Speakers’ Bureau

Expert Speakers & Presenters


Many of our members are available to speak to your group or organization about the Oregon Trail and other historical interests. Some presenters charge a fee for talks.

To connect with a speaker, please Contact Us

Videos available for OCTA Speakers' Bureau

There are several videos available for use by OCTA members who present public programs.

PowerPoint program available for OCTA Speakers' Bureau

A short PowerPoint program is available for use by OCTA members who present public programs about the Oregon and California National Historic Trails.

The program is intended to serve as a general outline for a presentation. Speakers can use the outline as is, but are encouraged to introduce and discuss local trail sites or resources according to their audience needs and interests.

The PowerPoint program presents a general overview of the overland migration on the Oregon and California trails and inspires viewers to become stewards of trail stories and resources. By addressing the viewers directly and using minimal text, the PowerPoint program informs viewers of trails history, heritage and legacy; shows viewers a range of educational and recreational opportunities along the trails; asks viewers to think and care about trails resources being threatened or lost; and encourages viewers to join OCTA.

The program highlights the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail and the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act in 2018.

The file available here is a PDF. To obtain a PowerPoint file that can be adapted to local audiences, please contact the OCTA association manager at: 816-252-2276.

PDF of an OCTA PowerPoint presentation July 2017