2/16/2017 – History of Nokia Bell Labs

belllabs-underconstruction-webIn the first in series of four talks presented by the New Providence Historical Society, Edward Eckert will give a presentation on the History of Nokia Bell Labs. This presentation is sponsored by Wells Fargo. Mr. Eckert is the Bell Labs Corporate Archivist and Sr. Manager, IIS Intellectual Property Services. He has 30 years’ experience as a corporate archivist. He also manages and curates the Bell Labs Technology Showcase museum at the Bell Labs headquarters in Murray Hill, New Jersey. For decades, the legendary research center has given birth to the transistor and a host of other technological advances. In addition, the labs edeckert-resizedcontributed greatly to the local economy.

The presentation will be in the Conte Room of the New Providence Memorial Library, Thursday, 6:30pm to 8:45pm.

New Providence Memorial Library
377 Elkwood Avenue
New Providence, NJ 07974

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10/20/2016 – Searching for Yankee Doodle

Author Robert MayersHistorian and author, Bob Mayers will speak at our fall meeting on the October 20, 2016, 7PM at the DeCorso Center, located at 15 East Fourth Street, New Providence, NJ.

Over the years, vastly different opinions have been offered by historians concerning the true nature of the most essential element of the War for Independence–the common foot soldier. For most of America’s history, little was known about the identity of these men, why they fought and how the war affected their lives. Yet the men of the Continental Army were the people most responsible for achieving America’s independence.

Who exactly were they and what inspired them to endure appalling hardships during the most critical time in American history?yankeedoodle-coverart-600x900

Mr. Mayers has spoken previously to the Society on the forgotten Revolutionary War battles of New Jersey. We welcome him back. Bob will also be available to sign his newest book, Searching for Yankee Doodle: Washington’s Soldiers in the American Revolution. Learn more about Bob at www.revolutionarydetective.com.

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8/14/2016 – Help Celebrate Our 50th Anniversary!

New Providence Historical Society to turn 50 on Monday, August 15th, 2016! 

To celebrate, we will be having an “Ice Cream Social” on Sunday, August 14th, 2016 from 2-5 PM on the grounds on the Salt Box Museum at 1350 Springfield Avenue. There will be friends, entertainment, displays, and–oh yes–ice cream! So, come out and share in the history, camaraderie and fun.

Vortex3We are also commemorating our Golden Jubilee with a time capsule that will be buried on Monday, August 15th, 2016. Any resident, student, employee and/or business owner in New Providence (past or present) is encouraged to write letters or fill out surveys (downloadable at http://bit.ly/29pDqOZ) The Time Capsule and its artifacts will be on display at the Ice Cream Social.

We also welcome the donation of current-era artifacts. For more information, go to https://newprovidencehistorical.com/50th-anniversary/. Any documents or donations should be delivered to the Society’s Mason Room at the New Providence Memorial Library.

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Salt Box Craft Fair Postoned to May 14th, Due to Weather

Due to the rainfall that we have had over this past week, with more forecasted showers for Saturday morning, we have decided to cancel the event for Saturday, May 7 and proceed with this event taking place on the rain date of Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
We hate to go with a rain date, but for the sake of our vendors; volunteers; the public; and the soggy Salt Box grounds; we needed to make this decision.

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Salt Box Craft Fair – May 7th, 2016

BFS21132685-SaltboxFair2013The New Providence Historical Society’s Salt Box Craft Fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Proceeds from the fair support the Society’s scholarship program and maintenance of the museum.

Leigh Cole in her jelly-mobileIf any vendors interested in renting space at $25 per eight-foot space should contact Linda Kale at kale.linda@yahoo.com. (Vendors are responsible for supplying their own table and chairs.)

The Fair will taken place on the grounds of tBFS21132683-Fair2013-BookBuyershe Salt Box Museum at 1350 Springfield Avenue in New Providence. (The museum itself will not be open during the fair.

May 14th is the rain date.

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The Society’s Annual Dinner Set for April 14, 2016

Murray-Hill-Inn-NightThe New Providence Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on April 14th at the Murray Hill Inn & Suites at 6PM. This dinner commemorates the Society’s 50th Anniversary. Our guest speaker, Linda Barth, will talk about the rich history of the Delaware & Raritan Canal.

Reservations must be received by April 5th. The cost is $35 per person. Checks for dinner and membership may be combined. Send checks to the Mason Room, New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974, c/o Margaret Maurer.

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First Open House of 2016

BFS21157103-SaltBoxOpenFlagPlease join us for our first Open House of 2016, in our mid 1800’s farmhouse. So, come pay us a visit as winter recedes for our Golden Jubilee year!

Salt Box Museum
1350 Springfield Avenue
New Providence, NJ
Sunday, March 6, 1–3 PM

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Trustee’s Meeting – Tuesday, 12/17 @ 2 PM

There will be a Trustee’s Meeting of the New Providence Historical Society at 2PM on December 17th in the Mason Room, located at the rear of the New Providence Memorial Library. You don’t have to be a Trustee to attend. Come and learn what’s going on. Volunteers are always needed. If you can’t attend the meeting, but would still like to volunteer contact us at 1-908-655-1034.

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Holiday Open House, Sunday, December 6th

Please join us for our annual Holiday Open House, in our mid 1800’s Farmhouse. We’ll have refreshments, as well as a selection of our archive photo albums containing photos of yesteryear New Providence, Also available are copies of Images of New Providence. These books make great stocking stuffers! So, come pay us a visit before our Saltbox closes for the winter!Holly2

Salt Box Museum
1350 Springfield Avenue
New Providence, NJ
Sunday, December 6, 1–3 PM

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Four Centuries in a Weekend

BFS21157103-SaltBoxOpenFlagThe Salt Box Museum will once again participate in the Four Centuries in a Weekend event.

This event includes 27 diverse historic sites in Union County, from humble farmhouses to extravagant mansions, which share the story of our evolution from the Colonial era Elizabethtown of 1664.

Salt Box Museum Hours:

  • Saturday, October 17, 10 AM – 5 PM
  • Sunday, October 18, 12 Noon – 5 PM

Docents will be stamping “passport” for those particiapting school children. The Salt Box Museum is located at 1350 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, NJ.

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