New Bruce Springsteen Exhibit With Rare Artifacts and Photos to Debut in Freehold (Rare photos)

Just in time for Bruce Springsteen’s 70th birthday comes a new exhibit, “Springsteen: His Hometown,” opening September 29 at The Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA), located in Freehold.

“Springsteen: His Hometown” will display over 150 unique items featuring selections from both the Monmouth County Historical Association and The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University, according to a release.

Among the many items–co-curated by y Melissa Ziobro, Monmouth University’s Specialist Professor of Public History and Bernadette Rogoff, Director of Collections for MCHA–the collction will include rare photos and historical artifacts that even the most avid Springsteen collectors have not seen yet.

Eileen Chapman, Director of The Archives, and Robert Santelli, founding director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, will serve as advisors to the exhibit.

“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, 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.”

Springsteen turns 70 on September 23.

Items displayed include:

  • Original color poster from The Castiles, Bruce Springsteen’s first band that originated in Freehold.
  • Personal scrapbook made by Bruce Springsteen’s mother, Adele.
  • 1943 High School Yearbook of Bruce Springsteen’s mother, Adele.
  • 19thCentury Civil War document that includes Alexander Springsteen of lineal descent to Bruce Springsteen.
  • 1801 document signed by John Springsteen, a patriot of the Revolution and direct ancestor to Bruce Springsteen.