Shortly after graduating from high school, Milton Erickson developed polio and hovered near death. Three years later, in June 1922 he undertook from his home in Wisconsin a canoe trip down the Mississippi River the purpose of which was to improve his strength and health. The canoe trip ended on August 1922, and Erickson accomplished his mission.
Milton H Erickson Foundation now makes the entire canoe diary available in its original form. From this document students are able to study one of the formative experiences in Erickson’s life.
The diary can be browsed and read below, or you can listen to the entire diary in audio book format. Read by Lance Erickson, The Canoe Diary is the writings of a young Milton H. Erickson from his Legendary True American Adventure down the Mississippi River in 1922. All proceeds from the sale of this Canoe Diary audio recording will be used to support the upkeep of the Erickson Historical Home and the Milton H. Erickson Foundation.
Alex Vesely: How did you get to meet Dr. Erickson?
Herb Lustig: The first time I met Dr. Erickson was 41 years ago.
In the summer of 1973, I had just finished my training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, and had started a private psychiatric practice. That fall, I took a weekly course in hypnosis, sponsored by a local psychiatric hospital. One day, the focus was on Milton Erickson. Alexander Yanovsky, Jay Haley, and Kay Thompson all talked about Milton Erickson, and each of them described a totally different man. At the Child Guidance Clinic we had had a seminar that highlighted Milton Erickson and his strategic therapy. But when that day’s course was completed, I was perplexed. ‘Who is the real Milton Erickson?’ After having heard these three people, all of whom knew Milton well, describe three different Milton Ericksons, I decided to find out for myself who Milton Erickson was.
The Milton Erickson Foundation has a number of archival projects for which volunteers are needed. The consist of viewing and indexing historical videos. The work must be done in Phoenix at our Thomas offices during business hours. In return students will earn credits that can be used for attending Erickson Foundation training events.
Please contact Marnie, and indicate when you can start.