Historically Speaking, A Virtual Lecture SeriesTuesday June 15, 2021
Historically Speaking, A Virtual Lecture Series
Presented by the Monmouth County Historical Association. Co-Sponsored by the Monmouth County Library
Kevin Coyne Presents Nathaniel, William and Bruce: Three Men, Three Centuries, One Town
Local history is not just local – it intersects in powerful and surprising ways with the nation’s history, and its small stories can teach us much about those larger stories, too. Nathaniel Scudder, William Dayton, Bruce Springsteen – three men, three centuries, one town.
Nathaniel Scudder was a Princeton-educated physician who gave up his medical practice in Freehold to fight for the American colonies’ independence from Great Britain. He signed the Articles of Confederation, led his regiment at the Battle of Monmouth, and was killed by a British raiding party in the final days of the Revolution, the only member of the Continental Congress to die in combat.
William Dayton was a Princeton-educated lawyer who practiced in Freehold and was the vice-presidential nominee in 1856 on the Republican Party’s first national ticket, running with John Fremont of California. The runner-up for the Republican vice-presidential nomination that year – Abraham Lincoln – later appointed Dayton during the Civil War as ambassador to France, where he helped keep the French from joining the Confederate cause.
Freehold High School-educated Bruce Springsteen, descendant of Monmouth-born veterans of the Revolution and the Civil War, has chronicled the lives of Americans over the last 50 years in his songs and stories, and along the way has introduced his vast audience to the town he shares with Scudder and Dayton.
What can their stories – joined with all the other stories from this one small town – tell us about America’s story?
Kevin Coyne is a respected journalist and adjunct professor at the Columbia Journalism School. He has authored several books, including the acclaimed Marching Home: To War and Back with the Men of One American Town, about six WWII veterans from Freehold. He has served on the Borough Council, where he helped establish the town’s Historic Preservation Commission and has served as Freehold’s Borough historian for over twenty years.
For all of these amazing accomplishments, Kevin can more simply be described as a son of Freehold. This gives him an innate understanding of local culture that goes beyond the archives and the books. He is a storyteller and he loves history, especially local history, which shines through when he speaks about it.
This series of programs is virtual, presented via Zoom, and free of charge. Registration and internet access are required to attend. Register below to receive emailed information on how to access the discussion. The link will be emailed Monday, June 14 between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, after registration closes at noon.
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