NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - “History Talks” is a new series of speakers in 2017 presented  by the New Providence Historical Society covering topics relating to New Providence, Union County and New Jersey.

On February 16, 2017, Edward Eckert will give a presentation on the History of Nokia Bell Labs, sponsored by Wells Fargo. For decades, the legendary research center has given birth to the transistor and a host of other technological advances. In addition, the labs contributed greatly to the local economy.

Our presenter, Mr. Eckert, is the Bell Labs Corporate Archivist and Sr. Manager, IIS Intellectual Property Services.  He has 30 years’ experience as a corporate archivist.  Ten years of those years was at the AT&T Corporate Archives as manager of exhibitions and the artifacts curator.  In 1996, he started an Archives program for Bell Labs and has built a collection of over 40,000 items.  In addition to his intellectual property duties, Mr. Eckert also manages and curates the Bell Labs Technology Showcase museum at the Bell Labs headquarters in Murray Hill, New Jersey.

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The presentation will be in the Conte Room in the New Providence Memorial Library, 377 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence, 6:30 - 8:45 PM.

The New Providence Historical Society is a volunteer organization dedicated to recording and preserving the history of New Providence, NJ. The society maintains the Salt Box Museum and the Mason Room Archives. For more information about the Historical Society call 908-665-1034.