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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The Salt Box Museum Hosts 3rd New Providence Book Festival

New Jersey authors will sign books and talk to visitors at the New Providence Book Festival on Sunday, September 22, 2019. The festival, located on the grounds of the historic Salt Box Museum, will include a series of talks by authors Lisa Romeo, Elissa Matthews and David Watts. Other authors signing their books include Bert Abbazia, J.R. Bale, Linda Barth, Robert Ciampi, Michael Stephen Daigle, Reyna Favis, Vivian Fransen, Kerry Gans, Kristina Garlick, Laura Kaighn, Angela LaCarrubba, Bob Mayers and Jenn Stroud Rossmann.

“We wanted to create an event that connects authors with readers in a very personal way,” explained J.R. Bale, author and one of the organizers of the event.  “With 16 authors of various genres, it should be a stimulating event for even the most casual book lover. Last year’s festival was very well received. And this year, we expect to top ourselves.”

Anyone purchasing a book at the festival will also receive a free raffle ticket for drawings for a $50 gift certificate for Moe’s Bistro and a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card. Other vital festival sponsors include the Lantern Hill retirement community, Balefire Communications LLC, and Book Lovers Dispatch.

The festival will be held on the grounds of the Salt Box Museum at 1350 Springfield Avenue from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The rain date is September 29, 2018. The Salt Box Museum, the site of the festival, is operated by the New Providence Historical Society, will be open for tours, free of charge. Refreshments will be available on the grounds.

More information is available at www.newprovidencebookfestival.com

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Salt Box Museum Open on Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Salt Box Museum will be open on Sunday, July 7th, 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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