Nutley Historical Society and Museum

65 Church Street, Nutley N.J. 07110

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March 15: Nutley - 50 Years of Wrestling History

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

Know Your Town, Nutley: Early History

Nutley-50 Years of Wrestling History

7 p.m., Wednesday, March 15, 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 High School Performing Arts

Presents Annie Get Your Gun

March 10 at 7 p.m., March 11 at 7 p.m., March 12 at 2 p.m.

Nutley High School, Nutley, NJ

Nutley, NJ—Nutley High School Performing Arts presents three performances of Annie Get Your Gun at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11 as well as 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 12 at Nutley High School, 300 Franklin Avenue, Nutley, NJ.

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. When Annie’s skills prove better than Bill’s, business heats up while romance cools, until the final shoot-out ensures a finale that hits the mark.

“The music of Irving Berlin—featuring hits like There's No Business Like Show Business and Anything You Can Do—makes Annie Get Your Gun truly memorable,” says Musical Director Nicole Monte. Adds Director Austin Vallies, “We’re so excited to work with our multi-talented student cast, crew, and musicians in this fun nod to a dynamic figure in Nutley history.”

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. Later this year, 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!

In the meantime, David’s mural will be on display in the Nutley High School lobby during performances of Annie Get Your Gun. Nutley Museum Director John Simko calls it “a terrific painting from many great student submissions that captures a special moment in Nutley’s rich history,” noting that this is a “fantastic opportunity to see it up close.”

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 Historical Society and 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.

Music and lyrics for Annie Get Your Gun are by Irving Berlin and book is by siblings Dorothy Fields and Herbert Fields. This NHS Performing Arts production features a cast of Nutley High School students as well as a live orchestra of students and professionals.

The production staff includes Director Austin Vallies, Musical Directors Austin Vallies and Nicole Monte, Assistant Directors Eric Wdowiak and Michael Gurrieri, Choreographer Kristen Driscoll, Set and Lighting Designer James Gardner, and Sound Designer Henry Meola.

Tickets for reserved seats are available for advance purchase at the Nutley High School auditorium on the following dates:

Wednesday, March 1, 5:30-7 p.m.

Saturday, March 4, 3-5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 7, 5:30-7 p.m.

Tickets also available at the door 90 minutes prior to performances (subject to availability). $12 general admission (rows 12 and back)/$15 orchestra circle (first 11 rows). Visit Friends of Nutley Singers - FONS on Facebook or email for more information and updates.

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

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


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.

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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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NUTLEY Yesterday - Today, edited by Ann A. TroyNUTLEY 

Yesterday - Today

- Ann Troy & Vivian Noyes Fikus

Where all great study of Nutley history begins

Hardcover keepsake copies

are available at the Nutley Museum

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

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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The Nutley Historical Society General Membership Meeting and Election of Board Members

Nutley Museum, 65 Church Street, Nutley

The election of officers was held March 19, 2016. See our current officers.

 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.

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Nutley Stories Bring Past To Life

NHS To Mark 70 Years

Nutley Historical Society joins in honoring local man killed in action in American War of Independence.

Descendant of Revolutionary War soldier visits Nutley, Belleville

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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Camp Nutley - The Army Anti-Aircraft Base in Nutley

Camp Nutley NJ Antiaircraft Battery - Copyright © 2016 Nutley Historical Societ

Plaque dedication, historical talk
See layouts and more about the Cold War era, 1952 to 1957, when the U.S. Army had antiaircraft gun bases in Nutley, N.J., to defend the George Washington Bridge from aerial attack.

Read more about Camp Nutley

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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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Thanks to all our members who supported

Nutley Historical Society's Events and Activities

Here's what you and 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 which afforded children the opportunity to make ice cream and walkie-talkies out of tin cans and string.

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. In conjunction with this exhibit, the Nutley Historical Society sponsored a Living History Night, where long-time residents recalled and shared their earlier times in town.

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 presented a well-received series of special exhibitions at the Nutley Public Library, in support of that institution's centennial. These exhibitions included displays of historical objects in the Library as well as four exhibitions that explored Nutley's murals and muralists, lost old buildings, and other topics.

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.

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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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Call Kerry Flynn, caretaker  to rent the hall:

CALL 973-667-1528


For school groups and private museum tours, please contact

Suzanne Hagert 973-667-4270


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Camp Nutley

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Know Your Town

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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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