Esmeralda Montenegro Owen
Curator of Marketing & Community Engagement
Oral History Project Unveiling at 2013 Steinbeck Festival
SALINAS, CA – On May 3-5, 2013, join the National Steinbeck Center to celebrate its 33rd Annual Steinbeck Festival, with this year’s theme ‘Home,’ featuring programs to capture the history and heritage of Salinas.
The National Steinbeck Center, in collaboration with California State University at Monterey Bay (CSUMB), is working with CSUMB students, taught by Professor Rina Benmayor, who are being trained to interview the elders of Salinas about some of our most historically, and culturally significant people, places and traditions.
Once collected, these stories will be utilized as part of the 2013 Steinbeck Festival. This year’s Steinbeck Festival theme is ‘Home’ and will explore Steinbeck’s home – including Salinas, Cannery Row and the Pastures of Heaven.
The oral histories collected this Fall will be featured in many of the tours. Tour locales will include Oldtown Salinas, the Salinas Rodeo and the Pastures of Heaven as just some of the locations. The Festival will also feature talks, films, food and the visual and performing arts.
The 33rd Annual Steinbeck Festival is Old Home Week for Steinbeck lovers from across the world and down the street.
John Steinbeck was born, raised and buried in the town of Salinas, California that is now home to the National Steinbeck Center. This home was a constant inspiration to him throughout his career as a writer and was the setting for many of his books and short stories.
In 2013, the National Steinbeck Center invites people from around the world to our home for the 33rd Steinbeck Festival, for a glimpse into the unique place that so inspired John Steinbeck.
About the National Steinbeck Center
The National Steinbeck Center is located at One Main Street in Salinas, California, the birthplace of John Steinbeck. It is a museum and cultural institution with a mission to engage people in the exploration of culture, issues and the arts relevant to our times, inspired by the words of John Steinbeck. The Center offers multiple visitor experiences: