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

65 Church Street, Nutley N.J. 07110

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

December 6, 2018 - Annual Christmas Party

December 8, 2018 - A Morning of Classic Christmas Cartoons and Films for Children

January 1, 2019 - Winners to be announced in 'Picturing Nutley' Photography Contest

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.

Deadline: The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2018.

Winners will be announced on or about January 1, 2019.

CONTEST SITE, more information: All photos must be entered at


Show us YOUR Nutley!

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

Nutley History, from Annie Oakley

to the Morris Canal

to the Cold War Camp

Read all about it in dozens of archived stories!

Make 2018 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 the “Join Now” tab on the Nutley Historical Society’s website. 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.

Member Benefit

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)

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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

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Nutley Historical Society

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.

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

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 . . .


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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The Nutley Museum Presents . . .

A Saturday Morning of Classic Christmas Cartoons and Films

Saturday, December 8, 2018

9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Nutley Historical Society is pleased to announce a special showing of old-time Christmas cartoons and short films at the Nutley Museum 65 Church Street, Nutley, N.J., at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2018.

The program will include Christmas short films from the 1930s – 1950s that include “The Little Drummer Boy,” “A Christmas Dream” and “The Night Before Christmas,” as well as classic cartoons like “The Christmas Visitor” and “The Little King Christmas Night.” The showing will also include “The Little Match Girl,” an immortal cartoon from 1937.

All Nutleyites are invited to attend. Admission is free.

The Gary and Zeny Erbe Old-Time Film Festival

The showing marks the first 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

Annual Christmas Party

Hosted by The Nutley Historical Society

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

7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, December 6, 2018

Musical entertainment by “doorjam”

Light refreshments. Sing along!

Nutley Museum, 65 Church Street, Nutley, NJ 07110

85th Anniversary of the Velodrome -  June 4, 2018

New Jersey Author Michael Gabriele will mark the 85th anniversary of the opening of the legendary Nutley Velodrome with a program at the Nutley Museum on June 4.

Eighty-five years ago, the world’s top professional bike riders came to Nutley to compete at the legendary Nutley Velodrome. The cycling track opened on Sunday, June 4, 1933, before a standing-room-only crowd of 12,000 cycling fans. The velodrome was located on Park Avenue, occupying an area where the present-day Little League field and the township’s Parks and Public Properties building sits.

Joseph Miele, an entrepreneur from East Orange, stepped forward to fill the void left by the Newark Velodrome, which closed on Sept. 21, 1930. Professional cycling, a popular spectator sport in Newark for more than 40 years, saw its fan base sharply decline during the late 1920s. Miele thought a new velodrome in Nutley could rejuvenate the bike game.

U.S. Olympian Victor Hopkins made his debut at the track on June 7, 1933—the first Wednesday night race at the velodrome, which drew over 7,000 fans. International sprint champion and Newark native Bill Honeman, wearing his eye-catching “Stars and Stripes” racing outfit, made his first appearance at the Nutley track on June 14, 1933, winning the one-mile pro race.

The velodrome enjoyed success during its first two seasons, but by 1935 the fan base declined, much like it did at the Newark track. On Sept. 15, 1940 the Nutley Velodrome closed its gates for the last time. The golden era of U.S. velodrome cycling came to an end and the track was demolished in February 1942.

Gabriele is a member of the executive board of the Nutley Historical Society. In 2011, he wrote a book titled “The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey,” published by The History Press, which detailed the history of professional bicycle racing in the Garden State. His book will be available for sale following the program.

A Walk in the Park 2018

The “A Walk in the Park” tour is sponsored by the Nutley Historical Society. It has been held at the end of May 28. Led by Nutley Museum director John Simko, the walking tour begins at the Mud Hole (near the intersection of Passaic and Vreeland avenues) and travels along the Third River. 

Simko explained 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 visited the sites of three former mills, tour the pre-Revolutionary War Van Giesen homestead, find out why the Third River splits in two, where Simko recounted 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” ended inside Nutley’s first brick schoolhouse (now the Nutley Historical Society and Museum) where refreshments were served and the museum was open and tour-related objects from our archives are on display. See video archive of earlier walking tours

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

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 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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