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February 2018

Steinbeck Birthday Celebration

Join us as we celebrate John Steinbeck's 116th birthday with a variety of fun children's activities. This year's schedule of activities: 11AM: Storytime! AmeriCorps volunteers will read The Rainbow Fish and lead children through an arts & craft activity. 12 PM: Squid dissection with Squid4Kids:…

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March 2018

Steinbeck Young Authors Day of Writing

The Steinbeck Young Authors Program encourages middle school students to read and discuss Steinbeck’s short story, “The Gift” (part of The Red Pony) as well as to enhance their writing skills. The program consists of three stages: a classroom component of reading, discussing and pre-writing;…

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Ag Forum

From Braceros to H-2As: Agricultural Guest Worker Programs in CA photo: THE GALARZA COLLECTION, Stanford University Libraries Special Collections/ US-Mexican border circa 1950's. In partnership with UC Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment and the Center for Latino Policy Research, the National Steinbeck…

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Steinbeck Festival Film Series

The National Steinbeck Center and Maya Cinemas will offer a FREE film series: "Women in Film" March 26 - April 30 Mondays, 6:00 PM Maya Cinemas, 153 Main Street, Salinas The film series will kick off the 37th annual Steinbeck Festival The 2018 Steinbeck Festival…

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April 2018

Founder’s Day Downtown Tour + Free Admission

Saturday, April 28th, 12:00 PM, meet at the NSC front steps As part of Salinas' Founder's Day Celebration, the National Steinbeck Center will offer a tour of downtown Salinas at 12:00 PM and free admission to the museum all day. Docent John Mahoney will explore…

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Steinbeck Young Authors Award Ceremony

Please join us April 28th for the Steinbeck Young Authors Award Ceremony! The National Steinbeck Center invites all students who participated in the Steinbeck Young Authors Day of Writing, and their families, to attend our Award Ceremony. Coaches are also encouraged to attend to congratulate…

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History Slam!

Like history? Know more than your average bear? Join us for our first ever “History Slam”! It will be a fun and engaging opportunity to explore the rich and unique history of the Monterey Bay area. Visitors can listen to the presentations for free! Sunday,…

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June 2018

Summer Camps

June 11 @ 8:30 am - June 15 @ 12:00 pm
National Steinbeck Center, One Main Street
Salinas, CA 93901 United States

20 Sentence Story Contest

June 20

Do you have a short & sweet story to tell? "Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper." - J.S.   Wow! What an amazing response to this contest! Thank you to every single person who took the time…

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The National Steinbeck Center’s 20th Anniversary Week

June 24 - June 30
National Steinbeck Center, One Main Street
Salinas, CA 93901 United States
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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 tara@steinbeck.org 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.