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Special Exhibits

Springsteen: His Hometown

Co-curators Professor Ziobro and MCHA Director of Collections Bernadette Rogoff pause for a photo opening night. The exhibit started as a project in Ziobro’s Fall 2018 Museums and Archives class.

The exhibit “Springsteen: His Hometown” opened to much fanfare at the Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) at 70 Court Street in Freehold in September 2019. Co-curated by Professor Melissa Ziobro of the Department of History and Anthropology and MCHA Curator of Collections Bernadette Rogoff, with support from Eileen Chapman and Bob Santelli of the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University, the exhibit started as a class project in Ziobro’s fall 2018 museums and archives class. It features over 150 items from the Springsteen Archives and guitars, clothing, jewelry, and other items from Springsteen himself—who joined the curators and guests at the exhibit preview party on Saturday, Sept. 28. The exhibit will be open through fall 2020. It has enjoyed much local and national news coverage thus far, see, for example:

Mr. Springsteen even hopped on stage! Photo by Michael Kravetsky.

New York Post: Bruce Springsteen exhibit to open in his New Jersey hometown

Rolling Stone Magazine: See Bruce Springsteen’s Surprise ‘Light of Day’ at Exhibit Opening Gala

Billboard: Bruce Springsteen ‘His Hometown’ Exhibit Will Showcase 150 Rare Items

Variety: Bruce Springsteen Exhibit Draws the Boss Himself for Surprise Performance (Watch)

Bruce Springsteen exhibit in hometown to feature never-before-seen items

Co-curators Professor Ziobro and MCHA Director of Collections Bernadette Rogoff pause for a photo opening night. The exhibit started as a project in Ziobro’s Fall 2018 Museums and Archives class.

Hurricane Sandy Exhibition

Almost 5 years ago, Hurricane Sandy swept ashore and disrupted the lives of countless residents along the east coast. The Department is collaborating with the Monmouth County Historical Association (MCHA) to create an exhibition marking the fifth anniversary of the Storm making landfall along our shores. This exhibition will explore the impact of this record storm and its effects on the people and communities of our area. We hope to partner with libraries, churches, community centers, and the general public in a crowdsourcing initiative to compile the story. How can you participate? Donate or loan your artifacts, photographs, or videos; or sit down for an oral history. Let us record your memories before they fade with time. For an idea of what these interviews might look like, you can view one pre-existing Sandy Oral History project at .

Our own Professor of Public History Melissa Ziobro, who will serve as MCHA’s guest curator for the project, noted “This is a unique opportunity to allow the citizens of Monmouth County to create their own living archive of what some have called a ‘100 year storm’.” MCHA President Linda Bricker concurred, saying, “Sandy should not be forgotten after altering the lives of so many people and communities in such a dramatic way. It is a story that will be of great interest to future generations and which should be documented while those impacted can relate personal experiences.”

The exhibition will open in the Fall at the MCHA headquarters in Freehold- we hope you will be a part of it. Please contact for more information.

Monmouth County Historical Association, a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898 comprises a Museum, Archives, Research Library in Freehold and Five Historic House Museums located around the county. The Museum and Research Library is located at 70 Court Street in Freehold. Museum hours are: Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Research Library hours are: Wednesdays -Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Five Historic House Museums around the County are open seasonally. For further information about the Association, please call 732-462-1466.


“Storm damage on campus.” Photo courtesy of Monmouth University

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“Our Ocean First Bank Center, then known as the MAC, was used as a shelter for many of our displaced neighbors.”
Photo courtesy of Monmouth University

Remnants of Belmar boardwalk

of the Belmar boardwalk post-Sandy.” Photo courtesy of Jenna Amore.



 Day after Sandy

damage at the National Guard Militia Museum of NJ.” Photo courtesy of Joe


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