2010 began with the spring symposium held in Bakersfield, California on the weekend of April 30- May 2.
One of the highlights of the symposium was the dedication of the recently discovered gravesite of Elisha Stephens, leader of the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy emigrant party of 1844.
An OCTA plaque was placed along side of the grave’s monument depicting the history of Stephens’ life and his leadership of the first emigrant party to take wagons over the Sierra Nevada.
The story of this 1844 journey is chronicled in the documentary film, Forgotten Journey, by JohnKrizek, executive producer, which was shown at the symposium following the dedication.
Union Cemetery in Bakersfield, California is where for many years Elisha Stephens’ grave was unknown and unmarked.