Annual Dinner Features “Revolutionary Detective”

Our April 24th Annual Dinner will feature speaker and historian, Robert Mayers, author of The War Man
and The Alison-Mayers Family History. His upcoming book, The Forgotten Revolution, will explore many of the vital, but lesser known, events of the American Revolution, many of them quite local.

You can learn more about Bob Mayers at www.revolutionarydetective.com. Copies of his book, The War Man, will be available for purchase. The event will begin at 6PM at the Berkeley Plaza, 735 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights. The cost is just $32 per ticket for hors d’oeuvres, dinner and a stimulating speaker. 

Send check to the Mason Room, New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974,  C/O Margaret Maurer. (Check for dinner and membership may be combined.)

Other upcoming events include the Open House at the Salt Box Museum on Thursday, April 6th and the Salt Box Fair on Saturday, May 3rd.
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Open House at the Salt Box Museum

The New Providence Historical Society is having an Open House at the April 6th, 1 – 3 PM at the Salt Box Museum, located at 1350 Springfield Avenue, near the center of New Providence. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Other upcoming events include the Annual Dinner on Thursday, April 24th and the Salt Box Fair on Saturday, May 3rd.
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New Copies of “Images of New Providence” Available

The Mason Room has received a new shipment of the book, Images of America, New Providence, which are available for purchase for $21.99 each.

In the book, local historians Joan Gonczlik and Jane Coddington explore times gone by, the development and progress in schools, housing, businesses, churches, sports, and transportation. No resident should be without a copy.

The books are available for purchase during Mason Room hours, (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10AM – Noon). The Mason Room is located within the New Providence Public Library at 377 Elkwood Avenue.

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Christmas Open House


Unfortunately, due to the inclement weather, the Open House has been cancelled. However, we plan to have another Open House at some time in 2014. In the meantime, the Society would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and a Prosperous New Year.

The Saltbox Museum is located at 1350 Springfield Avenue, near the center of New Providence.

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Local Artist Robert Enlow Celebrated at Library Exhibit

Society President Linda Kale and guest Bette Schmitt view one of Robert Enlow's many landscapes.

Society President Linda Kale and guest Bette Schmitt view one of Robert Enlow’s many landscapes.

The New Providence Historical Society celebrated the life and work of Robert Enlow through an exhibit of the late artist’s oil paintings at the New Providence Memorial Library. The collection featured some of Mr. Enlow’s “Windows Into The Past – Historic New Providence” paintings that were inspired by the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of New Providence as a borough. Many other of his paintings were also on exhibit.

As a self-taught artist, Enlow painted mostly landscapes and local scenes.

The reception was held from 2 – 4 PM. The paintings will continue to be on display both in the Conti Family Room and in the reading area of the library until December 6, 2013.

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Society Hosts Enlow Art Exhibit & Sale

Painting by New Providence artist Robert Enlow

Oil painting by New Providence artist Robert Enlow

Sponsored by the New Providence Historical Society, the paintings of former resident Robert Enlow will be on display in the Conti Family Room and the reading room at the New Providence Memorial Library. Many of the displayed paintings will be for sale. The collection will feature some of Mr. Enlow’s “Windows Into The Past – Historic New Providence” paintings that were inspired by the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of New Providence as a borough. On November 3rd from 2 pm to 4 pm the public is invited to attend a reception celebrating this exhibit.

Before retiring Mr. Enlow was a marketing manager for the Ford Motor Company. Prior to that, he was a circulation manager for the Wall Street Journal. Born in Maryland, Mr. Enlow moved to New Providence in 1951 and recently moved back to Maryland.

The Art Show & Sale will run from October 24th through December 6th. Anyone wishing to
purchase a painting, please contact Mr. John Bale at 908-665-1065.

This event is free. The public is invited.

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Nolan Asch, Alexander Hamilton and a Changing of the Guard

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Nolan Asch discusses Alexander Hamilton, "the most underrated Founding Father"

Nolan Asch discusses Alexander Hamilton, “our most underrated Founding Father”

Nolan Asch, a local resident and history enthusiast, provided an illuminating talk on Alexander Hamilton, whom he described as a genius and our most underrated Founding Father.  Alexander Hamilton was responsible for a considerable number of institutions that live on today, including the Coast Guard, the central bank, the Bank of New York, The New York Post and a myriad of other longstanding institutions. Despite his New York affiliations, Asch described Hamilton as a “Jersey Boy,” because of his activities and contributions in this state, including the establishment of Patterson as an industrial center.

Outgoing New Providence Historical Society President John Bale hThe evening also included a changing of the guard for the Society, as John Bale stepped down as President, after 13 years, handing the reigns over to Linda Kale. Rick Anderson is assuming the duties of Vice-President.

There was also a call for people to share their experiences and memories of New Providence. Specifically, citizens were asked to volunteer to be interviewed.

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