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Drawing from the works of John Steinbeck, the National Steinbeck Center is dedicated to Steinbeck’s creative legacy: to participate, to inspire, to educate, and to understand one another.
The Big Idea
In honor of the 20th anniversary, the National Steinbeck Center is seeking to modernize and enliven key exhibits in our cherished John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall.
In June 2018, the National Steinbeck Center will celebrate 20 years of preserving and exploring the relevance of John Steinbeck’s creative legacy. The museum itself, the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall, provides a space for the celebration of one of America’s most beloved authors, housing interactive displays dedicated to Steinbeck’s life and works. The Hall has not undergone any updates since it opened in 1998. Maintenance is needed in numerous exhibits. In addition, the NSC wishes to craft a new vision for the Hall, making it more interactive, technologically sophisticated and informative, and thus a more immersive experience for visitors. We have targeted specific exhibits, most notably In Dubious Battle, The Grapes of Wrath, Sea of Cortez and the 1960s area, where we want to add visitor typewriters (Steinbeck’s writing room), updated videos, and computer-enhanced “real time” experiences. We hope this would be not just a birthday gift to the National Steinbeck Center but a gift to the community as well.
As a participant in the Steinbeck Young Authors program since its inception, I can confidently say that all of my students have absolutely loved visiting the Steinbeck museum. The exhibition hall on John Steinbeck, his life, and his accomplishments is so engaging and interactive that inevitably each year my students don’t want to leave! They want to stay longer, read more, and actively engage in their own learning. In order to continue such genuine engagement and participation of our modern day students, the Steinbeck museum would greatly benefit from funds to update the exhibits and keep them current and in good condition. I feel grateful to have this incredible resource in our community.
— Rebecca Rheim, Carmel