A scrapbook made by his mom. A band poster drawn by an old band mate. A signed yearbook and a term paper from his high school years.
Freehold is proud of its hometown boy Bruce Springsteen, and the feeling must be mutual: references to it, such as in the song Randolph Street, which honors his childhood home, are woven into his life’s work.
The Monmouth County Historical Association is exhibiting some one-of-a-kind and never before seen relics from his private life and career starting Sept. 29.
In collaboration with the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University, the MCHA exhibit walks attendees through hallmark moments in Springsteen’s music career and his deep Monmouth County roots. Just three-quarters of a mile from this house on Randolph Street, the exhibit includes a dive into his family history all the way back to Joost Casperse Springsteen, who was 14 when he arrived in America in 1652. He was the first Springsteen to arrive in America, with his widowed mother and brother.
The exhibit also explores what life in Freehold was like during Springsteen’s upbringing, including a five-minute film by Asbury Park-based videographer Adam Worth.
More than 150 items will be on display through fall 2020. The exhibit opens to the public Sept. 29, and will open each week from Wed. to Sun. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12 for students and seniors, MCHA members and Freehold Borough residents are free.