The National Steinbeck Center’s 20th Anniversary Week

On June 27, 1998, The National Steinbeck Center (NSC) opened its doors. To commemorate 20 years of honoring Nobel-Prize winning author John Steinbeck, the NSC will offer free admission all week, June 24th through June 30th, and feature all-things TWENTY.

Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, June 20th | By Midnight

“20 Sentence Story” final day to enter submissions!



Sunday, June 24th | 3:00 PM

Read with us! Archivist Lisa Josephes will lead a book discussion of John Steinbeck’s 1929 novel, Cup of Gold. The discussion will feature candy originating in the 1920’s.


June 24-30 (Sunday-Saturday) | Each day

The “20th” museum visitor will receive a FREE coffee mug and a photo next to Rocinante in the museum hall.



June 24-30 (Sunday-Saturday) | Each Day

Admission to the museum and events is free! We highlight some of the new exhibits and features that you may not have seen in a while. 20th visitor each day will receive a mug from the Museum Store.

June 25-29 (Monday-Friday) | 12:00 PM Each day

“20 minutes on Main,” tours will take place right on Main Street. These short talks, led by Lisa Josephs, will explore the history of Main Street and historic Oldtown.


June 25-29 (Monday-Friday) | 2:00 PM Each day

Archivist Lisa Josephs will showcase “20 Highlights” from the NSC collection.

Saturday, June 30th 

We will announce the winner of the online contest, “20 Sentences Stories“. Flash fiction of 20 sentences or less should be sent to by June 20th. The writer of the winning story will receive $200, have the story published in the Steinbeck Center’s NEWS, and receive a Steinbeck text. Five $20 judges’ award winners as well. One entry per person.



Rescheduled! Thursday, July 5th | 5:00-6:00 PM

Join us as we celebrate with a reception honoring those who helped create the museum and long-time NSC volunteers.