Nutley Historical Society and Museum, Nutley, New JerseyNutley Historical Society and Museum

65 Church Street, Nutley N.J. 07110
973-667-1528

A not-for-profit organization dedicated
to serve the educational, cultural
and historical needs of our community.

Eaton Stone Circus tent photo of display at Nutley Museum - by Anthony BuccinoMark Your Calendar

January 2019 Winners announced in ‘Picturing Nutley’ Photography Contest

March 20, 2019 – General Membership Meeting & Election of Board Members/Officers

April 6, 2019 – 9:30 a.m., Saturday Morning Movies at the Museum

April 17, 2019 – 7 p.m., Nutley Notables Book Talk with Anthony Buccino

May 27, 2019 – A Walk in the Park with John Simko

June 6, 2019 – 6:30 p.m., Ice Cream for History

October 20, 2019 – 1 p.m., Fall Pumpkin Festival

December 5, 2019 – 7 p.m., Annual Christmas Party

December 7, 2019 – 9:30 a.m., Saturday Morning Movies at the Museum

Events are held at the Nutley Museum, 65 Church Street, Nutley, unless otherwise noted.

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'Picturing Nutley' Photography Contest

Funded by Essex County

Nutley, New Jersey, August 1, 2018 – The Nutley Historical Society is pleased to announce that entries are now being accepted for Picturing Nutley, a photography contest for the residents of the town. Picturing Nutley is supported by a $1,000 Grant awarded by Essex County.

About the Contest

Guidelines:  Entries must be pictures that Nutley residents have taken of the town. (This is not a contest for older or historical pictures.) Each entrant can enter up to three photos. All submissions will be judged by the Board of Trustees of the Nutley Historical Society, and decisions of the judges are final.

Here are the results:

Dear Entrants in the Picturing Nutley Contest,

The Board of Trustees of the Nutley Historical Society has considered all the photographs entered in the Picturing Nutley Contest, and we are delighted to congratulate the winners!

ADULT DIVISION

Grand Prize Winner: Jessica Botti, “Stillness Spilling Chaos”

Honorable Mention: Jacob Michels, Third River in Snow

Honorable Mention: Vern McKinney, Alley of Trees in Early Morning Haze

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

Grand Prize Winner: Grace Arisy, Photo of Third River

Honorable Mention: Kai Madrazo, Photo of Third River

K-8 DIVISION

Grand Prize Winner: Caitlin Neibuhr, Photo of Stream in the Fall

Honorable Mention: Photo of Nutley Bridge by Ava Valdovieso

Honorable Mention: Gavin Goldsworthy, Alley of Trees in the Park

THANKING ALL ENTRANTS!

More than 100 wonderful photographs were entered in the contest, and we congratulate and thank everyone who participated!

EXHIBITION TO FOLLOW!

We are delighted to announce that there will be an exhibition early this summer in the Nutley Public Library that will feature your photographs!

Congratulations to everyone who entered, and many thanks for being part of the Picturing Nutley Contest!

The Trustees of the Nutley Historical Society

CONTEST SITE, more information.


General Membership Meeting & Election of Board Members

7 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019, Nutley Museum, 65 Church Street, Nutley, NJ

Proposed Slate of Officers: Two-year Term 2019-2021

Domenick Tibaldo - President

Suzanne Hagert - Vice President

Maryann Lauber - Treasurer

Barry Lenson -  Art Historian

Patti Williams - Van Riper Historian

Mike Petrucelli – Director, Building & Grounds

Eleanor Slomkowski – Director, Membership

Nominations from the floor


The Nutley Historical Society Presents . . .

The Gary and Zeny Erbe Old-Time Film Festival

Welcome Spring with Classic Cartoons and Films

at the Nutley Museum, 9:30 a.m., on Saturday, April 6,  2019

This showing marks the second installment of The Gary and Zeny Erbe Old-Time Film Festival, a film series that will be held at the Nutley Museum. All events will feature films that were donated to the Nutley Museum by Nutley residents Gary and Zeny Erbe. Gary Erbe, a world-renowned painter who lives in Nutley, collected all the antique films that will be shown and recently had them transferred to DVDs.

“We are grateful to Gary and Zeny Erbe for making this incredible resource available to the people of Nutley,” said Domenick Tibaldo, president of the Nutley Historical Society. “In addition to cartoons, the collection that the Erbes donated to the museum includes classic Westerns, old television shows, newsreels, travelogues, Civilian Defense films from the World War II era, and even films of classic prizefights. We will be thrilled to show these films at the museum in a new film festival that we are naming for Gary and Zeny Erbe to recognize their wonderful contribution to our town.”

Admission is free, light refreshments will be served


Nutley Notables:  The men and women who made a memorable impact on our home town, Nutley, New JerseyLocal History on a Person-by-Person Level

in upcoming Nutley Notables Book Talk

7 p.m., April 17, 2019, Nutley Museum, 65 Church Street

Nutley author Anthony Buccino will discuss his latest volume Nutley Notables The Men and Women Who Made a Memorable Impact on Our Hometown, Nutley, New Jersey - Volume Two at the museum in April.

Buccino says, “We’ve co-mingled the people with the history of our town and although you might think you know your Nutley history, there are bound to be a few surprises here.”

The first fifty pages of this collection document Nutley women’s contributions as artists, volunteers, writers, politicians, a suffragette, a firefighter, and a New Jersey State Police officer.  

“You may not know their names, but their contributions changed our town,” Buccino said.

Louise Miller who headed the local Red Cross for 32 years, Alice Lester, a local volunteer for 40 years, and Elise Yorton a local volunteer for 45 years. Then there’s Abbie Magee, the first woman in the state to be elected County Registrar of Deeds and Mortgages. She was also the first woman to serve as supervisor of the Bills in the State Legislature of New Jersey. In 1936, Grace Seymour was the first woman to run for the Nutley Board of Commissioners. It would be 68 years before Joanne Cocchiola was the first woman to serve as a commissioner.

Nutley Notables:  The men and women who made a memorable impact on our home town, Nutley, New JerseyAmong the artists, musicians and writers, Nutley boasts world-famous accordionist, teacher, composer, and arranger Charles Nuzio who taught many a youngster how to play.

Hermanus Brown leads the section on public service. The young man from what is now Nutley was killed in battle during the American Revolution. Julio Balde was active for decades with both the Nutley Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad and the Boy Scouts.

Every child who grew up in Nutley in the 1950s and 1960s remembers George and Elma Drewes and their recreation store with its sports equipment and miniature car racing track.

The sports section includes local sports hall of famers, along with a boxing promoter, an Olympian, and several New York Yankees who lived in town, including the late pitching great Mel Stottlemyer.

At past book signings, Nutley notables profiled in volume one were invited to autograph copies near their bios. A separate archive copy of all the Notable-signed copies will be added to the Nutley Museum. The tradition will continue with volume two events.

Buccino also published Nutley Sons Honor Roll - Remembering the Men Who Paid for Our Freedom, Belleville and Nutley in the Civil War, NUTLEY SNAPSHOTS In Plain View, Yountakah Country, a Poetic View of Nutley Old and New, and other books. His stories of the 1960s, transit coverage and other writings earned four Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism awards.

See who's who in Nuley Notables.


A Walk in the Park, May 27, 2019

The Nutley Historical Society sponsors “A Walk in the Park” led by Nutley Museum director John Simko. The walking tour begins at the Mud Hole (aka Memorial Park, near the intersection of Passaic and Vreeland avenues) and travels along the Third River (aka Yountakah River). 

Simko explains the river’s role in Nutley history as a source for early industry, as inspiration for world-class artists, as a symbol of civic pride, as an important boundary marker, and as a fitting memorial to our war veterans.

The tour visits the sites of three former mills, tours the pre-Revolutionary War era Van Giesen homestead (aka Vreeland Homestead, Womens Club), and reveals why the Third River splits in two. Simko recounts the beginnings of our hundred-year-old Carnegie Library and even older Town Hall, and then a walk through one of Nutley’s oldest cemeteries. 

“A Walk in the Park” ends inside Nutley’s first brick schoolhouse (now the Nutley Historical Society and Museum) where refreshments were served and the museum is open and tour-related objects from our archives are on display. See video archive of earlier walking tours

The event is free but registration is required.

The 'Walk in the Park' ends at the Nutley Museum


Annual Christmas Party

7 p.m., Thursday, December 5, 2019

Hosted by The Nutley Historical Society

Members, families, and friends are welcome to join in the festivities.

Light refreshments. Sing along!


A Saturday Morning Movies at the Museum

9:30 a.m., Saturday, December 7, 2019

This showing marks the third installment of The Gary and Zeny Erbe Old-Time Film Festival, a film series that will be held at the Nutley Museum. All events will feature films that were donated to the Nutley Museum by Nutley residents Gary and Zeny Erbe. Gary Erbe, a world-renowned painter who lives in Nutley, collected the antique films that will be shown and had them transferred to DVDs.

Admission is free, Light refreshments will be served


Old Military Hall, Nutley, NJNews and Historical Archives, Nutley, New Jersey

Nutley History, from Annie Oakley

to the Morris Canal on Our Western Border

to Quarry Town and Speed Racing Velodrome

to our Golfer's Heaven and Old Military Hall

to Presidential Visits and Professional Wresting

to Cold Ice Cream to our Cold War Anti-Aircraft Radar Camp ...

Read all about it and more in dozens of archived stories!


Make 2019 Your Year to Get Involved with the Nutley Historical Society

By Barry Lenson

ASharpshooter Annie Oakley lived in Nutley, N.J. 1894re you the kind of Nutleyite who likes to study our town’s fascinating history? Are you also making resolutions for the new year?

If so, we have a suggestion for you. Why not make 2018 the year to get more involved with the Nutley Museum and Historical Society?

The Society offers great resources for you and your family – and all you need to do is to attend some of the events that are held at the Nutley Museum, which is located at 65 Church Street, a short stroll up the hill from Franklin Avenue.

• When and Where Was the Nutley Historical Society Founded?

It happened back in 1945, when a group of forward-thinking citizens established a society to preserve our town’s history. They were motivated, in part, because the Park Street School, a brick school house that was built back in 1875, wasn’t being used for too much. The society decided to use that school as a town museum – and 72 years later, the Nutley Museum is still here to enjoy.

• What’s in the Nutley Museum?

The Nutley Museum houses an extensive collection of objects, artworks and documents from Nutley history. You’ll find one of America’s most important collection of items owned by Annie Oakley, the famous sharpshooter who moved to Nutley in 1892 and stayed for more than a decade. There are also artworks on display that were created by Reginald Marsh, Arthur Hoeber, Gary T. Erbe and other great painters who lived and live in Nutley.

There are displays on the history of Nutley sports, businesses, Police and Fire Departments, and more. Plus, special exhibitions are held throughout the year.

• When Can You Visit the Nutley Museum?

The World of HC Bunner - Nutley Museum event 2017The easiest way to visit is to attend one of the family events that are held throughout the year. There’s an Ice Cream Social in the spring, a Pumpkin Festival in the fall, and a Christmas Party in December, complete with carol singing and a beautiful tree to admire. There are also lectures, historical exhibitions and more. You can also call 973-667-1528 to arrange a private visit and tour.

• What about School Groups?

The Historical Society enthusiastically invites students and teachers from Nutley schools to visit and learn about Nutley history! Call 973-667-1528.

• How Can You Join and Get Involved?

Click Join Now. Student memberships cost $5.00, family memberships are $25.00, and there are other levels. As a member, you will receive advance email notifications of upcoming events and other benefits.

• Can You Rent the First Floor of the Nutley Museum for Parties and Events?

Yes, you can. The beautiful downstairs room in the Museum, complete with kitchen, is one of the most popular and affordable rental spaces in town. Call 973-667-1528 to learn more.

• The Nutley Historical Society Is Your Place to . . .

Connect with other town history buffs . . . research your town, ancestors, and home . . . enjoy special lectures and events . . . and feel just plain good about living in Nutley!

See you there!

Schedule a Tour or Event at the Nutley Museum

For school groups and private museum tours, please call Kerry Flynn, caretaker, at 973-667-1528, or Suzanne Hagert at 973-667-4270. The Nutley Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serve the educational, cultural, and historical needs of our community.

Barry Lenson is Nutley Historical Society trustee, Art Historian, Co-Secretary

Adapted from Nutley Neighbors; Best Version Media

A community magazine serving the residents of Nutley, N.J.

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Call Kerry Flynn, caretaker, to rent the hall, 973-667-1528

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Seating for up to 70 people. Handicap accessible

Approximate opposing views of historic first floor hall (Annual Christmas Party)

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More information on the Nutley Museum, and meeting room rental with photos.

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Museum tours

The Ann A. Troy Gallery-Nutley Museum is open four times a year, and tours are available on request. For school groups and private museum tours, please contact Suzanne Hagert 973-667-4270


Come see what's new and old in the Nutley Museum
Archive photo, August 1954


Our trustees and docents continue to itemize, catalog and preserve as much Nutley history as we can.

If you have an item tied to our town's history, please consider donating it to the Nutley Museum.

Give us a call 973-667-1528, or email us to get together


NUTLEY Yesterday - Today - Ann Troy & Vivian Noyes Fikus

Where all great study of Nutley history begins

NUTLEY Yesterday - Today, edited by Ann A. Troy

The importance of history in general cannot be doubted. It sets before us striking instances of virtue, enterprise, courage, generosity, patriotism and, by a natural principle of emulation, encourages us to copy such noble examples. History displays the dealings of God with mankind. It often leads us to view with awe His darker judgments and again it awakens the liveliest emotions of gratitude for His kind and benignant dispensations.

In 1945 the founders of the Nutley Historical Society wrote into its constitution the statement that:

“It shall be the purpose . . . of this association to do all in its power to collect all the available historical material connected with . . . the history of Nutley and carefully to preserve the same. . . . This shall mean ultimately the writing of the history of the town. . . Down through the years, work on this project continued until the present volume has been prepared.

So now, since History never stops, we in the Nutley Historical Society in 1961—like those who wrote the first History of Nutley in 1907— pass on the torch to those coming generations who at some future time will feel the need to once again issue a . . .

“HISTORY OF NUTLEY”

Robert F. Heald

First President 1954 to 1961

March 5, 1961 The Nutley Historical Society

From the Foreword

Hardcover keepsake copies are available at the Nutley Museum

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As a member, you and your family are welcome to participate in any or all of our upcoming events. Nutley Historical Society members have the benefit of renting our meeting room at the museum at a reduced rate.

When you join or renew your membership, the Nutley Historical Society will be able to continue and expand our work to bring you interesting, informational and fun programs throughout the year. By making our history available and known to those who visit the museum, we continue to move forward by knowing about and appreciating our past. We can only accomplish this with your help.

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