As part of its mission to promote education about the westward emigrant trails, OCTA produces a wide-ranging set of quality publications.
News From The Plains
News From The Plains is OCTA’s quarterly newsletter for members. It is delivered electronically via email in January, April, July and October.
The newsletter contains news about members and the organization, news of chapter events, convention reports, legislative action, trail preservation, special activities, and more.
If you would like to receive News From The Plains in a printed format rather than electronically, contact Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $20 per year to receive a printed issue.
News From The Plains
OCTA maintains an archive of issues from 1987 to 2021. You can conveniently download past newsletters.
If you are not a member, join OCTA and receive further instruction that will allow you to register to gain log-in access and enjoy the current issue of News from the Plains.
The Overland Journal is OCTA’s peer-reviewed quarterly journal of scholarly research into the emigrant experience and the trails. In addition to research articles, the journal regularly includes book reviews and letters to the editor.
The Overland Journal is always interested in proposals for articles. Inquiries regarding proposed articles should be sent directly to:
Robert Clark, Editor
Pullman, WA 99163
The Overland Journal is sent to all members as a benefit of membership.
If you are an OCTA member, you can access issues of the Overland Journal.
If you are not a member, join OCTA to receive further instruction that will allow you to register to gain log-in access and enjoy every issue of the Overland Journal since 1983. A $700 total value for only $50.
An index to Overland Journal issues from Vol. 1 (1983) through Vol. 36 (2018) is available for use. All articles and book reviews are identified by year, volume and number, title, author and category.
- Rediscovered Frontiersman: Timothy Goodale, by James W. McGill. Soft Cover.
- The Look of the Elephant: The Westering Experience in the Words of Those Who Lived It, 1841-1861, by Andrew and Joanne Hammond. Soft Cover and Hard Cover.
- Historic Inscriptions on Western Emigrant Trails, by Randy Brown. Soft Cover.
- Graves and Sites on the Oregon and California Trails, by Randy Brown and Reg Duffin. Soft Cover.
- From the Old Northwest to the Pacific Northwest: The 1853 Oregon Trail Diaries of Patterson Fletcher Luark and Michael Fleenan Luark, edited by Howard Jablon and Kenneth R. Elkins. Soft Cover and Hard Cover.
- The 1854 Oregon Trail Diary of Winfield Scott Ebey, edited by Susan Badger Doyle and Fred W. Dykes. Soft Cover.
- The 1849 Trail Diaries of Elijah Preston Howell, edited by Susan Badger Doyle and Donald E. Buck. Soft Cover.
- Bruff’s Wake, by H. L. James. Contains J. Goldsborough Bruff’s journal entries and drawings from his overland journey to the California Gold Rush. Soft Cover.
OCTA welcomes proposals for well-written, well-researched books on the historic emigrant trails and related history. Books submitted for OCTA Special Publications are subject to a review process and are edited to maintain quality of content and presentation.
OCTA has published educational activity books that are designed to help teachers and children learn about the western historic trails. They cover the basic questions of who, why, what, when, where, and how the historic trails developed. Reflecting the standards, they utilize a wide variety of activities based on both primary and secondary sources to discover the answers to those questions. The current activity books are:
- Following Lewis and Clark’s Track: The Story of the Corps of Discovery
- Reading, Writing, and Riding Along the Oregon-California Trails
- Finding the Right Place: The Story of the Mormon Trail
- Here Comes the Pony: The Story of the Pony Express
More information about them can be found under School Resources under the Activities Section heading:
Email your article online here or snail mail to OCTA:
OCTA, 524 S. Osage St. Independence, MO 64050