Salt Box Craft Fair is ON!

Our previously postponed Salt Box Craft Fair,  designed to support the Historical Society’s scholarship fund, has been set for Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 9AM to 3PM. (Rain date is August 28th.)

This year we are expecting a new crop of vendors with an exciting range of craft offerings. Proceeds from this event supports the society’s scholarship fund and maintenance of the Salt Box Museum.

If you are interested in becoming one of our craft vendors, please review our vendor applications for more information:
2021 Craft Vendor Application (.doc)
2021 Craft Vendor Application (PDF)

So far, the craft vendors include:
 – Azure Knits
 – Second Stage Creations (ceramics)
 – Rustic Signs by Shell
– Jean Feely
Greetings by Jane
– The Aunt Di Collection
(More to come!)

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Play Ball!

Did you know that New Providence had baseball teams at the end of the 1800’s and until 1931 before there were school teams? The New Providence Crescents played in the Lackawanna League, established in 1905. Unofficial records indicate the league produced 100 MLB players. NP joined the league in 1925. Fellow competitors in the league included Summit Red Sox, Maplewood Club – “Mapes”, Springfield Stars, Madison Colonels, Milburn Blues, Morristown, and Chatham. There was the Northern Division, the Southern Division, and the Union County League.

Top row: Henry Alberts, Will Crane, W. Woodruff, J.T. Scott. Middle row: C. Maguire, W. Clark, g. Adams, W. Totten. Bottom Row: W.Chase, Sam Hunter, W. S. Garis, W. Stevens, Homer Wagner, Dr. W.H. Lawrence, Jr. Photo take in 1896.

The New Providence teams played on a ball field behind the Presbyterian church, on a street called the Passaic Oval. Some newspaper articles of the time refer to it as playing at “Turkey”. The team had been referred to as the “gobblers” in a few articles as well. A.G Balcom was the manager and establisher of the Crescents. Some years the uniform also says New Providence Athletic Association team. The team also played in the inter county league against towns such as Peapack, Liberty Corner, and Berkeley Heights. Both teams, with the help of Mr. Balcom and the Ladies Auxiliary, were able to build a grandstand for the baseball fans. (Summit Herald)

It is believed that organized base-ball “started” in Hoboken NJ in 1846. The first official teams in NJ were formed in the mid 1850’s. In 1857, 16 of the nation’s strongest baseball clubs banded together to form the National Association of base-ball players, as it was written then. When they competed they abided by the same set of rules. “Professionalism” didn’t become common until 1860’s. In 1915 New Jersey got it’s first major league team the Newark Peppers. They played one season in the Federal League. For a short time it was a 3rd league against the American League and National League. (njsportshereos.com)

The NP Historical society is raising funds for more Historic markers around town. If you would like to contribute you can donate online here https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=9KZRVFSY6LYJ8 or mail a check to 377 Elkwood Ave ATTN: NP Historical Society New Providence NJ 07974 #TBT#newprovidencehistoricalsociety

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Focusing on “The Academy”

Built in 1869, the Academy was the second school built in town. It was originally a school house for all grades. Then a primary school before becoming New Providence Borough Hall. The Historical Society is raising funds for a historical landmark sign we hope to install later this year. It would be the second sign in a series for the town. (The first was at the Presbyterian Church.) If you would like make a donation please message us for more information. Pictured below are students in 1894 in front of the school. A replica was also built in Murray Hill Square.

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Untied Brewery Reveals Pioneer Ale Label

Today Untied Brewing Company releases it’s new Pioneer Amber Ale celebrating our next historical landmark “The Academy”. The Academy, built in 1869, was the second school built in town. It was originally a school house for all grades. Then a primary school before becoming NP Borough Hall. The Historical Society is raising funds for this second historical landmark sign we hope to install later this year. If you would like make a donation please contact us for more information. Don’t forget to stop at Untied Brewing here in New Providence and try the Pioneer Ale!

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Rare Grave at NP Presbyterian Church

New Providence residents have served in the United States military in every war. But did you know that in the middle of the Presbyterian Church Cemetery stands a rare grave simply marked “John USC Troops”?

USC Troops stands for the “United States Colored Troops”. His last name is unknown. John’s grave, though surrounded by snow, is marked with an American flag. All Veterans in this cemetery are marked with an American flag at their grave. The Historical Society is doing more research into John and his story. The United States Army began to organize African Americans into regimental units known as the United States Colored Troops (USCT) in 1863. (War Department General Order 143)

The enlistment of free blacks and slaves was considered a key to winning the war. Many USCT regiments originated as state militia units before 1863. The regiments included cavalry, artillery and infantry. Approximately 186,000 African Americans served in the United States Colored Troops volunteer cavalry, artillery, and infantry units during the Civil War. As Black history month comes to an end we salute John and his fellow soldiers who fought for their freedom and our country.

More to come on other New Providence Veterans throughout the year. 2/25/2020

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2020 Salt Box Craft Fair Postponed

After being postponed once, the Salt Box Craft Fair is again being called off for our June 20th date. This was by order of the New Providence Boro Council. We hope to merely postpone it, rather than cancel it outright. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but obviously public health is everyone’s to priority.

Check back here soon for any updates.

 

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2020 Annual Dinner Postponed

Due to the coronovirus pandemic and the public health need to socially distance ourselves from one another, the New Providence Historical Society is rescheduling it annual dinner from April 16th to October 15, 2020.

As of 4/3/2020, there were 27 open cases of Covid-19 in New Providence. Postponing the event is the only responsible action the society could take for our members and guests.

In October, our speaker will still be Linda Barth, who will speak on the Suffrage Movement. The dinner will still be at the Chimney Rock Inn, 342 Valley Road in Gillette.

The Salt Box Craft Fair, scheduled for May 2nd, has not yet been postponed, but a decision will be made soon on that event.

The New Providence Historical Society hopes that all our neighbors are safe and remain healthy.

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Four Centuries in a Weekend


The New Providence Historical Society will participate in Union County’s
“Four Centuries in a Weekend” program on September 19 & 20, 2019.

The Salt Box Museum will be open Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday 12 Noon – 5 PM.

Many other historical sites will be open during the entire weekend.  Learn more at about Union countywide activities.

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Open House Starts a Robust October Schedule of Events

The Salt Box Museum will be open on Sunday, October 6th, 1 – 3 PM.
Stop by and get a taste of history! The museum is an authentic 18th century farmhouse with an extensive collect of historic artifacts.

The museum is located at 1350 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974

This is the first in a robust series of October events including the Open House, the Fall Talk on Benjamin Franklin, and the Four Centuries in a Weekend event on October 19th & 20th.

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Open House at Salt Box Museum, September 8, 2019

The Salt Box Museum will be open on Sunday, September 8th, 1 – 3 PM.
Stop by and get a taste of history! The museum is an authentic 18th century farmhouse with an extensive collect of historic artifacts.

The museum is located at 1350 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974

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