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On October 4-14, 2013, the National Steinbeck Center will retrace the journey that The Grapes of Wrath’s Joad family took along America’s Route 66 through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona at the height of the Dust Bowl—toward California and their hopes of a better life.

This trip will be led by a team of artists, including a playwright and a filmmaker, and a woodblock print artist who will be actively engaged in exploring modern day stories of the human experience of struggle and resilience. Along the route, this team will lead The Grapes of Wrath inspired programs and workshops at cultural arts and education organizations. They will also work with the National Steinbeck Center to collect oral histories exploring these themes from individuals they meet on the road.

The National Steinbeck Center is excited to announce the confirmed organizational partners where programs, workshops and oral history collection will be taking place along The Grapes of Wrath Journey this October:

Oklahoma Historical Society: http://www.okhistory.org/

Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at Oklahoma State University:


Amarillo Museum of Art:

KACV, Amarillo:

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum: www.panhandleplains.org/‎
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History:


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The artists will be blogging throughout the Journey, and will invite public collaboration and feedback through multiple social media channels. The National Steinbeck Center encourages schools to follow us on this Journey, and to respond to the artists’ thoughts and observations on the road. This entire trip will be documented and shared as part of the 75th Anniversary celebration in 2014.

In a special collaboration with Penguin Group (USA), the Penguin Book Truck and Penguin Pushcart will be travelling with us and will be stopping at selected locations to sell Steinbeck titles. The Penguin Book Pushcart is inspired by the design of the classic New York City hotdog cart.

It will be transported by the Penguin Book Truck to various locations including bookstores, parks, beaches, sidewalks in shopping districts, summer theaters, and green markets.

To stay up-to-date on this journey and to follow us when we are on the road in October, visit us at www.steinbeck.org!

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: the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall and changing art and cultural exhibits with a variety of education and public programs. For more information about this and other events, visit our website at www.steinbeck.org.

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