2020 Salt Box Craft Fair Postponed

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the need for social distancing, the 2020 Salt Box Craft Fair has been postponed to June 20, 2020, 9 am to 3 pm, with a rain date of June 27th.

The fair will feature new vendors, baked goods and our treasure tables. This events is a fundraiser to support the ongoing operations of the New Providence Historical Society, including the Salt Box Museum and the Mason Room Archives. After being cooped up inside for so long, we hope you’ll all come out and celebrate being together again

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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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Salt Box Craft Fair Set for Saturday, May 4th

The New Providence Historical Society will have its annual Salt Box Craft Fair on May 4th, from 9 am to 3 pm.  Craft vendor will be display their goods. We will also be having our antiques & treasure tables, as well as some scrumptious baked goods for sale.

The Salt Box Craft Fair serves is the primary fundraising event for the year to support our high school scholarship program and maintenance of the Salt Box Museum and the Mason Room Archives.

The Salt Box Museum is located at
1350 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974.

We are still accepting last-minute application for craft vendors.
Just call 908-665-1034.

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4/25/2019 Annual Dinner: Lost Amusement Parks of the Jersey Shore

At our Annual Dinner on April 25, 2019, Rick Geffken will speak on the “Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore,” bringing together rarely seen images from the Library of Congress, local historical societies, and private collections to document how the Jersey Shore became the most famous vacation and recreational destination in the coastal United States. This engaging talk and slide show capture a simpler way of life in our country, when families took their children to boardwalks to savor candy apples, salt water taffy, hot dogs and hamburgers, popcorn, and, of course, the rides.

The dinner and talk will take place at the Murray Hill Hotel & Suites on April 25, 2019. Hors d’oeuvre at 6 PM, Dinner at 7 PM, Cash Bar. $38.00 per person.

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Help Restore the Historic Genung Wagon

The Genung Wagon (circa 1820) is the oldest remaining piece of farm equipment in New Providence. Used to transport animals and crops, the wagon worked the farm which is now the Acme parking lot. But time has taken its toll. The wagon is currently in desperate condition and needs urgent repair, including wheels and bed boards. Help us refurnish this historic artifact to working order.

Please contribute to our GoFundMe campaign to restore this historical artifact to working order at: www.gofundme.com/RestoreTheGenungWagon

Donations may also be mailed to:
New Providence Historical Society
c/o New Providence Memorial Library
377 Elkwood Avenue
New Providence, NJ 07974

The New Providence Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible.

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