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Bruce Springsteen Historical Exhibit, "Springsteen: His Hometown," Opening In New Jersey
20-time GRAMMY winner Bruce Springsteen and his music is a vital part of New Jersey history—and now the Garden State's Monmouth County Historical Association, located in Freehold, has announced a new exhibit dedicated to the Boss.
Called "Springsteen: His Hometown," the exhibit will be a "comprehensive look at how Monmouth County, NJ has been thematically woven into Bruce Springsteen’s music and art throughout his career." It opens on Sept. 29, only a few days after Springsteen's 70th Birthday on Sept. 23, as Rolling Stone points out. "His Hometown" is slated to run through the fall of 2020, with proceeds benefiting the historical association.
According to Rolling Stone, the exhibit will feature more than 150 items, many from the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University. Attendees will get to check out early-career items on display, such as an original color poster from Springsteen’s first band the Castiles, a scrapbook from Springsteen's mother, and even family heirlooms like a 19th century Civil War document that includes Bruce's ancestor Alexander Springsteen.
GRAMMY Museum founding director Robert Santelli served as an advisor in curating the exhibit, along with Director of the Archives Eileen Chapman. The exhibit is co-curated by Monmouth University’s Specialist Professor of Public History Melissa Ziobro and Bernadette Rogoff, Director of Collections for MCHA.
"The MCHA is honored to have the opportunity to exhibit some of the most unique, and some never-before-seen items that reflect the unparalleled career and life of Bruce Springsteen,” Linda Bricker, President, MCHA Board of Trustees, said in a statement. "Springsteen remains an essential part of the fabric that comprises the deep history of Monmouth County. We would especially like to thank Eileen Chapman, Melissa Ziobro and the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music for their continued generosity and collaboration."
Tickets to the exhibit are available here.