Virtual Tour of the Salt Box Museum Now Available

A preview of the Salt Box Museum is now available in the form of an online virtual tour. With the click of a mouse, virtual visitors can move from one room to another within the 18th century farmhouse. We give special thanks to the society’s 2021 scholarship winner, Christopher Siebelts for creating this wonderful presentation tool. Christopher has enabled us to view a 18th century perspective with 21st century technology.

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Historical Society’s Annual Dinner on October 14th

The New Providence Historical Society will hold its first Annual Dinner in two and a half years on Thursday, October 14, 2021.

This year’s dinner will be held at Chimney Rock, 342 Valley Road, Gillette, NJ 07933, hors d’oeuvres at 6PM, dinner at 7PM. 

Our speaker, author and historian Linda Barth will reveal the famous and not-so-famous people, places, and events of our great little state. Many commonly known and valued inventions were born in New Jersey. Linda has written two books on the D&R Canal and three children’s picture books, Bridgetenders Boy, Hidden New
Jersey, and Alice Paul: Champion of Women’s Rights. She is also the Executive Director of the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey

Reservations are $38 per person. You can find the reservation form in the most recent Turkey Tracks.

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9/18/2021: New Providence Book Festival!


The New Providence Book Festival is almost here.
It’s Saturday, September 18th. Here’s the speaker schedule:

10:00 AM – Children’s Story Hour
● Angela LaCarrubba, Dancing with the Truth
● Nadja Springer, The Big Adventures of a Little Tree
● JoAnn Jackovino, The Tale of Benjamin Bulldog: Be a Buddy, Not a Bully

11:00 AM – Nev March, Murder in Old Bombay
“Solving a Real-World Mystery: Our memories contain more than we know.”Nev March will share how she took her fascination with an 1890s murder and turned it into a mystery novel, Murder in Old Bombay. This made her the first Indian-born writer to win the Mystery Writers of America Award for First Crime Novel.

12:00 Noon – Sarajane Giere, My Pilot
Sarajane Giere offers an intimate glimpse into the life of a military wife as she tells how she brought the story of her fighter pilot husband, Bernie, to life in her memoir, My Pilot.

1:00 PM – The Road to Becoming an Author
Authors D.M. Barr, Ann Frommer & Charles Levin with share their journeys to authorship in a panel discussion.

All programs will take place on the grounds of the Salt Box Museum at 1350 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974 on Saturday, September 18, 2021, 9AM to 3PM.

Other authors will be on site, signing their books for avid readers. The full list of signing authors include: J.R. Bale, D.M. Barr, Linda Barth, Michael Daigle, Ann Frommer, Sarajane Giere, Renny Hodgskin, JoAnn Jackovino, Angela La Carrubba, Charles Levin, Neil MacNeill, Nev March, Elissa Matthews, Bob Mayers, Linda Raedisch and Nadja Springer.

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Salt Box Craft Fair is Almost Here!

Finally, the Salt Box Craft Fair is upon us! This open-air event, our first event in 18 months, is on for Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 9AM to 3PM. (Rain date is August 28th.)

In addition, the Salt Box Museum will be open for the first time since 2019.

This year, the event is a little different, in that we are focusing on a new crop of craft vendors with an exciting range of craft offerings.
Our craft vendors include:OConnor1

– Azure Knits
– Second Stage Creations (ceramics)
 – Rustic Signs by Shell
– Jean Feely
– Greetings by Jane
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– Glass Garden, by Bonnie O’Connor
– Servin’ Up Scrunchies & More
– A Creative Treasure
– Knotcho, Lauren Wilkos
Paper Creations by Joanne
– Rosemarie Hilse
– Made by Jimmy

In addition, our Bake Sale will offer some scrumptious goodies. The Salt Box Museum

Proceeds from this event supports the society’s scholarship fund and maintenance of the Salt Box Museum.CraftSet1

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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. (

The NP Historical society is raising funds for more Historic markers around town. If you would like to contribute you can donate online here 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 public 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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