Nutley Historical Society and Museum

65 Church Street, Nutley N.J. 07110

Mark Twain visits Editor Bunner in Nutley, N.J.'The World of H.C. Bunner' Exhibit at the Nutley Museum

Extended thru Feb. 3, 2018

By popular demand “The World of H. C. Bunner” has been extended through February 3, 2018, by appointment only.

Please call 973-667-1528 to schedule a visit.

Opening Reception, November 12, 2017

The World of H.C. Bunner:

Changing the Tastes of America From New York to Nutley

THE WORLD OF H.C. Bunner, Nutley Historical Society,Nutley, NJ

Please join us at the opening of a terrific and important exhibit at the Nutley Museum, 65 Church St., Nutley, on Sunday, November 12.

This fall, Henry Cuyler Bunner will be inducted into the Nutley Hall of Fame. To celebrate that event, the Nutley Historical Society is presenting “The World of H.C. Bunner: Changing the Tastes of America from New York to Nutley.” Henry Bunner (1855–1896) was an internationally known editor, author, and poet who lived on Whitford Avenue for the last ten years of his short life.

Items from the Nutley Museum’s collection and on loan from other institutions anchor an exhibit that celebrates (1) the New York literary giant and (2) our Nutley homeboy.

As editor of the incredibly successful and influential Puck magazine, the New York Bunner shone a light on political corruption and promoted the rights of women and the many immigrants, whom he called “the new Americans,” flowing into the country, At the same time, Bunner was one of a prominent author and poet at the powerful Scribner’s Sons publishing house. But his most important influence came from challenging authors to begin basing their literary characters on American models rather than continuing to look to Europe.

Autographed first-edition Bunner books, original copies of Puck, never-before-seen artwork by Puck artists and Bunner family members, hand-written Bunner correspondence and poetry, and many other items explain and celebrate the New York Bunner.

Bunner’s Nutley was also an exciting place at an exciting time. Bunner lived on Whitford Avenue in a home he loved (he called it “the Bunnery”), and commuted by train to his office in Lower Manhattan. His neighbors were some of Nutley’s most influential citizens, including Annie Oakley and Jack Bouvier, and he lived a short walk from Guthries, the original Grace Church, the Highfield Lane train station, and the Nutley Field Club, of which he was a founding member—and Master of Games!

Beautiful period photographs, enlarged postcards, and handwritten documents show off Mr. Bunner’s neighborhood.

HC Bunner's Pig - courtesy - The New York Times, Nov. 27, 1893Since Annie Oakley was a close friend of Bunner’s (collaborating with him on the 1894 Nutley Amateur Circus, among other things), the museum’s Annie Oakley collection will be presented in that light. New discoveries in the museum’s archives have made our collection one of the most significant in the country.

Even our Guthries store items become relevant, not only because that was where Bunner hung out with the likes of Samuel Clemens discussing politics and eating ice cream, but because each and every phone call the New York editor took or made during his Nutley days was from the oak phone booth that now sits in our museum—it was the only one in town during his time here.

And Bunner was also a part of Nutley’s larger art colony. Over the last few years I have substantially improved and expanded our art collection from that period, and about a dozen works from artists who were friends with Bunner will be featured.

My co-curator is Linda Selman, a New York actress and director who is also a Bunner expert. The entire second floor of the museum will be transformed into this free exhibit. Victorian clothing from the museum’s extensive collection will help set the tone.

At noon on Sunday, November 12, a formal opening will take place on the first floor of the museum. Linda Selman will present some exciting research on H.C. Bunner, after which the upstairs exhibit will open. We are excited that Bunner’s great-grandson is traveling from Florida to be at the event. The building will be nicely decorated, and Victorian-inspired refreshments will be served.

I hope to see you at the opening of this important exhibit at the Nutley Museum honoring the great American editor, author, and poet and now Nutley Hall of Famer, H.C. Bunner.

All best,

John Simko

Director, Nutley Museum

Mark Your Calendar

The World of H.C. Bunner: Changing the Tastes of America From New York to Nutley

March 14, 2018 - General Membership Meeting/Election of Officers - 7 p.m.

May 27, 2018 - A Walk in the Park conducted by Museum Director John Simko - 10 a.m.

May 31, 2018 - Ice Cream for History - 6:30 p.m.

June 4, 2018 - 85th Anniversary of the Velodrome - Speaker/Author Michael Gabriele - 7 p.m.

October 7, 2018 - Fall Pumpkin Festival - 2 p.m.

December 6, 2018 - Annual Christmas Party - 7 p.m.

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Thanks to all our members who supported the Nutley Historical Society’s events and activities.

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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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Nutley History

Sharpshooter Annie Oakley lived in Nutley, N.J. 1894

Sharpshooter Annie Oakley Lived in Nutley, New Jersey Public Library Centennial Celebration.

John Simko reveals Nutley history along the Yountakah River.

A Walk in the Park: Historic Nutley Walking Tour at Memorial Park with John Simko

May 28, 2017

More than two dozen locals brushed up Nutley history with “A Walk in the Park,” hosted by Nutley Museum Director, John Simko.

The walking tour stepped off on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at the Mud Hole (near the intersection of Passaic and Vreeland Avenues) and traveled along the Third River. 

Mr. Simko talked about the river’s role in Nutley history as a source for early industry, as an 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 visited the sites of three former mills as well as the pre-Revolutionary Van Giesen homestead. Those on the tour learned why the Third River splits in two, about the beginnings of our hundred-year-old Carnegie Library and even older Town Hall, and walked through one of Nutley’s oldest cemeteries. 

The tour concluded inside an 1875 brick schoolhouse (now the Nutley Historical Society and Museum). The museum was open for browsing, and tour-related museum objects were on display. 

The real story of the Vreeland Manor is just one stop on the historic tour of Nutley led by NHS trustee John Simko. See Nutley Videos at right.

Camp Nutley
Army Anti-Aircraft Base in Nutley

Discussion and Video Debut

Nutley Historical Society 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.

Read all about Camp Nutley and see the video: Camp Nutley, Battery A, 98th AAA Gun Battalion: I Was There

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US Army 'Camp Nutley' aka Battery A of the 98th AAA Air Defense Battalion

Did you, or someone you know anyone who served in Nutley at Battery A of the 98th AAA Air Defense Battalion from 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.

98th AAA Air Defense Battalion @ Nutley Museum

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

Nutley High School Performing Arts Presents Annie Get Your Gun

Nutley High School, Nutley, NJ—Nutley High School Performing Arts presented three performances of Annie Get Your Gun at Nutley High School in March 2017.

Read the full story of the Nutley musical here

Students Tour Nutley Museum

Washington School fourth grade students recently toured Nutley Museum, Franklin Reformed Church and Cemetery.

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.

Grace Episcopal Church - Nutley Historical Society

LOST AND FOUND: Beautiful Buildings
That Once Graced Nutley

Lost and Found: Beautiful Buildings That Once Graced Nutley” curated by Art Director Barry Lenson of the Nutley Historical Society. It was on view at the library July-September 2014, as part of the Nutley

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: Old Military Hall, Nutley, N.J.

Vreeland Homestead

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.

Read about the Vreeland Homestead

50 Years of Nutley Wrestling History - 2017

Guest speakers included 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 brought lots of memorabilia. 

See Nutley Wrestling History event photos and More

Meet Chief Jay Strongbow

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 inspired a local mural competition unveiled in 2016 and installed at John Walker Middle School.

Fall Pumpkin Festival

October 15, 2017

Nutley High School Key Club students @ Nutley Historical Society, pumpkin festival.

The Nutley Historical Society thanks the Nutley High School Key Club students who wonderfully volunteered to help with our Pumpkin Festival.

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

Allegri Ice Company

Camp Nutley Army Base

Celebrating Guthrie's Ice Cream

Meet Chief Jay Strongbow

Nutley Town Hall History

Old Military Hall, Nutley, N.J.

U.S. Presidents Visit Nutley

The Enclosure Artists Colony

When Nutley Was a Golfer's Heaven

When Nutley Was a Quarry Town

Courtesy of Nutley Neighbors, a community magazine serving the residents of Nutley, N.J, and as noted


UN Garden Drive For Funds

Nutley Waterworks- the Mudhole Nutley Historical Society

Nutley Videos

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John Simko, Museum Director

Walk In the Park


Nutley Public Library

Walk in the Park 4:32


Walk in the Park

Walk in the Park 4:23

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Schools 1:01

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Womens Club 6:24

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Womens Club Interior 1 1:26

Womens Club Interior 2 1:55



John Simko at the Mud Hole (2012)

Historical Society Supports Performing Arts' Annie Get Your Gun

Camp Nutley - The Army Anti-Aircraft Base in Nutley

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

Camp Nutley

Vreeland Homestead

Know Your Town

Church Street School

Living in Nutley (view the slide show)

Annie Oakley's Home, Rich in History

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...

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Kingsland Manor

Van Riper Trust

Nutley Little Theatre

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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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