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: Popular Culture & The Garden State will feature a plenary panel discussion with actors and scholars about popular representations of history in film and television and a luncheon 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: Conversation’s with Rock’s Great Drummers, co-authored with E Street Band’s Max Weinberg.

Stay tuned for future announcements on additional special guest speakers and participants very soon!

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.