About Us

Mission Statement

The mission of the New Providence Historical Society is to educate the public about the local American experience through a generational perspective. We illuminate the past through student programs,
museum tours and archival access.

New Providence, NJ is and has been a vibrant community since before the American Revolution, back when it was called Turkey, after all the wild turkeys that roamed the area. Today, it continues to be a thriving community.

MapA1Here, we delve into the facts and folklore of New Providence. For instance, why was the town renamed New Providence? What happened to the turkeys? And, did George Washington really pour salt into Salt Brook?

The Society has a number of resources and activities including the Salt Box Museum, the Mason Room Archives, special speaker events, and the Salt Box Fair.

Society Officers:

President – (Currently Vacant)
Vice President – Rick Anderson
Corresponding Secretary – Carol Smith
Recording Secretaries – Audrey Keebler
Treasurer – Kerry Lee
Publicity – Maria DeLuca
Library Displays Р Barbara Pape
Grounds & Facilities – Rick Anderson
Membership – Margaret Maurer
Website & Turkey Tracks – J.R. Bale


Rick Anderson, J.R. Bale, Linda Kale, Kerry Lee, Margaret Maurer, Barbara Pape, Gail Souren, Carol Smith and Sara Jane Vignali.


The Society always welcomes new members. Members will also receive mailed copies of the Turkey Tracks newsletter.

Individual Membership – $15/year
Family Membership – $25/year
Business Sponsorship – $35/year

There are also many volunteer opportunities, including research, being a museum docent, clerical, facility maintenance, and many other ways. Click here to download a membership application.

Please make checks payable to “New Providence Historical Society.” Mail to:

New Providence Historical Society
c/o New Providence Memorial Library
377 Elkwood Avenue
New Providence, NJ 07974


As a 501(c)(3) charity, monetary donations to New Providence Historical Society are tax deductible. The Society is also open to donation of other kinds, such as artifacts for preservation or items to be sold for fundraising purposes.

1 Response to About Us

  1. Sergei Kent says:

    We were looking at a picture in your deserted village album in the Mason Room (NP library). It said “The house where I was born – Alea (Alice?) Osborn Henry 1891. I did some digging on Ancestry.com. There was an Alice Osborn (22 July 1891 – Sept 1967 in Summit, NJ). She was married to Vernor Seaton Henry (born abt 1892 in NY). There are descendants who are living. I sent them a comment about your photo. Don’t know if anybody checks comments on family trees but it was worth a shot. Sergei Kent (Berkeley Heights)

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