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About the Steinbeck Center

Center General History & General Info

As one of the largest literary museums in the United States dedicated to a single author, the National Steinbeck Center began as an initiative by the local community and civic leaders to create a forum for his writings and one that would inspire and launch successful literacy and educational programming.

John Steinbeck received worldwide recognition for his perception of the “common man” and his keen observations and powerful descriptions of the human condition and the rich locations like the Salinas Valley in which the characters in his novels inhabited. Positioned at One Main Street in the heart of Salinas, the Center has not only served to revitalize the city’s downtown area but has distinguished itself as a locale for global conversations inspired by visiting scholars, speakers, guests, and patrons.

Staff & Board

National Steinbeck Center Staff

TBA: Executive Director

Lisa Josephs: Archivist

Michelle Holcomb: Director of Educational Programs

Gaye Freedman: Educational Program Coordinator

Martha Henderson: Guest Services & Events Manager

Alison Auser: Guest Service Representative & Exhibit Guide

Destiny Carillo: Guest Service Representative & Exhibit Guide

National Steinbeck Center Board of Directors

Officers:

Steve Emerson – President

Dennis Donohue – Secretary

John McPherson – Treasurer

Board Members:

Terry Bare

Julio Gil

Pooja Di Giovanna

NSC Volunteers

Ruth Andresen

Myrna Breeze

Frances Cherry

Deborah (Deb) Evans

Esther Fernandez

Alan (Al) French

Rosalie Gray

Linda Hancock

Roseann Kalich

Karen Steadman

Lynne Lauritson

Joann McKay

Lynn Pearlman

Veronica Polovneff

Delores Richardson

Barbara Romine

Karla Wolf

Contact Us

Contact Us

Lisa Josephs
Interim Executive Director
831.775.4734

Interim Director of Finance and Administration
Director of Finance & Administration
831.775.4736

Carly Mayberry
Marketing and Communications
831.775.4729

Julie Minnis
Writing Programs Coordinator
831.775.4735

Lisa Josephs
Archivist
831.775.4734

Ernesto Altamirano
Events and Fund Development Coordinator
831.775.4728

Cat Harper
Guest Services Manager
cat@steinbeck.org
831.775.4721

Natalia Luna
Curator of Exhibits & Education Programs
831.775.4735

Elizabeth Jimenez
Education Outreach Manager
831.775.4727

Sandra Silva
Valley of the World Event  Coordinator
sandra@steinbeck.org

General Inquiries & Museum Store
info@steinbeck.org
831.775.4721

1 MAIN STREET IS A HAPPENING PLACE!

The building located at 1 Main Street in downtown Salinas is a beacon for Salinas, a steward for John Steinbeck, and home to several organizations.

Yes, the The National Steinbeck Center is still here! The NSC is a museum and 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that honors Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck. The National Steinbeck Center holds educational programs throughout the year which aim to expand the public’s knowledge about John Steinbeck and the themes he explored in his books. The NSC also oversees the Steinbeck Museum Hall, Steinbeck Archives and Collection, and the Museum Store all at 1 Main Street.

If you have questions concerning John Steinbeck, Salinas history, museum information, or anything involving the National Steinbeck Center’s programming or events, contact the appropriate channels listed above. If you are looking for facility rentals or California State University Monterey Bay events, see the column to the right!

Who else is here? California State University Monterey Bay is the owner of the building and separate organization which operates all facilities management operations and event rentals in the building at 1 Main Street, Salinas.

If you have questions concerning facilities rentals or non-Steinbeck related events, please contact:

Salinas City Center
Grace Jackson or Justine Pimmentel
Events & Facilities Assistants
831.772.7021
salinascityctrevents@csumb.edu

The Center for Arts & Culture, a part of CSUMB’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, also resides at 1 Main Street. It strives to weave together the University and the community through the arts and culture. It holds First Friday events, art shows, and cultural programs and events. We squeeze so much into one place!

If you have questions regarding the Arts & Culture center please contact:

Enid Baxter Ryce
Director, Salinas Center for Arts & Culture
ebryce@csumb.edu

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