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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
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.
The 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.
Open Meeting, Thursday, October 17, 2013
Nolan Asch, a local resident, will be our guest speaker. Both Alexander Hamilton and Mr. Asch graduated from Columbia University. Mr. Asch will share with the audience how Hamilton, one of our most underrated Founder Fathers, is still around us in so many ways.
The program will be held at 7:30 PM at the New Providence Senior Center, 15 East Fourth Street, New Providence, New Jersey. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A period and refreshments.
No charge for admission. Everyone is welcome.