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.

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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:

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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Film Cameras on Display at New Providence Memorial Library

Every February, the New Providence Historical Society sponsors an exhibit display at the New Providence Memorial Library. This year, we have an array of 16 film cameras on display. These cameras are on loan from J.R. Bale, a former commercial photographer and current New Providence resident.

“While we now take digital photography for granted,” Bale said, “one has the respect the mechanical and chemical ingenuity of the past century.”

The cameras on display are from various eras and include both roll and sheet film equipment, used by both amateurs and professionals. The manufacturers include Kodak, Hasselblad, Agfa-Ansco, Polaroid, Nikon and others.


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10/25/2018 – Fall Talk: Samuel Morse, 19th Century Renaissance Man

Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791–1872) epitomized the titans of the Industrial evolution in America with his wide-ranging accomplishments in technology and art. Although not his only contribution, Samuel Morse is best known for his invention of the telegraph and the code which bears his name.

On Thursday evening, photojournalist Jim DelGiudice details the life of the Massachusetts-born Morse, who worked for a time in New Jersey. Mr. DelGiudice will speak at 7 PM at the DeCorso Center at 15 East Fourth Street in New Providence.

Refreshments will be served afterward.

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New Providence Book Festival Set for 9/22/2018

Based on the success of last year’s event, a second New Providence Book Festival has been scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2018. We plan to even more authors this year. The festival will once again take place on the grounds of the Salt Box Museum at 1350 Springfield Avenue in New Providence.  The museum will be open for tours on the day of the festival.

So far, scheduled authors include J.R. Bale, Linda Barth, Michael Stephen Daigle, Reyna Favis, Vivian Fransen, Kristina Garlick, Laura Kaighn, Bob Mayers, Ginger Pate, Bill Powers, Linda Raedisch and Amy Reade. Some of these authors are new to the festival. Others are familiar names  bringing their newest works. Either way, it’s going to be an exciting festival.

You can support the festival through purchase of festival t-shirts, mugs and buttons. All proceeds go to supporting the festival. Click here.

The rain date is September 29th.
Check back for a schedule of speakers.



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4/26/2018 Annual Dinner: Madame Bey’s

The New Providence Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on April 26th at the Murray Hill Hotel & Suites at 6PM.

Gene Pantalone, New Providence resident and author of Madame Bey’s: Home to Boxing Legends, will share the fascinating story of an aristocratic woman who managed a training camp in Chatham NJ for world champion boxers during the early twentieth century.

Come listen to this fascinating local history and enjoy the delightful cuisine from Moe’s Bistro. $40 per person. Makes check out to “New Providence Historical Society.” 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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10/12/2017: Fall Talk: “Revolutionary War Spies”

Damien Cregeau will explore the murky world of Colonial espionage during the American Revolution. Mr Cregeau’s talk will be at 7 PM at the DeCorso Center, 15 East Fourth Street, New Providence, NJ 07974.
Refreshments will be served afterwards.

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