Retracing The Joads Journey

Sep 27, 2013

A trio of artists will soon travel from Oklahoma to California, retracing the steps the Joad family from "The Grapes of Wrath" took as part of the upcoming 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck's novel-turned-film.

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The artists — along with representatives from the California-based National Steinbeck Center — will travel along Route 66 gathering oral histories of people and asking what helps them get through hard times. The group will start in Oklahoma on Oct. 4 and make stops in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. The trip will conclude in California 10 days later.

Colleen Bailey is the executive director of the National Steinbeck Center. She says many of the challenges people faced 75 years ago during the Dust Bowl era still ring true for people today.