A Tribute to John Steinbeck,
Woody Guthrie and the American Dream
John Steinbeck has been called "the Woody Guthrie of American authors," and Woody Guthrie has been called "the soundtrack to Steinbeck."
These icons of 20th century American art are bound by their writings (Grapes of Wrath, Dust Bowl Ballads), their concerns (plight of the common people, fate of the natural environment) and, now, through their families (Sarah Lee Guthrie, granddaughter of Woody Guthrie, is married to Johnny Irion, great nephew of John Steinbeck).
Themes depicted by John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie more than half a century ago still resonate with Americans concerned about climate change, income disparity, and home foreclosures. This Land Is Your Land aims to bridge the decades and the generations, and, through a festival of music, art, and spoken word, celebrate John Steinbeck and Woody Guthrie and the American spirit, one of resilience and resolve.
Items on display from the John Steinbeck archives include signed first editions of Steinbeck's novels, copies of private correspondence between Steinbeck and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as other historical and literary figures, and original one sheets from movies of Steinbeck including The Grapes of Wrath, Viva Zapata, The Wayward Bus and more.
Historical artifacts on display from the Woody Guthrie Archives include original lyrics, artwork and photographs, including his Dust Bowl Ballads and other materials which express Woody's ever-present possibility of social justice, the power of activism and his love for the great spirit in each of us.