Supporting The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
Supporting The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

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The Story

Trail segment along the Northern Route at Pea Ridge National Military Park in northwestern Arkansas. The wayside exhibits overlooking the Arkansas River at Fort Smith National Historic Site, located on the Water Route in western Arkansas, depict in 5 individual panels the removal stories of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek), and Seminole Nations. The award-winning Trail of Tears exhibit at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, OK, includes a tactile "bead wall," with each bead representing one removed Cherokee, totaling 16,000 beads. Also, life-cast figures depict the travel along the Trail of Tears.

The Trail of Tears Association and the National Park Service have combined efforts to publish a semi-annual newsletter, titled Trail News, regarding activities associated with the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. The most current newsletter and past newsletters are archived on the National Park Service web site.

Here is a listing of the types of articles and information that are available in the newsletter.

  • Development along the Trail of Tears
  • Messages from TOTA President
  • Messages from Superintendent of the National Trails System Office
  • Chapter Reports
  • Association Office Updates
  • Conference Registration
  • NPS meetings
  • Reports on Association board of directors meetings
  • Various NPS updates

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