In 1984, long before the world wide web, ubiquitous computer use, and search engines, the Travel Guide was created by Freeman Stamper as a directory of IAGSDC clubs and gay-friendly clubs where we could dance. Organized by geography, the Travel Guide listed club names, contact information, dance locations, schedules and programs. Eventually it included web addresses and email contact information.
Freeman took his inspiration from the National Square Dance Directory, which was sort of a white-pages of square dance clubs.
Originally, Freeman hoped to sell the Travel Guide, but rather than staff a sales table, he just decided to leave them out for others to take. It became an annual publication and was always quite a chore to get clubs to keep their information in it up to date. (See Freeman's 1990 Golden Boot presentation).
For many years, the Travel Guide was the best source of information for club contacts and dancers wanting to dance with IAGSDC and gay-friendly clubs while visiting other cities.
In XXXX Freeman passed on responsibility for the Travel Guide to a new "step mom", Paul Asente, who kept it going in print and eventually on-line.
In 2005, with the rise of club web sites, search engines, and the IAGSDC web site, the Travel Guide was semi-officially retired.
There's still a page on Paul Asente's web site .