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National Steinbeck Center opens agricultural wing

August 31, 2003

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) - A new exhibit celebrating the agricultural heritage of Salinas Valley opens Monday, Sept. 1 at the National Steinbeck Center.

The wing is called "The Valley of the World," the phrase John Steinbeck used to describe the story that became "East of Eden." One of the museum's other wings explores Steinbeck's life and work, and a third hall is home to the Gabilan Gallery, which hosts changing art and cultural exhibits.

"Valley of the World" features the history and lore of local farming, from the workers to the technology, with films, photos, and artifacts like clothes and tools. There are also exhibits about the food industry, from the economics of market produce to marketing techniques.

The Salinas Chamber of Commerce offers an annual Taste of the Valley on Thursday, Sept. 18, and also has a bus tour scheduled for Friday, Sept. 26. Other wine and food tours and fairs are held throughout the year.

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The Steinbeck Center also has a photo exhibit, on view through Sunday, Sept. 14, taken during Steinbeck's travels in 1938 with Life magazine photographer Horace Bristol.

The Steinbeck Center is open daily (except for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's). For information, call (831) 796-3833 or go to www.steinbeck.org on the Web.

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