What you need to know: Press release, FAQs about travel journaling workshop

Press Release

Have you ever wanted to retrace part of the Lewis and Clark Trail? Have you wanted to see, for yourself, the rolling landscapes of Montana, the steaming rainforests of the Pacific Northwest, or the meandering stretches of the Missouri River that these explorers described?

When you plan your next excursion along the trail, why not take that extra and simple step of keeping a travel journal of your experiences? You will come to the end of your expedition (one way or another), so why not have a truly unique record of your adventure?

On March 25, join curator and historian, Wayne Wilson, for an exciting workshop on keeping  a travel journal. Lewis and Clark kept their journals—there is no reason you can’t keep your own very personal record!

In this workshop, Wayne will touch on a range of topics you’ll want to keep in mind when planning your journal:

  • What to write in your journal
  • What to put in your travel journal kit
  • When to make your journal entries
  • What to do with your journals once you’re home safe and sound

Wayne has been keeping travel journals for years—from a month-long 1500-km paddle trip down the Mackenzie River in the Canadian Arctic wilderness to the rolling waves of the Yellowstone River to the winding stretches of the Jefferson and Missouri Rivers. Over all those years and across those epic landscapes, he’s worked out so many essential tips and tricks to help you make your journal a wonderful memento of your time and travels. Having spent his career in the museum and archives field will add a special perspective to the workshop too.

Date: March 25, 2023

Time: 1 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Duration: Approximately 1 hour (including a Q and A session)

Platform: Zoom

Enrollment: Limited to 25.

Registration: info@newtraveljournal.com.

At the end of the workshop, participants will receive a link to downloadable PDF documents that will help guide them as they plan their own re-creation of the Lewis and Clark Trail experience.


How long is the course?

This course will take approximately 50 minutes, and this will include the presentation and Q & A.

Who is the presenter?

Wayne Wilson is a Pacific Northwest historian, curator, and artist. Wayne has been keeping travel journals for years—and he has been teaching, both online and in person, how to keep wonderful journals of their travels. He spent the bulk of his career in the Museum/Archives field, and he was a professor in the geography faculty of Okanagan University College (Kelowna, B.C.) for 10 years. You will see Wayne’s fuller Bio in the course material once you have registered.

How will the course be delivered?

This version of the course will be delivered by the online platform Zoom.

Will the course be recorded?

Yes, the presentation will be recorded and will be available for playback to Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (LCTHF) members for approximately one month after the presentation.

Is there a cost for me to take the course?

No, at this time, there is no cost if you are a LCTHF member.

Will I need to buy any Course Materials?

No, the material you will need for the course will be provided by Wayne Wilson, the Instructor.

If I’m not going to be doing a re-creation of part of the Lewis and Clark journey, can I use the course material to re-capture past travels along the route?

Yes, for the most part, the material that will be presented can be used as a reference/guide for you in making up a Travel Journal from a past travel experience you’ve had along the Lewis and Clark Trail.

Why should I take this course?

You should take this course if you plan to re-create some part of your own travels along the epic route of Lewis and Clark (or to re-capture one of your past travels). The reality is that, if you do such a trip, you can have nothing at the end of it (expect for some random photos, perhaps), or, you can have a wonderful journal of personal recollections of so many of the unique experiences you’ve gained along the way.

This may sound a bit harsh, but, after decades of working in the Museum and Archives field, I (Wayne Wilson) can assure you that…the only people who are ever remembered are those people who wrote something down. I want you to be one of those people. I want you to be remembered.