NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Last spring, Byron Tracey, the department head of Social Studies for the New Providence School District, reached out to Linda Kale, the President of the Historical Society, to develop a program to open the Salt Box museum to the children of the New Providence School District. 

The Salt Box museum, run by the New Providence Historical Society, is actually two 19th century houses joined together and packed with historical artifacts spanning three centuries.  Unfortunately, as with many volunteer organizations, staffing constraints limit the museum’s visiting hours. Many local residents have never visited this historical gem located right in the center of town.  

Beginning in the fall of 2016 two hundred first graders from both Allen W. Roberts and Salt Brook schools were introduced to the museum and its exciting various collections dating back to the 1700’s.  Volunteers from the historical society acted as tour guides and the kids explored the grounds of the museum, each of the exhibition rooms, and had the chance to touch and interact with artifacts from the museum’s collection.  This spring two hundred fourth graders from our district also got to see the historical treasures located right in their home town. 

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The New Providence School District, in conjunction with the New Providence look forward to expanding this program in the coming years.

About the New Providence Historic Society

The New Providence Historical Society is a volunteer organization dedicated to recording and preserving the history of New Providence, NJ.

New Providence 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. Here, 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.