Announcing the 2018 New Jersey History Forum! Save the Date: Nov. 2, 2018!

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Greetings from New Jersey: Popular Culture & The Garden State

November 2, 2018

Monmouth University


From The Perils of Pauline to War of the Worlds, Count Basie, and The Sopranos, New Jersey has undeniably made its mark on popular culture in the United States and around the world. In 2018, the New Jersey History Forum, Greetings from New Jersey: Popular Culture & The Garden State, will consider the impactful work of New Jersey artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers, and actors over the course of the state’s history. The New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey State Archives, and 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.

Greetings from New Jersey will consider the impact of music, television, foodways, design, and film on the state, kicking-off with an opening keynote talk 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. The keynote will include a special introduction and Q&A session facilitated by Louis Masur, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History, Rutgers University – New Brunswick.

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 Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Ph.D., 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.

Check out the event’s 2018 Preliminary Program for a full schedule and help spread the word with our 2018 Forum Flyer.

Forum registration is now open! The early-bird rate is offered through October 16th. Exhibitor tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis with registration. Students are invited to register free of charge.

For all Forum news and updates, keep an eye on and our state site You can also follow the New Jersey Historical Commission on Twitter @OfficialNJHC and Facebook @NewJerseyHistoricalCommission. Leading up to the Forum, the NJHC will be posting and sharing content related to NJ popular culture history using the hashtag #NJPopCulture. Join the conversation!


About the New Jersey Historical Commission

The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) is a state agency dedicated to the advancement of public knowledge and preservation of New Jersey history. Established by law in 1967, its work is founded on the fundamental belief that an understanding of our shared heritage is essential to sustaining a cohesive and robust democracy.