mcha charlie pamela hornerPHOTO: Charlie and Pamela Horner at the “Spirituals to Soul’ opening night celebration at Monmouth County Historical Association’s Museum in Freehold. Photo credit: Mckay Imaging, LLC

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County Historical Association’s Museum will host a curators talk on Wednesday, July 22 from 6-8pm on its newest exhibition, “Spirituals to Soul: African American Musical Heritage in Monmouth 1880-1980.”

 “Spirituals to Soul” is curated by music historians Charles and Pamela Horner and features rare photos, recordings and memorabilia collected and preserved by the Horners over decades as they researched the development of spirituals, jazz, gospel, rhythm & blues, doo wop and soul music in Monmouth County. The exhibition demonstrates the impact African American musicians, performers, recording studios and venues had on musical development in New Jersey and nationally.

In this curators talk, the Horners will share stories about the performers and venues featured in the exhibition along with selected rare recordings.  

The exhibition is open through November 7 and can be seen Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at 70 Court Street.

Monmouth County Historical Association is a private non-profit organization that has been working to preserve history and provide educational opportunities since its founding in 1898.  The Historical Association’s Museum and Library is located at 70 Court Street in Freehold.  Museum hours are: Tuesdays - Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Library is open Wednesdays through Saturdays.  The Historic Houses are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from May 1 through September 30, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  For further information about the Association, please call (732) 462-1466 or visit the web site at www.monmouthhistory.org 

Monmouth County Historical Association received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.