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New Providence Hardware, oldest hardware store in Iowa, to celebrate 150th Anniversary

July 15, 2013
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The ring of a brass bell atop the door, the creak of the gleaming hardwood floors, the smell of nails and hand tools envelope you as you cross the threshold of the New Providence Hardware store. Nostalgia and a sense of familiarity wash over you and you know that you're standing in special place. For 150 years the New Providence Hardware has been the beating heart of the community, supplying their neighbors with the heat in their homes and a cool drink on a hot summer day.

A two day celebration of this historic milestone will be held September 27th and 28th. Events will begin Friday, September 27th, with a 150th Recognition Ceremony at 2:00 pm with special guest, Governor Terry Branstad, followed by an Ice Cream social. The festivities continue Saturday with an antique car and farm showcase from 10:00am to 1:00pm, live music and a free lunch from 11:00am to 1:00 pm as well as a spectacular 150th Anniversary Sale and prizes.

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