Journey Stories became a platform for much community involvement. A series of memoir writing workshops were scheduled to coincide with this exhibit, as well as community bulletin boards and oral histories. Sponsored by Humanities Washington, this traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street program was about how individuals and families have moved to where they end up, and how communities are formed in new destinations.
Each of us knows someone whose life stories entertain and touch us. The "Your Story Matters" memoir writing workshops invited participants to recount their lives. Each session, attended by writers of all ages, provided literary tools and the encouragement necessary for committing memories to paper. Led by Yakima writer, Wendy Warren, and then Tieton Arts & Humanities Board President, Donald Berk, Your Story Matters workshops were sparked by this traveling exhibition. The close of the exhibit coincided with Highland Community Days, the big summer festival in Tieton.