BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The New Providence Historical Society on Thursday held its annual dinner, a celebration that has taken place for more than 30 years.
Forty-eight attendees gathered in the banquet hall. Festivities began with an address by former Historical Society President John Bale. Bale announced the Historical Society’s upcoming fundraiser, the Salt Box Craft Fair Sale, Saturday May 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Salt Box Museum.
President Linda Kale announced Tony Shipani and Charles Hovanec as honorary members for their generous service to the Historical Society.
Vice-President Rick Anderson then joined Kale at the podium and surprised John and Marion Bale by honoring them. “We’d like to honor and thank both John and Marion,” Anderson said. John Bale, Historical Society president for 13 years, received an inscribed clock. His wife, the society’s secretary, was given a bouquet of flowers.
After honoring the Bales, Kale spoke about this year’s Historical Society trip: a tour of Union County’s 27 museums.
John Bale said, “It was a pleasure to be the president for 13 years. It wouldn’t have been successful without you folks."
After a buffet-style dinner, the Historical Society welcomed author and historian Robert A. Mayers. Mayers spoke about local involvement in the Revolutionary War. Mayers is the author of The War Man, The Alison-Mayers Family History, and the upcoming book, The Forgotten Revolution. His new book will cover the critical battlefields, encampments and sites in the American Revolution that have been forgotten or ignored by history. Many of these significant events occurred locally, including in New Providence.