Save the Date – October 23, 2014

Our guest speaker will be Janet Stafford, an author of historical novels, including Saint Maggie and Walk by Faith, will be speaking about the Underground Railroad in New Jersey . Her third novel, provisionally titled After the Storm, is expected to be published in October.

Meeting begins at 7:00pm  Speaker at 7:30pm. So save the date.

Admission will be free.

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Salt Box Fair Opens Saturday, May 3, 2014, 9am – 3pm

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The 2014 Salt Box Fair will be open 9AM to 3PM on the grounds of the Salt Box Museaum at 1350 Springfield Avenue, near the center of New Providence. Lots of fun, treasures, craft for all. Download Salt Box Fair flyer here.

This year’s fair will include a “Bubby” the Clown and a magician.
Vendors will include:

  • Leigh K. Cole – “Leigh’s Jams Jellies & Goodies” www.LeighsJams.com
  • Home for Good Dog Rescue Inc. www.homeforgooddogs.org
  • Donna Gunther- Collectibles
  • Secret Garden Soap of Madison – www.secretgardensoapofmadison.com
  • Enchanted Forest Crafts – www.etsy.com/shop/WendiMulvey
  • Christine Napolitano – Knit items
  • Joseph La Gregor – The Flats For Feathered Friends – Bird Houses
  • Dee Tamburro – Crochet & Knit items
  • Remy’s Gems – Jewelry
  • Laura Kropl – Assortment of stuff
  • Anita Torsiello – Knits by Nonna Assorted Knits
  • Jojo’s Bags and Things – www.jojosbagsandthings.com
  • Scott & Kat Bale – Dept 56
  • Rosemarie A Hilse – Crafts, collectibles, small furniture
  • Laura Fazzio – upcycled sweater pet beds
  • Eileen Osborne – “Reincarnations” – vintage Jewelry & Accessories

The fair will also have slightly used books and other items for sale.

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Annual Dinner Honors Members & Shares History

The Society held its Annual Dinner at the Berkeley Plaza on April. Before dinner, President Linda Kale made Charles Hovanec and Tony Shipani honorary members for their support to the Society.

Former President John Bale and former Recording Secretary Marion Bale were honored for their service. John Bale, who was President for 13 years, was given an inscribed clock. Marion Bale, the society’s secretary, received a bouquet of flowers. John Bale said, “It was a pleasure to be the president for 13 years. It wouldn’t have been successful without you folks.”

After dinner, Robert Mayers spoke about local involvement in the Revolutionary War. Mayers is the author of The War Man, The Alison-Mayers Family History, and the upcoming book, The Forgotten Revolution. His new book will cover the critical battlefields, encampments and sites in the American Revolution that have been forgotten or ignored by history. Many of these significant events occurred locally, including in New Providence.

You can read more about Mayers at RevolutionaryDetective.com.

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Salt Box Open House – A Success

The Society held an Open House at the Salt Box Museum on April 6th. Many new visitors were able to tour the museum, while other visitors were astounding at the extensive collection of historical photographs found in the archive books. The event was so popular, it went two hours beyond its scheduled closing time.

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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.)

Follow-up: Since Bob Mayer’s talk on the Society’s Annual Dinner, his new book, The Forgotten Revolution has been published.
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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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