Welcome to the National Steinbeck Center!

The National Steinbeck Center is located in Salinas, California, the birthplace of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. In addition to hosting a premier collection of artifacts, books, and film clips, we strive to share John Steinbeck’s values, build community, and celebrate creativity in communities across the nation.

What’s New
and Upcoming Events

Woody Guthrie L.A. 1937 to 1941

February 25 —

The National Steinbeck Center is proud to welcome historians Darryl Holter and William Deverell to discuss their new...

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Steinbeck Birthday Celebration

February 27 —

“Celebrate John Steinbeck's birthday with a Community Free Day for Monterey County Residents.

The day will include...

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

March 17 —

Get into the St. Patrick's Day spirit with a performance by Taelen Thomas, Shannon Miller and Maestra Amelia Krupski

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2016 Steinbeck Festival

May 06 - May 08 —

The 2016 Steinbeck Festival will be held the first weekend of May and is titled "From Salinas to the Sea of Cortez: Steinbeck on Land and Sea." 

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***VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Learn more about our upcoming Day of Writing and volunteer as a Writing Coach for the Steinbeck Young Authors Program. 

Volunteer Writing Coach Form

Steinbeck Young Authors Writing Coach Letter 

Writing Coach Guide