It was an exciting day at Freehold on Tuesday as the mayor announced a new exhibit that will pay homage to one of New Jersey’s favorite sons – music icon Bruce Springsteen.
“Everything I learned of deep significance, I learned in this town,” Springsteen said.
The “My Hometown” exhibit will be a collaboration between the Borough and the Bruce Springsteen Archives and the American Music Center at Monmouth University. The exhibit will house a variety of items, including artifacts, photographs, concert footage, interviews and more.
Springsteen, who was on hand for the announcement, took the time to enjoy the moment.
“At the end of the day, you can’t escape the fact that it sounds weird. I sat down three blocks from here, found a few songs, things I liked. And the idea that 50 years later, anyone was going to be I mean what are the odds,” Springsteen said. “It’s wonderful that this city is the center of my art and my life. I can’t wait until they put me in a box.”
The current Freehold Fire Department building on Main Street will be renovated to accommodate the exhibit. The fire station will be moved as part of a redevelopment plan.
“My Hometown” is scheduled to open in mid-2024.