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

NSC Director Susan Shillinglaw 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 (Sat-Sun) | 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 (Sat-Sun) | Each Day

New exhibit features will be unveiled. Check out newly installed typewriters in Steinbeck’s writing room where visitors can respond to daily prompts in Joyous Garde, a replica of Steinbeck’s Sag Harbor writing house.; the Steinbeck bookstore is the new home of a Baby Flyer replica, built by Chris Chase, who is renovating the Western Flyer in Port Townsend, WA. The original Baby Flyer was the skiff for the Western Flyer, the boat John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts traveled on in their expedition to Baja California which is chronicled in Sea of Cortez.

June 25-29 (M-F) | 12:00 PM Each day

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


June 25-29 (M-F) | 2:00 PM Each day

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

Thursday, June 28th | 5:00-6:00 PM

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

Thursday, June 28th | 6:00 PM

We will host a “Steinbeck in his 20s.” discussion. Ah, youth.

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.