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Oct 09, 2019

Bruce Springsteen Hometown Exhibit Now Open

By Lori Draz

The Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) is proud to announce its new exhibit “Springsteen: His Hometown” – an historical exhibit that gives fans a comprehensive look into how Monmouth County has been thematically woven into Bruce Springsteen’s music and art.

On display are more than 150 unique items from the Monmouth County Historical Association and The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University. Some of the items include an original color poster from Bruce’s first band, The Castiles, and a 1943 high school yearbook and scrapbook from Bruce’s mother, Adele.

There are also historic documents, including an 1801 document signed by John Springsteen, a patriot of the American Revolution and direct ancestor to Bruce Springsteen.

“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,” said Linda Bricker, president of the MCHA Board of Trustees. “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.”

The MCHA is located at 70 Court St. in Freehold, Springsteen’s birthplace.

“It’s wonderful that the MCHA, with an exquisite gallery space in the heart of Bruce Springsteen’s hometown, will be hosting an exhibit that will showcase the archives and explore his life for a wider audience,” Ziobro said. “I am so grateful for the team that has come together to make this vision a reality.”

“Springsteen: His Hometown” may rank as the performer’s longest show as it is open now through fall 2020. Tickets are $15, and $12 for seniors and students. Proceeds benefit the MCHA.