New Providence Salt Box Museum

Salt Box Museum

Over the past five years, the New Providence Historical Society has partnered with the New Providence School District to open the Salt Box Museum, located on Springfield Ave, to students in grades 1-12. In that time over 2,000 students have visited the museum and researched its rich collection of historical artifacts.

With the onset of the pandemic trips to the museum had to be halted, however, the learning partnership prevailed. Museum Trustee Linda Kale and Department Head of Social Studies Byron Tracey collaborated to create a traveling exhibit that could be brought directly to the schools.

Thirteen artifacts from the museum’s collection were gathered and shared with students in both Allen W. Roberts and Salt Brook schools. Through in-person presentations, or a self-guided slide show, over 25 different elementary classes were able to interact with items from the 19th and 20th centuries. Students were challenged to guess the use of objects ranging from powder horns to washboards.

Special thanks to the New Providence Historical Society for their continued support of our vital learning partnership.

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