Everardo Ramón “Ray” Gómez. The family had lost two infant boys Robert and James, so Art became the lone son. He had two sisters, the late-Angela Marie, seven years his senior, and Cynthia “Cyndi” Kathryn Gómez, six years his junior. The family moved to Denver in 1950 when Art’s father decided to work in the wholesale lumber business after having worked in the sawmill community of McPhee, Colorado. Ray had served as a radio waist-gunner on a B-26 Martin Marauder, flying 63 missions over Europe during World War II, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. Mr. Gómez instilled in Art a deep appreciation of narrative history often quizzing him on the stories he shared from the books, developing in Art the analytical skills he later tapped into as a professional historian.

    In 1956, the family moved to Durango, Colorado, so Art’s father could start his wood molding company, Las Animas Wood Products. While attending Durango High School, Art earned a reputation as a high-level athlete, playing football, basketball, and track (1964 state champions). One teammate reflected that he “ran like a gazelle.” Choosing not to follow his father into the lumbering business, he did reflect often on this decision. He remained proud of his father, however, dedicating Forests Under Fire (2001), a book he co-edited with Chris Huggard, to his father and his brothers in the industry. When logging waned in the Southwest, he quoted his father in the volume: “There are only a few of us left. Weyerhauser, Georgia Pacific, and your uncle [Art] and me.”

    When Art himself returned in 1974 from his four-year tour of duty in Vietnam having served in the U.S. Air Force as a translator of Chinese Mandarin, he related in the preface to the book that “in the isolated world of southwestern Colorado, it seemed to me that only one industrial endeavor beckoned to vigorous Hispanic males, and that was the lumber industry.” This reflection later resonated with those who knew Art well because he detested being stereotyped as “just a Chicano historian” because he viewed himself as a generalist of the history of the twentieth- century West, especially concerning economics, public lands, and the National Park Service. He was Hispanic, of course, but he simply wanted to be seen as an American, a western American who studied and wrote about the Southwest, in particular.

    Still, he retained a deep appreciation of and pride in his roots. His love of his heritage was reflected in his music. After having played in the Rock band, “Ezra,” while attending Fort Lewis College after his military service, he devoted his musical talents later in life to performing countless mariachi songs and Mexican corridos with other bands and individually. At Western History Association conferences, he sang and played guitar in his room that at times led to hotel officials calling off late-night sing-a-longs with Virginia Scharff and other musicians who were always surrounded by the “UNM mafia,” as the western historians from the University of New Mexico became known in the 1990s. Art was beloved for his friendly demeanor and fun-loving personality and admired for his unique intellect and insightfulness. As a professional historian, he quietly made a name for himself applying theoretical and practical concepts in his narrative histories. He served on the WHA nominating committee that chose Richard W. Etulain for president, a selection he advocated for and was very proud of. He also served on the council of the American Historical Association.

    After earning a bachelor’s degree in history and Spanish at Fort Lewis College and a master’s degree in Asian Studies at the University of Arizona in the 1970s, Art went on to earn a PhD in 1990 in the history of the 20th Century US West under renowned historian Gerald D. Nash. Even before he finished the doctorate, he was hired by the National Park Service in 1987. This position, he claimed, assured him he was on the right track professionally. A webpage of the American Historical Association quoted him concerning his choice to seek a PhD in history: “As a graduate student, I consistently questioned the importance of my educational vocation. It was not until my career in preservation history began, however, that I came to fully appreciate the meaning of the word 'professionalism.'" He began his career at San Antonio Missions National Historic Park before serving as a regional historian from 1990 on for most of his two-plus decades in the Intermountain Region of the Park Service in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Among his favorite duties was when he served as the history tour guide and translator for his Mexican counterparts in the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia and when he completed numerous interviews of Japanese pilots who bombed Pearl Harbor for an oral history project during the 50th anniversary commemoration. He received numerous service honors, including two Outstanding Achievement awards from different offices in the Park Service. He also completed countless historical reports on a wide variety of topics from Chamizal National Memorial to Lake Mead National Recreation Area to the Amarillo (Texas) Helium works, among others.

    He and his wife Penny shared a deep appreciation of history and archeology, her avocational field of training. She was a museum educator who immersed herself in the diverse cultures of New Mexico, teaching children and training docents at the Museum of International Folk Art and the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. Together they collaborated on several projects, including an oral history one involving Park Service officials. Penny, Art said, “bolsters what little I know about archeology while I share my historical knowledge with her.” Their combined interests created a magical relationship based on their love of the rich southwestern past and of each other.

    Art wrote numerous essays and book chapters in his career. His publications are highlighted by several books: A Most Singular Country: A History of Occupation in the Big Bend (Brigham Young Univ. Press, 1990); Quest for the Golden Circle: The Four Corners and the Metropolitan West, 1945-1970 (Univ. of New Mexico Press, 1994); co-edited with Chris Huggard, Forests Under Fire: A Century of Ecosystem Mismanagement in the Southwest (Univ. of AZ Press, 2001); authored with photographs by Lucian Niemeyer New Mexico: Images of a Land and Its People (UNM Press, 2004); and, co-author with Bob Spude and Joe Sanchez, New Mexico: A History (Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 2013).

    Art is survived by Christine Penelope “Penny” Gómez Taylor, his wife of 32 years, his sister Cyndi Ranson and husband Nick, son Paul Arthur Gómez, stepchildren John Caldwell, Sally Horrobin, and Ellen Caldwell and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Angie, and youngest son Christian Michael Gómez. He is greatly missed by his colleagues in the history profession. Two weeks after his passing, colleague Bill Gwaltney declared, “He was a lovely man and will be very much missed.” We will never forget you, Art Gómez.

    Penny Gómez Taylor, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Chris Huggard, Fayetteville, Arkansas

    July 24, 2023

  • Tuesday, July 18, 2023 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Baylor University seeks an Associate Professor to (Full) Professor of Southwest Borderlands History to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses & conduct research in this area. Details for this position can be found at Interfolio, and will open on July 1, 2023.


    The successful candidate will

     hold a doctorate in History or a related field.

     be able to demonstrate a research and teaching agenda appropriate for an R1 institution and a willingness to seek external research funding.

    We especially welcome applications from candidates whose expertise could include the history of Indigenous peoples and/or who could teach Texas history.

    Application Instructions

    Please submit the following initial materials electronically via Interfolio, (a) letter of interest, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) an official transcript for the highest degree conferred, and (d) a list of three references with contact information. The application deadline for initial materials is Friday, October 13, 2023.

    At a later time, applicants considered for interviews will be asked to provide a response to Baylor's Christian mission, a sample syllabus, and an article-length writing sample representative of current research (published or unpublished). Recommendation letters will also be requested from references at this time.

    Baylor University is committed to making information and resources that are available via the web accessible for all users. If you are a job seeker and need accessibility assistance or an accommodation to apply for one of our open positions, please call 254-710-2000.

    Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is the oldest college in Texas. With a population of around

    21,000 students, Baylor is one of the top universities in the nation, having just been named an R1 institution by the Carnegie Classification in 2022. Baylor is also on the honor roll of the "Great Colleges to Work For" from The Chronicle of Higher Education, Baylor offers competitive salaries and benefits while giving faculty and staff the chance to live in one of the fastest-growing parts of the state. Our strategic plan, Illuminate, guides the University as we continue to live up to Baylor's mission of educating men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.

    Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university governed by a predominantly Baptist Board of Regents and is operated within the Christian-oriented aims and ideals of Baptists and affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, a cooperative association of autonomous Texas Baptist churches. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, military service, genetic information, and disability. The University prescribes standards of personal conduct that are consistent with its religious mission and values. Baylor’s commitment to equal opportunity and respect of others does not undermine the validity and effect of the constitutional and statutory protections for its religious liberty, including, without limitation, the religious organization exemption under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the religious exemption to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, among others. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

  • Friday, June 30, 2023 9:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The WHA and broader western history community was saddened to learn news of the death of John R. Wunder. The WHA thanks Professor Wunder's family for approving the following obituary, written by Andrew Graybill (Co-Director of the SMU Clements Center for Southwest Studies) for WHA members and beyond. Once it is available, the WHA will also post a link here to John's official obituary in the Lincoln Journal Star.

    John Remley Wunder (1945-2023)

    John R. Wunder died on Sunday, June 25, 2023, in Lincoln, NE at the age of 78.  He leaves behind a remarkable legacy of scholarly work and devoted mentorship.  He is already missed.

    John was born on January 7, 1945, in the small town of Vinton, Iowa, and grew up in nearby Dysart, as an only child.  His mother Mary was a schoolteacher, and his father, Arnold, worked as a mechanic at a local gas station and later owned a business that supplied gas and petroleum products to farmers, small businesses, and individual consumers.  John remained fiercely proud of his rural, Midwestern upbringing, which informed his personal outlook and shaped his intellectual interests. 

    He arrived at the University of Iowa in fall 1963 to study mathematics (likely a surprise to many people reading this), switched briefly to accounting (perhaps even more surprising), and then—inspired by a two-semester Western civ survey as well as courses on the U.S. West with Malcolm Rohrbough—gravitated to history, earning his BA in 1967, which he followed with an MA and a JD, both received in 1970.  He then set out for the University of Washington with his wife Susan (née Anderson), whom he married in 1969, “during the summer of love,” he liked to say.  In Seattle he studied for his doctorate under Vernon Carstensen, a fellow Iowan and noted scholar of the American West.  He was awarded the PhD in 1974.

    John was a committed regionalist, which is to say that he was fascinated by every region, and it is thus fitting that he taught all over the United States (and beyond).  His first appointment was at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland (1974-78), followed by stints at Texas Tech (1978-84) and Clemson (1984-88), before he settled permanently at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), which marked a homecoming of sorts, given the focus of his scholarship as well as the proximity to his home state.  He held visiting positions at several institutions, including Lewis and Clark College, Columbia University, the Australian National University, and the University of New Mexico; in 1994-95 he was the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the Renvall Institute at the University of Helsinki, an adventure that sparked in him an abiding interest in all things Finnish.

    John was recruited to UNL in 1988 to direct the Center for Great Plains Studies, then a dozen years old; he soon made his own mark on the place, characterized by a collaborative approach and boundless enthusiasm for new projects and ideas.  He served in that role for nine years.  John held numerous other leadership positions throughout his career: department head at Clemson (where he swore he could hear kudzu actually growing); associate dean in the UNL College of Arts and Sciences; president of the UNL Faculty Senate; president of the Mari Sandoz Historical Society (a particular love of his); and of course president of the Western History Association in 2010-11, which was, for him, among the brightest of his many professional highlights.

    In an era of increased specialization, John’s scholarly range was astonishing—he was a generalist in the best sense of the word, publishing on legal history, the history of Indigenous America, the Chinese experience in the American West, Nebraska and the Great Plains, sports, politics, even historians and historiography.  His publication record was vast: author or co-author of four monographs, including “Retained by the People”: A History of American Indians and the Bill of Rights (Oxford, 1994), more than fifty journal articles and book chapters, and dozens of reviews.  He remained active after his retirement from UNL in 2011, but furrowed new rows, as with a collection of prose poems about the Great Plains that he published earlier this year.  And he had a splendid editorial touch, which he brought to the numerous volumes he helped to publish in a pair of book series he helmed at the University of Nebraska Press and Texas Tech University Press.

    But above all, and without a doubt, John would want to be most remembered as a teacher and mentor, work that he loved and at which he excelled, suggested by the roughly 30 PhD dissertations and 70 MA theses he advised over the course of his career, on subjects in—and sometimes well outside of—his wheelhouse.  In the short time since word of his passing has circulated, former students have shared tributes via email and social media.  It is worth quoting from a few of them:

    “The word in my mind is generosity—I remember the day I asked John to be my advisor for my MA thesis.  As a new and bewildered graduate student at that meeting (and many others), he offered the advice and guidance and ideas I needed—ideas and interests that still sit with me to this day and are guiding the next phase of the work I hope to do. He was such a force for good in the world.”

    “His impact on Western History, Native American History, and the history of the Great Plains is beyond description.  His incredible legacy will live on in the vast diaspora of Wunder students who continue teaching, researching, writing, and shaping our knowledge of the American West.  Indeed, a big chunk of you out there are fellow Wunder-kinds.”

    “I'm processing John's passing very slowly.  My life would be completely different if two of his former students hadn't directed me on the path toward John at UNL.  I don't even like to think about the alternatives of the ‘what if I hadn't met John?’ question." 

    Let me add just a few words of my own.  I owe my career to John.  Having rolled snake eyes (again) in my job search during the 2002-03 job cycle, John invited me to apply for a late-breaking visiting assistant professorship at UNL, which I was fortunate to land.  During that year, he showed me the ropes—a whole bundle of them, in fact—so that when the position was later advertised as a tenure stream appointment, I was a plausible applicant.  All the while he and Susan showed me and my family incredible kindness.  I loved Lincoln and UNL, and still do, and I’m grateful for my career.  John made all that possible, and I’ve never forgotten it.

    John is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, Dr. Susan Wunder, their daughters Nell and Amanda (herself a history professor), as well as Amanda’s husband Shamus and their son Anders.  A memorial service and a celebration of John’s life and work, open to all, will be held in Lincoln early in the fall—details forthcoming later this suimmer.  For those wishing to honor John, his family suggests contributions to the Chief Standing Bear Scholarship Fund:

    Thanks to Jon Lauck, Elaine Nelson, and Brenden Rensink for extremely helpful biographies of John which I consulted in writing this piece.

  • Tuesday, May 23, 2023 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Buffalo Bill Center of the West (Center), one of the premier institutions worldwide devoted to the history, cultures, and environment of the American West is seeking a professional and innovative director of its McCracken Research Library. The Housel Director position offers an extraordinary opportunity to shape and lead an exciting future for the McCracken.

    The McCracken ranks with the likes of the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, the Beinecke Library at Yale, the Huntington Library, and the Western History Collections at the University of Oklahoma in terms of the depth and quality of its Western Americana research collections. Holdings include 36,000 books, more than 600 numbered manuscript collections, and over one million photographic images.

    Through its collections and services, the Library supports the work of the five Center museums: Draper Natural History Museum; Buffalo Bill Museum; Plains Indian Museum; Whitney Western Art Museum; and Cody Firearms Museum. The McCracken’s rare books, historical photographs, maps, manuscripts, and rich ephemeral collections feature in the museums’ exhibitions and programs and are used extensively by researchers and curators.

    The successful candidate will encourage and extend the work of a knowledgeable and skilled library staff of four and a group of committed volunteers. The Director will guide the stewardship of existing holdings and build exciting new collecting areas. The Director will also develop innovative interpretive programs, such as exhibitions, lectures, symposia, and publications.

    They oversee the Center’s Resident Fellowship Program and actively contribute to The Papers of William F. Cody (, a project of the Buffalo Bill Museum and external partners.

    Working closely with McCracken Advisory Board members, Center colleagues, and library team members and volunteers, the Director will build an international profile for the McCracken through networking, public speaking, media engagements, presentations at conferences, and scholarly publications. For use at the Director’s discretion in alignment with institutional strategy are funds supporting acquisitions, travel, personnel, and programming. The Director will also collaborate closely with the Center’s development department to raise funds for the library through grants and donations.

    Candidates should ideally have experience in archives development and administration, or a record of involvement with archives and a capacity and willingness to expand their knowledge and skills. Experience working with a variety of analog and digital resources in a research environment is preferred. The Center may provide support to the Director for additional library and archival training and other forms of professional development for themselves and the other members of the McCracken team.

    Candidates with a master’s degree in western American history or a related subject will be considered; Ph.D. preferred. Additional Master’s degree in library science, archival studies, or related area preferred. Candidates with a Master’s degree in library science with a deep interest in western American history or a related subject will also be considered. The ability to lead a team, collaborate with colleagues and external partners, participate actively in the field of western American archives, and interface with the public is critical.

    Inquiries are welcome.

    The salary for this position begins at $75,000 p.a., accompanied by a full benefits package.

    Please apply by submitting your resume, a cover letter explaining why you want this position and why you believe you’d be successful in it, and the names and contact information for three professional references to: Terry Harley at If you have questions about the position or require more information, please contact Karen McWhorter, Chair of the Search Committee, at

    To learn more about the MRL and its collections and activities, please visit

  • Tuesday, May 23, 2023 3:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2024-2025 Symposium: Call for Papers "Rethinking the 'Indian Wars'"

    Co-sponsored by Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University and the Arizona Historical Society and co-organized by Catharine R. Franklin (Texas Tech University), Maurice Crandall (Arizona State University), and Lance R. Blyth (United States Air Force Academy)

    The so-called “Indian Wars,” once the subject of great interest by scholars, have become practically the exclusive domain of popular historians. If, as recent work suggests, we cannot understand U.S. history without understanding American Indian history then it follows that we cannot understand Native history without understanding the conflicts between Indigenous groups and the United States. We believe that it is time to “rethink” the Indian Wars—the series of armed clashes in which Native peoples sought to defend their land (at times with the aid of Indigenous allies) from Euroamerican encroachment. By emphasizing Indigenous agency and acknowledging the limitations of an approach that stresses only the power of the U.S. federal government, we seek to complicate this story.

    This symposium invites scholars to think about the Indian Wars in new ways. We embrace a broad geographical, chronological, and thematic frame, stretching across the North American continent from the pre-colonial to the post-Reconstruction eras and beyond. We seek proposals drawing upon the fields of borderlands history, legal history, environmental history, Native history, ethnohistory, and military history, as well as anthropology, archaeology, and security studies, among others, while emphasizing such topics as territoriality, sovereignty, diplomacy, economy, peacemaking, politics, violence, conflict, strategy, and memory, along with specific campaigns and battles. 

    We encourage submissions from graduate students, early and mid-career scholars, scholars without a university affiliation, and especially Indigenous scholars. Several senior scholars have already agreed to participate, including Ari Kelman, Darren Parry, and Sherry Smith. We expect that all those chosen will work and re-work their contributions in order to place them in dialogue with each other. We will pursue an aggressive publishing schedule to ensure the timely release of the edited volume.

    Proposals consisting of a one-page CV and a 500-word description of the chapter emphasizing how it fits the theme should be submitted by September 15, 2023; all participants will be notified of their status by November 1, 2023. First drafts of the chapters, consisting of roughly 5,000 words (exclusive of notes), will be due on September 1, 2024. The symposium will meet at SMU’s satellite campus in Taos, NM in October 2024, and then again at a second meeting and public presentation in Tempe, AZ in April 2025.

    Please direct any questions to Lance Blyth at

  • Monday, May 08, 2023 8:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wyoming Historical Society

    A Non-Profit Membership-Driven Educational Organization Established 1953

    Position Title: Executive Director

    Reports To: Executive Committee through the Society President Supervises: Employees, contract labor, collaborates with volunteers

    Salary: $40,000-$45,000 annually, exempt employee

    Benefits: 10 days paid leave with 5 days additional at the one-year anniversary Health and Dental Insurance 

    Job Summary:

    • The Executive Director administers all aspects of the Wyoming Historical Society, and supports the Wyoming Historical Foundation, chapters of the Society and members.
    • Responsible for the development and implementation of the goals and objectives of the Wyoming Historical Society. Serves as first point of contact for members, chapters, institutions and the public. Any travel required will be reimbursed.
    • Oversees administrative activities required in the operation of the Society, including but not limited to budget development and fundraising, management and distribution of Society publications and products (may require ability to lift fifty pounds).
    • The position will be based in Wyoming.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    General Duties

    • Serve as liaison among historical Society chapters, the general membership, the Executive Committee, and the Foundation by responding to phone/email/mail inquiries and attending meetings, as necessary.
    • Plan, develop, establish and implement the Society’s programs in cooperation with the Executive Committee, the Historical Foundation, chapter leadership and others.
    • Plan, direct and participate in the delivery of support services to members and prospective members, including relationship building, resource identification, and public speaking engagements. Function as the liaison for chapters and potential members.
    • Promote the Society, its mission, programs and services in a strong and positive way to stakeholders, including attending meetings, participating in functions, and giving public presentations about the Society.
    • Provide support and organization to all meetings and activities of the Board, its committees, and the Historical Foundation.
    • Establish, develop and maintain positive and strong working relationships with representatives of other organizations, government agencies, members, and the public.
    • Participate in special projects as requested and other duties as assigned.


    • Assist in implementation of fundraising programs in coordination with the Foundation.
    • Assist host chapter in organizing the annual Trek and Annual Meeting.
    • Implement Society programs as outlined in the Bylaws and in cooperation with committee chairs.
    • Write, compose, and create the Wyoming History News.
    • Assist in the development of the Society’s quarterly journal, Annals of Wyoming.
    • Write and submit press releases statewide to inform the public about Society programs.
    • Collaborate with the Society’s webmaster in maintaining updates to the Society’s website.
    • Collaborate with volunteers to best represent the Society’s mission.
    • Maintain and monitor the Society’s social media presence.

    Financial and Asset Management:

    • Develop with the assistance of the Finance Committee the Society’s annual budgets and long-term forecasts.
    • Ensure that the operation of the Society and implementation of its programs are administered within budget guidelines.
    • Develop, implement and lead programs to retain current and/or secure additional funding sources.
    • Coordinate with the Society’s accountants, the Secretary of State’s Office, and the Internal Revenue Service.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Have a broad understanding of Wyoming history.
    • Experience in management of multiple projects, events, and deadlines.
    • Must possess strong oral and written communication skills.
    • Must be able to collaborate with people from all walks of life.
    • Experience is preferred in fundraising, marketing, and public relations.
    • Demonstrated success using computers, Internet, email, QuickBooks, and social media.
    • Demonstrated experience in implementation of special projects.
    • Experience in supervising staff and contract employees.
    • Knowledge of the Society and the Foundation.
    • Ability to understand financial statements.
    • Must possess a valid driver’s license.

    The job profile reflects typical job duties requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position and is not intended to be all-encompassing. Other duties and responsibilities may be necessary based on future needs.

    Please email a cover letter with your resume and three references to: no later than June 1, 2023. 

Western History Association

University of Kansas | History Department

1445 Jayhawk Blvd. | 3650 Wescoe Hall

Lawrence, KS 66045 | 785-864-0860 

The WHA is located in the Department of History at the University of Kansas. The WHA is grateful to KU's History Department and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for their generous support!