Twenty-four families at Owatonna, Minnesota founded this group in 1984 as the Midwest Sad Iron Collectors Club. Our members range from novice to expert, and over the years our group has grown in both size and scope.

In 2008 we voted to update our name to PITCA, reflecting the diversity of our membership. Today we have members from the United States plus Canada, England, France, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Russia and Switzerland. Many of our members are "virtual members", living far and wide but showing their support via the Internet. Others participate in our real world club gatherings.

Our annual convention is held in the Midwest USA during the last two weeks of July or the first two weeks of August. Members from all over the country (and even a few international members) make the journey each year to reconnect with friends and spend a few days immersed in irons and trivets.

If an Auction is scheduled it usually precedes the convention on Thursday. The PITCA Convention then follows on Friday and Saturday, including activities like Meet and Greet, Show & Tell, Member Displays, Buy & Sell and Presentations. A tour of a local attraction is usually included and a catered Dinner is served both evenings. Check out our Photo Albums under the Conventions tab to better appreciate how much we anticipate and enjoy these activities.

We welcome you to our website and hope you find your visits here both interesting and beneficial. And we sincerely invite you to check out our CLUB BENEFITS, then accept our invitation to JOIN PITCA! You won't find a nicer group of collectors ... people you will soon call friends.