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 this group has grown in both size and scope.

In 2008 the membership voted to update the organization's name to PITCA, reflecting the diversity of its membership. Today members hail from the United States plus Canada, England, France, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Romania, Russia and Switzerland. Some are "virtual members," living far and wide but showing their support via the Internet. Others participate in real world PITCA meetings.

The annual PITCA Convention is held somewhere in the Midwest USA during the last two weeks of July or the first two weeks of August. Members from all over the USA (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 trust you'll find your visits both interesting and beneficial. Please accept our invitation to JOIN PITCA! You won't find a nicer group of collectors ... people you will soon call friends.