Nutley Historical Society and Museum

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

Mark Your Calendar

May 17: Nutley - 50 Years of Wrestling History

May 28: A Walk in the Park

June 1: Annual Ice Cream for History

September 20: General Membership Meeting

October 15: Annual Fall Pumpkin Festival

December 7: Annual Christmas Party

See event details below


Historical Society Supports Performing Arts' Annie Get Your Gun

NUTLEY Yesterday – Today

Nutley Historical Society Membership Benefits

Rent the historic first floor of the Nutley Museum

Museum tours

A Walk in the Park

Nutley Amateur Circus

Vreeland Homestead

Camp Nutley - The Army Anti-Aircraft Base in Nutley

Old Military Hall

Know Your Town, Nutley: Early History

Living in Nutley (view the slide show)


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.


Help us to tell the full story of “Camp Nutley.”

US Army "Camp Nutley"

aka Battery A of the 98th AAA Air Defense Battalion

98th AAA Air Defense Battalion @ Nutley MuseumDid you, or someone you know, serve in Nutley at Battery A of the 98th AAA Air Defense Battalion form 1952 to 1957?

The Nutley History Society is seeking former members and artifacts of this chunk of Nutley history in protecting the free world.

Share your story and preserve our history by sharing your tales of serving at the camp. Please call us at 973-667-1528 and leave your contact information.

The camp was located on the south side of Park Avenue near Route 21 where the ball fields, tennis courts and hockey rink stand today. Its four 90 MM radar controlled guns were assigned to defend the George Washington Bridge, just 11 miles away, from Soviet bomber attack.

AA shirt donated to the Nutley Museum by current Nutley resident and former Camp Clerk Thomas Mahon.


Nutley-50 Years of Wrestling History

7 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Join us along with guest speakers Anthony Bowens AKA "Vigilante" who wrestled his first match on April 13, 2013 in his hometown of Nutley and who later went on to win his first title on April 12, 2014, Sal Scarpa, brother of Joe AKA Chief Jay Strongbow who will bring lots of memorabilia to display. 

Nutley wrestling coach Mike DiPiano, and former Nutley coach Carmen LoRe who resides in Nutley and was a member of the original "club" wrestling team at Nutley High School (1961) the first varsity wrestling team (1962) and head coach for the NHS wrestling team (1994 to 2007) and won over 100 matches.

Light refreshments will be available.

This event is free of charge and all are welcome!

Nutley Historical Society, 65 Church Street, Nutley, N.J. 


Nutley Historical Society

General Membership Meeting

& Election of Board Members

Nutley Museum, 65 Church Street, Nutley

New Date: WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017

 

Proposed Slate of Officers – Two-Year Term – 2017-2019

John Simko, Museum Director

Michael Gabriele, Nutley Velodrome Historian

Michael Frobose, Genealogy Chairman

Eileen Luberto, Secretary/Annie Oakley Historian

Michael Slomkowski, Hospitality Director

Rosemary Valese – Publicity Director

 Nominations from the Floor

Nutley Historical Society and Museum, 65 Church Street, Nutley, NJ 07110

Board members holding office until 2018

Domenick Tibaldo - President

Suzanne Hagert - Vice President

Maryann Lauber - Treasurer

Patricia Williams – Van Riper Historian

Barry Lenson - Art Historian

Mike Petrucelli – Director, Building & Grounds

Eleanor Slomkowski – Director, Membership

Please note that the by-laws of The Nutley Historical Society were amended by unanimous vote on January 19, 2012 in that the clause stating that the president, vice president, treasurer and secretary could only serve for two consecutive terms be deleted. 


A Walk in the Park

with John Simko

10 A.M., May 28, 2017

Memorial Park

For reservations email johnsimko1014@gmail.com


Annual Ice Cream for History

6:30 P.M., June 1, 2017


Now is a great time to join or renew your
Nutley Historical Society membership

Thanks to all our members who supported the Nutley Historical Society’s Events and Activities. Here is a recap of what your membership dues helped to support in 2016.

• Ongoing open houses and Museum events.  Our Museum continued to hold open houses for yearly events that included the Summer Ice Cream Social, the Fall Pumpkin Painting Festival, and the Christmas Holiday Open House with live music and refreshments.

• Tours of the Nutley parks. Museum Director John Simko continued to conduct “Walk in the Park” tours that explained our parks’ rich history – the creation of the Memorial Park to honor veterans of World War II, the locations of textile mills and other fascinating facts about our town.

• Special exhibitions outside the Museum. In the last year, the Historical Society has continued to present well-received lectures and special exhibitions at the Nutley Public Library.

• Art competition. Three members of our Board joined Nutley educators in a competition in which 18 Nutley students submitted designs for a new mural that will be installed in the Walker Middle School this year.

• Museum scholarships. Three scholarships were awarded to graduating Nutley High School students who applied and submitted essays about Nutley’s history.

Join/renew membership in the Nutley Historical Society


If you are interested in volunteering to be on one of our committees or for any additional information or to schedule a museum tour please call 973-667-1528.


Annual Fall Pumpkin Festival

2 P.M. October 15, 2017


Annual Christmas Party

7 P.M., December 7, 2017


All events are free of charge and are open to members, family and friends.


"Camp Nutley" Memorial Plaque, Nutley, NJCamp Nutley - The Army Anti-Aircraft Base in Nutley

Discussion and Video Debut

April 19, 2017

Nutley Historical Society will present an encore discussion and new video detailing the History of US Army "Camp Nutley," officially known as Battery A of the 98th AAA Air Defense Battalion. From 1952 to 1957, the camp was located on the south side of Park Avenue.

Scheduled to field questions about life on the base are former base Commander Michael Debany and current Nutley resident and former Camp Clerk Thomas Mahon. A video produced by Retired Lt. Col. Walter Debany (son of former camp commander Michael Debany) will debut.

Read more about Camp Nutley

Camp Nutley, Battery A, 98th AAA Gun Battalion: I Was There

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Nutley High School Performing Arts

Presents Annie Get Your Gun

March 2017

Nutley High School, Nutley, NJ

Nutley, NJ—Nutley High School Performing Arts presents three performances of Annie Get Your Gun at Nutley High School in March.

Annie Get Your Gun is based on the life of Annie Oakley—a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show—and her romance with fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler.

Annie Oakley house, Nutley, NJ - Nutley Historical Society

Annie Oakley's Home on Grant Avenue

In 1892, Annie returned home an international superstar following a five-year tour of Europe, where she performed for many heads of state. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Butler had a home built on Grant Avenue and lived in Nutley for 12 years. They were by all accounts terrific neighbors who were very active in Nutley social life. In 1894 Annie took part in the Nutley Amateur Circus, a local fundraiser to start a Red Cross chapter in town.

In 2016, then Nutley High School senior David Dizdari won a student art competition to design a mural based on the Amateur Circus. That mural will be installed in the John H. Walker Middle School and join five others painted by Nutley students in the 1930s—more than 80 years ago!

Visitors to the Nutley Historical Society and Museum can also see many of the Amateur Circus studies by the talented middle- and high-school students who took part in the art competition.

The Nutley Museum has a wonderful collection of Annie Oakley memorabilia—autographed photos, correspondence from European royalty, period posters, postcards sent to friends in Nutley, pistols owned by Annie and by Buffalo Bill, a coin nicked by Annie at the 1894 circus, and much more.

Read the full story of the Nutley musical here

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I Design Floral Events

Presents Blooms and Brunch Workshop

Jan. 29, 2017

Whether your thumbs are green or grey, our upcoming Blooms and Brunch – A Flower Design Workshop and Brunch will be a welcomed treat. This workshop is a unique experience that you will enjoy and cherish for years to come. Participants will create Pinterest-worthy centerpieces in a gorgeous design studio setting. Our workshops are a hands-on horticulture experience. Come mingle, design and let your artistic side blossom.

Blooms and Brunch will provide all of the flowers, foliage, vase and floral shears for you to create and take home your own arrangement. Brunch includes fresh fruit, bagels, pastries, coffee/tea, and punch. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event. A percentage of the event proceeds will be donated to the Nutley Historical Society.

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


Old Military Hall

Nutley Historical Society Old Military Hall, Nutley, NJ

OLD MILITARY HALL, has a divergent past filled with carousing as well has electioneering and troop drilling. First opened as a church called the Blue Meeting Hall, the building has also served as a dance hall, school, hotel, tax collector's office, roller skating rink, toting ball and meeting place.

Read More about Old Military Hall, Nutley, N.J.

Old Military Hall, Nutley, N.J., photo by Tom Booth

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 Nutley Historical Society

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

Nutley Museum, 65 Church Street, Nutley, N.J.

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Nutley Museum first floor facilities for your event

Call Kerry Flynn, caretaker  to rent the hall:

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For school groups and private museum tours, please contact

Suzanne Hagert 973-667-4270

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Kingsland Manor

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Site development & maintenance
provided at no cost to Nutley Historical Society

Sponsored by:

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Footprints: The Art and Life of Gary Erbe

'New Jersey Folk Revival Music - History and Tradition'

NHS receives $1,000 grant from Wells Fargo Foundation

NHS Board Member, Annie Oakley Expert Nancy Gruelich

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Camp Nutley

Vreeland Homestead

Know Your Town

Church Street School


Rent the historic first floor of the Nutley Museum for your event

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

PLEASE CALL AND LEAVE A MESSAGE BEFORE YOU EMAIL FOR RENTAL AVAILABILITY INFO - Thanks

Seating for up to 70 people. Handicap accessible

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

Rent the historic first floor of the Nutley Museum for your event

Rent the historic first floor of the Nutley Museum for your event

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

Save time, download forms:

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Vreeland Homestead

The Junior Woman's Club of Nutley used the house at 226 Chestnut Street for its functions from 1912 to 2012. The Vreeland House recently changed hands in May 2012, when the Junior Woman's Club of Nutley turned over the property to the township of Nutley, N.J. The town placed oversight of the 200-plus year-old house in the hands of the Nutley Historical Society which will inventory the parts, parcel and frame the artifacts in the historical sense. Read more about the Vreeland Homestead

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NUTLEY 

Yesterday - Today

- Ann Troy & Vivian Noyes Fikus

Where all great study of Nutley history begins

Hardcover keepsake copies are available at the Nutley Museum

NUTLEY Yesterday - Today, edited by Ann A. Troy

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Benefits of Nutley Historical Society Membership

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 and very affordable rate.

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

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Museum tours available upon request

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

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Know Your Town, Nutley: Early History

By Jesse K. Bartel

The natural wilderness which was once Nutley was first disturbed by the tread of the Lenape Indians on their eastward migration from the west of the Mississippi...

Continue reading

Excerpted from Early History by Jesse K. Bartel
in 1949's Know Your Town NUTLEY New Jersey - prepared as a community service by the League of Women Voters of the Nutley Area.

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Eaton Stone Circus tent photo of display at Nutley Museum - by Anthony Buccino

Nutley Amateur Circus

March 26, 2016

Nutley Museum Director John Simko looks back at the Nutley Amateur Circus, a colorful fundraiser to help those in need more than 100 years ago. Although this event took place in 1894, it has inspired a local mural competition unveiled later in the year.

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A Walk in the Park

The Nutley Historical Society and Museum held A Walk in the Park, 2016.

Vreeland Homestead, Nutley, N.J.

John Simko details the true history of the Vreeland Homestead
during Nutley Historical Society
Walk In The Park tour.

A Walk in the Park - a YouTube archive

Filmed by a tour-taker, this 22-minute clip provides a small portion of the great Nutley history shared by Museum Director John Simko.

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Eaton Stone Circus tent photo of display at Nutley Museum - by Anthony Buccino

Nutley Amateur Circus

March 26, 2016

Nutley Museum Director John Simko looks back at the Nutley Amateur Circus, a colorful fundraiser to help those in need more than 100 years ago. Although this event took place in 1894, it has inspired a local mural competition unveiled later in the year.

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Nutley Stories Bring Past To Life

NHS To Mark 70 Years

Nutley Historical Society joins i honoring Revolutionary War soldier killed in action


Thanks to all our members who supported Nutley Historical Society's Events and Activities in 2016

Here's what your membership helped support:

Ongoing open houses and Museum events. Our Museum continued to hold open houses for yearly events that included our Fall Pumpkin Painting Festival, our Christmas Holiday Open House with live music and refreshments, and the Summer Ice Cream Social.

A History of Nutley in 27 Objects. Exhibit displayed how an arrowhead, a quarry mallet, a telephone, and some paintbrushes helped define Nutley's development from a farming community to a New York City suburb. 

Tours of the Nutley parks. Museum Director John Simko continued to conduct "Walk in the Park" tours that explained our parks' rich history.

Special exhibitions outside the Museum. In the last year, the Historical Society has presented a well-received series of special exhibitions at the Nutley Public Library, in support of that institution's centennial.

Art competition. 18 Nutley students submitted designs for a new mural that will be installed in the Walker Middle School.

Museum scholarships. Three scholarships were awarded to graduating Nutley High School students.

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The Nutley Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serve the educational, cultural and historical needs of our community.

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

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