September 17, 2022, New Providence Book Festival

The Salt Box Museum will  host the New Providence Book Festival on Saturday, September 17, 2022
9 AM – 3 PM

Salt Box Museum
1350 Springfield Avenue
New Providence, NJ 07974

Visiting Authors include:  J.R. Bale, D.M. Barr, Linda Barth, Mally Becker, Janice Berliner, Michelle Cameron, Michael Stephen Daigle, Ann Frommer, Kristina Garlick, Sarajane Giere, Lisa Jacovsky, Laura Kaighn, Tom Kranz, Angela LaCarrubba, Elissa Matthews, Andrea Stein & Kal Uddin.

Readings, Author Talks and Museum Tours will be held throughout the event.

10:00 AM – Children Story Hour
● Angela LaCarrubba, Dancing with theTruth
● Lisa Jacovski, Lets talk!
● Laura Kaighn, Rabbit’s Tale and Other Rites of Passage

11:00 AM – Mally Becker
“Divided We Stand: Portraying Revolutionary Morristown in Fiction”

12:00 Noon – Elissa Matthews
“How to Tell a Great Story”

1:00 PM – The Journey to Becoming an Author
Authors Michael Daigle, Sarajane Giere and Kal Uddin will share their journeys to
becoming an author in a panel discussion.

2:00 PM – Janice Berliner
“Familial Implications of Genetic Disorders Examined Through the Lens of Fiction”

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6/11/2022 – New Providence Flea Market

On Saturday, June 11, the New Providence Flea Market will be hosted on the grounds of the Salt Box Museum at 1350 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ.
The event will include a wide range of collectibles, antiques, crafts, and assorted treasures. The historical society will also having a bake sale. The rain date is June 18, 2022.

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Salt Box Museum on TV!

John Elliott of CBS News-New York came for a tour of the Salt Box Museum. To watch John’s interview with Rick Anderson, Elizabeth Ryan, Maria DeLuca and Sara Jane Vignali, click here.

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Salt Box Craft Fair – Postponed to May 14, 2022

Please join us on grounds of the Salt Box Museum for our annual Salt Box Craft Fair.

The fair will take place on Saturday, May 14, (our raindate) from 9AM to 3PM at 1350 Springfield Avenue in New Providence, NJ 07974. 

Free tours of the historic Salt Box Museum will also be available, as well as bake sale delicious goodies.

Our crafters will include:

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Historical Society Annual Dinner on April 21, 2022

In a letter to her husband John, dated March 1776, Abigail Adams wrote, “Remember the ladies.” While the history books record many founding fathers, women also played important, sometimes pivotal roles during the American Revolution.

On Thursday, April 21, 2022, historian Joel Farkas will share many of those contributions at the Historical Society’s Annual Dinner.ChimneyRock-1510

Hors d’oeuvres at 6 PM, Dinner at 7 PM, Cash Bar.
Location: Chimney Rock Tavern, 342 Valley Road, Gillette, NJ 07933.
Download the most recent Turkey Tracks for reservation form

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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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