Sunday, September 6, 2009

Vendor Spotlight: The Northwest Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association

The Oregon-California Trails Association is a national membership organization, with 11 chapters in states or regions through which western emigrant trails passed. The Northwest Chapter is one of the larger and more active chapters of the national organization, with members primarily from Oregon and Washington.

The purposes of OCTA are to preserve what remains of the western emigrant trails, to interpret those trails to the public, and to educate people about the western emigrant trails and their historic importance. They do a lot of volunteer work mapping and marking trails, gathering information from contemporary diaries and journals, and other related activities. The national organization's website is: From this site there are links to chapter websites.

In the Northwest chapter, the big preservation issue at present is wind farms. In a number of places these pose a threat to remnants of the historic emigrant trails; the association tries to work with all parties concerned to come to solutions that everyone can live with. Because the Oregon and California Trails are National Historic Trails, administered by the National Park Service, the association works very closely with the NPS, at both the national and chapter level.

At the national level, OCTA publishes a scholarly quarterly journal and a member newsletter, as well as books. The Northwest chapter publishes a quarterly newsletter and sponsors outings and programs of various kinds throughout the year.

If your ancestors immigrated west on any of the western trails, or if you are interested in historic preservation, drop by this vendor table at the Washington State Genealogical Society's 2009 State Conference at The Davenport Hotel in Spokane this coming weekend. We look forward to having this organization at our conference.

Click on the link below to register.

Online Registration
(need help with the online registration? read our tutorial here)

Brochure and Saturday Schedule
(to help you choose your classes and activities)

Mail-in Registration Form
(for those who prefer registering offline - or you may prefer to fill out and use this form to register in person at the conference to ensure your registration is received before the conference begins)

If you are interested in being a vendor at the Washington State Genealogical Society's 2009 State Conference, would like to advertise in our syllabus, or if you have an item or service which you would like to donate as a door or raffle prize, please contact Miriam Robbins Midkiff.

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