Event Details

Registration will close at 1:30 PM on Thursday, November 1st. Please call the Historical Commission main line 609-292-6062 with any questions.

The New Jersey Forum, Greetings from New Jersey: Popular Culture & The Garden State, will consider the impact of music, television, foodways, design, and film over the course of the state's history.

The New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey State Archives, and the New Jersey State Museum are pleased to announce this year's forum, to be held on Friday, November 2nd at Monmouth University in co-sponsorship with the University's Department of History and Anthropology.

The Forum is a biennial program that highlights the importance of studying and sharing local history and invites established and emerging scholars, educators, public historians, and a broad spectrum of social science and humanities researchers to present new research that facilitates greater public awareness of New Jersey history.

Our opening keynote talk will be presented by Bob Santelli, founding Director of the Grammy Museum and author of Greetings from E. Street: The Story of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and The Big Beat: Conversations with Rock's Great Drummers, co-authored with E Street Band's Max Weinberg. Dr. Louis Masur, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers - New Brunswick, will serve as moderator.

Over lunch, attendees will be joined by actor Ian Kahn, who portrayed George Washington in the AMC hit series Turn, Sandy Mackenzie Lloyd, historian at Historic Philadelphia Inc., and Dr. Erica Armstrong Dunbar, historian and author of Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge, for a discussion about the history of the American Revolution in popular culture.

Presentations and workshops throughout the day will feature topics in New Jersey popular culture history such as the new Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music, teaching with Thomas Edison, how the state has shaped American television, and so much more.

Registration, breakfast and exhibits will run from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 am.

Please note that you will be charged additional fees, from Eventbrite, upon completion of your registration.

Thank you!

  • When: Fri Nov. 2
    7:30 am - 5:15 pm

  • Address: 400 Cedar Avenue
    West Long Branch NJ,US 07764

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