It is one of the oldest continuing conventions in the world.
Westercon was started in 1948 when Walter J. Daugherty of LASFS proposed that an annual West Coast convention be started for fans who couldn't afford to travel to the East Coast where most Worldcons were held. The first Westercon was held in September 1948 and was a one-day event attended by 77 people. It became a weekend-long convention in 1951 when it settled into its 4th of July weekend date and started moving between cities.
It is a Westercon tradition that GoHs are preferred from the region (west of the 104th W. meridian), having either been born or lived in the zone.
Westercon is formally sponsored by LASFS, though in practice it is completely independent. Nonetheless, in the event that Westercon were unable to function, the LASFS Board of Directors would be responsible for sorting things out.
Some Westercons (in bold) were held jointly with Worldcon. In most (but not all) cases they shared leadership and GoHs.
|From Fancyclopedia 2 ca 1959|
|An annual conclave for the Western half of the United States -- West of the Rockies, that is -- begun by the LASFS on Labor Day 1948. It has since become an institution for which other clubs bid also, like the Worldcon, and until the past year [i.e., 1958] was always some place in California.|
Also involved: - 1958 Worldcon Site Selection - 1964 Worldcon Site Selection - 1969 Westercon Site Selection - 1978 Westercon Site Selection - 1980 Westercon Site Selection - 1985 Westercon Site Selection - 2002 Westercon - 2002-westercon - 2004 Westercon - 2004-westercon - 2019 Westercon Site Selection - 2021 Westercon Site Selection - Ah, Wilderness: Forty Years of Colorado Fandom - Alan Thiesen - Albuquerque in '85 - Allan Rothstein - Aubrey MacDermott on the Origins of Fandom - Berkeley in '67 - Bid - Bidcomm - Bob Roehm's 20th Anniversary History of Rivercon - Bobbie DuFault - Bouncing Potatoes - Burlingame in '66 - Burlingame in '67 - CONTRAception - Censorship - Chuck Crayne - Conference - Craig Dyer - Denver in '79 - Denver in '81 - Detroit in '79 - Doreen Webbert - Eastercon-DAG - Fanoclasts - Francisco Torres - Future Unbounded - Golden Gate Futurians - Guy Terwilleger - H. L. Gold - Hal Astell - How to Start a Worldcon Bid in 24 Hours or Less - ISL - J. Ben Stark - Jeff Canfield - Jim Briggs - John Quagliano - Juanita Coulson's Reminiscence of Fandom in 1953 - Kathryn Daugherty - LA in '67 - LA in '80 - LA in '87 (I) - LA in '87 (II) - Las Vegas in '68 - LepreCon 35 - Little Man - Little Men - Long-running conventions - Los Angeles in '69 - Midwestcon - Noel Wolfman - Noncon (fanspeak) - Norwestercon - Oakland in '87 - Palo Alto in '79 - Phoenix in '80 - Phoenix in '82 - Phoenix in '85 - Phoenix in 1984 - Portland in 1984 - Regional Organizations - Rotsler Award - SCIFI - SFCon Reminiscence (Moskowitz) - SWOC - Sacramento in '85 - Sacramento in 1991 - Sampo Award - San Diego in '86 - San Diego in 2006 - San Diego, CA - San Francisco in '83 - San Jose in 2018 - Site Selection - Solacon Reminiscence (Moskowitz) - South-Western Fan Fund - The Blackguards - The Patter of Fannish Feats or the Feats of Fannish Patter - The Stranger Club by Art Widner - Traveling Convention - Utah for 2019 - Vancouver in '86 - West Coast Science Fantasy Conference - West-coast-science-fantasy-conference - Westercon 71: The Denver Bid - Westercon Bid Committee - Westercon Business Meeting - Westercon Rules - Westercon Site Selection - Westercon bid - Westercons
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