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The Lewis & Clark Tour

This is the trip that never gets old. It will be Clay's 12th time up the Wendover Death March (which proves that anyone can do it). We'll spend three days on the White Cliffs section of the Missouri River, then a night in a wonderful historic hotel in Fort Benton, then four days on the Lolo Trail in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark on the most pristine portion of the entire national Lewis & Clark Trail. The “camping” is courtesy of our excellent outfitter (they set up your tent, feed you at tables with cloths and napkins, strike the camp, and provide excellent wine and unlimited quantities of beer). We hike, canoe, stroll, sing, tell stories, gaze at historic sites, sit around bonfires, and learn just the right amount about the most important exploration in American history.

Learn more and view the full itinerary.

This retreat is hosted by Odyssey Tours with Clay Jenkinson.


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Donations of $250 or more will receive a signed copy of Clay S. Jenkinson's now out-of-print hardback book, Becoming Jefferson's People, along with a three-CD set of the audiobook, read by the author.

Donations of $100 will receive the three-CD audiobook.

Due to the limited quantities of Becoming Jefferson's People, this offer is limited to stock on hand. The Thomas Jefferson Hour, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit under tax ID #46-5726534.

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Civil Discourse


Critical Thinking


Good Citizenship


Thomas Jefferson was a student of the Enlightenment, of human nature and of honorable behavior. He applied this to his personal life and to the national & global challenges he faced during the forming of the United States. 

Clay Jenkinson, the nationally-acclaimed humanities scholar and award-winning first-person interpreter of Thomas Jefferson, portrays Jefferson on the program. Clay addresses listener questions with answers grounded in the writings and actions of Jefferson.

Our mission is to generate discourse between friends and family members which will grow into a national discourse about the topics essential to our country and citizens.



Praise for Becoming Jefferson's People:

"The best of the American spirit comes from Thomas Jefferson. Clay Jenkinson has provided a truly welcome invitation for the American people to return to their best selves."

— Deepak Chopra

"Becoming Jefferson’s People is a clarion call for those who wish to take back their country and restore the promise offered by the American Revolution."

— John Ferling, author of Adams vs Jefferson and A Leap in the Dark

"Jenkinson invites his readers to think in 'the Jefferson way' about everything from good books and precious friends to fine wines and the duties of citizenship. This is a Jeffersonian profession of faith sure to attract a wide audience and spark sharp debate."

— James P. Ronda, Barnard Professor of Western American Literature, The University of Tulsa

"Jenkinson rediscovers the vital and robust Jefferson and restores our trust in boldness, optimism and self-reliance."

— Landon Y. Jones, author of William Clark and the Shaping of the West and former editor of People magazine