Nutley Historical Society and Museum

65 Church Street, Nutley N.J. 07110

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Sunday, 11 a.m., Jan. 29: Blooms and Brunch Workshop

NHS Board Member, Annie Oakley Expert Nancy Gruelich, 80

Nutley Historical Society receives Wells Fargo grant

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

I Design Floral Events


Blooms and Brunch Workshop

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 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.

$85.00 per person - Register Here

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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Please join us

Art lecture and book launch by Nutley's own:
Gary Erbe, nationally known trompe l'oeil artist

Dec. 4, 2016

Please visit the Nutley Museum for a lecture and book signing by Gary Erbe, nationally known trompe l’oeil artist and Nutley resident at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.

Erbe will be presenting Footprints: The Art and Life of Gary Erbe, a newly released book published by The Butler Institute of American Art.

 Signed copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. Light refreshments will be available and the Nutley Museum will be open for visiting.

Footprints: The Art and Life of Gary Erbe

About Footprints: The Art and Life of Gary Erbe

This large-format scholarly written volume is hard cover, 300 pages with over 250 illustrations. This is the most comprehensive book written about Gary Erbe, one of America’s foremost trompe l’oiel artists.

In the book, a distinguished group of art historians focuses in depth on the artist’s life and over fifty years of creating an impressive body of work consistent in quality and vision. Contributing writers are Dr. Thomas Folk, Dr. Carol Lowrey, Dr. Christine I. Oaklander, Carter Ratcliff, Dr. Michael W. Schantz and Dr. Louis A. Zona.

Erbe personally devotes one chapter of this 11-chapter book to the technical aspects associated with painting, including how to prepare canvas like the old masters, a special formula for the oil medium he uses, the proper varnish to use, and the palette.

This first edition book is limited in numbers and a must for art lovers and students of all ages.

“The Nutley Historical Society is thankful to Gary Erbe for the opportunity to premiere this important new book about a major American painter who resides in our town,” says Barry Lenson, Art Director of the Nutley Museum. “Since Gary Erbe and his wife Zeny moved to Nutley in 2009, they have become champions of The Nutley Historical Society. Over the years, Nutley has been home to painters Albert Sterner, Arthur Hoeber, Reginald Marsh, Michael Lenson and others. Of them all, Mr. Erbe is probably the most renowned and respected.”

About Gary T. Erbe

Gary T. Erbe, a self-taught painter, was born in 1944 in Union City, N,J., where he maintained his studio from 1972 until 2006. Unable to attend art school, he worked as an engraver to support himself and his family. In 1967, he discovered trompe l’oeil painting and its masters and found his artistic place. He enlarged the scope of nineteenth-century trompe l’oeil painting by adding the illusion of levitation and a near-magical juxtaposition of objects which, in his words, “in reality had no relationship.”

Since Erbe decided to pursue his art full time in 1970, he has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in many of America’s most important art museums. A partial list includes a 40-year retrospective exhibition that traveled to the Butler Institute of American Art, the Salmagundi Club, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and other venues (2008-2009), a solo exhibition in the Grand Gallery of the National Arts Club in New York (2000), and a 25-year retrospective exhibition that was shown at the James A. Michener Museum, the Butler Institute of American Art, and other institutions.

Erbe has won numerous awards, including the Gold Medal of Honor at the 2007 Allied Artists of America 94th Annual Exhibition, First Prize at the Butler Institute of American Art’s 66th National Midyear Exhibition, and many others. His paintings are held by many museums and private collections.

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Christmas Party - December 8

Nutley Historical Society Annual Christmas Party is being held at 7 p.m. at the Nutley Museum, 65 Church Street, on Thursday, December 8, 2016.

Light refreshments will be served as we listen to Door Jam.

We hope you will join us for this festive event. On behalf of all the board members of the Nutley Historical Society, we would like to thank you for your continued support and would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.

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'New Jersey Folk Revival Music
- History and Tradition'

Book Launch Reception at the Nutley Museum

Dec. 9, 2016

“New Jersey Folk Revival Music: History & Tradition,” the new book by New Jersey author and historian Michael Gabriele and published by The History Press/Arcadia Publishing, will be unveiled at a gala reception on Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m., at the Nutley Museum, 65 Church St., Nutley.

“New Jersey Folk Revival Music: History & Tradition,” by New Jersey author and historian Michael Gabriele

 The event, sponsored by the Nutley Historical Society, is free and open to the public. Those attending will be invited to consider a $5 free-will donation per person to support museum operations. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and free parking is available on neighborhood streets. Complementary refreshments, coffee, desserts and light snacks will be served. Books will be available for sale by the author.

 This is Gabriele’s third book published by The History Press. A member of the Nutley Historical Society’s executive board, Gabriele is a 1971 graduate of Nutley High School, and a 1975 graduate of Montclair State University.

 The reception will feature Ron Olesko, keynote speaker; and Roger Deitz, special guest artist. Both men have been major participants in the evolution of New Jersey folk revival music and they will share their insights.

 Ron Olesko is the president of the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club in Fair Lawn and a radio DJ with WFDU FM at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Roger Deitz is an accomplished musician on the Garden State folk revival music circuit. He received the 2012 “lifetime achievement award” from the New Jersey Folk Festival. For more than 40 years, in addition to his musical performances, Deitz has penned numerous columns, feature stories, essays and reviews for publications such as Frets, Acoustic Guitar, Fast Folk, Billboard, and Sing Out!.

 The book underlines the notion that folk revival music is a “living history,” building upon time-honored traditions. Gabriele’s new book provides a narrative on the evolution, traditions and history of folk revival music in New Jersey, from the days of bawdy tavern revelers and fiddle players in the 1700s; to the magical acoustic sounds heard throughout the Pine Barrens; to the advent of the “Guitar Mania” phenomenon in the mid-1800s; to monumental recordings made by Woody Guthrie, Paul Robeson, Jimmie Rodgers and Cecil Sharp at the Victor studios in Camden during the early 1900s; to inspirational concert performances by legendary artists Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan; to the growth of music festivals and organizations throughout the state; to the rise of bluegrass and new grass music; to the achievements of current world-class New Jersey musicians.

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NHS Board Member, Annie Oakley Expert Nancy Gruelich, 80

NHS Board Member, Annie Oakley Expert Nancy GruelichNancy Greulich, 80, of Nutley, N.J., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. Visitation will be on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. The cremation will be held privately.

Born in East Orange, Greulich lived in Nutley for more than 50 years where she was always seen and heard at township events.

As a long-time Nutley Historical Society board member Gruelich led tours of the Nutley Museum for scouts, schoolchildren and visiting families.

Gruelich studied the life of Annie Oakley and the sharpshooter's era here in Nutley and became expert on the life of our famous celebrity.

Nancy was a founding member of the Nutley Thriving Survivors, a member of the Women's Initiative of Nutley, past-president of the Nutley and Essex Republican Clubs, an elected Republican Official, a member of the John H. Walker Memorial Fund, the John V. Kelly Foundation, and friends of the Nutley Library.

Nancy was the Jaycee's 2009 recipient of the Award for Civic Affairs. She belonged to several dining groups, dog enthusiast groups and was very proud of her work with her therapy dog Casey who for 12 years visited hospitals, Kessler Rehabilitation facilities, handicapped classrooms and people's homes bringing joy and love as only a dog can bring.

Nancy served the Nutley Board of Education for 29 years as a Teacher's Aide and Purchasing Agent. Her intensity and passion will be missed in our family and our Township.

She was the loving mother of Kim, Jeff (Robyn), Stephen (Robin), and Alex (Deb) and beloved dog Stella. Nancy was a loving Mema to her six grandchildren, DJ, Kyle, Corey, Allison, Melissa and Kirston. She was an endeared aunt and caring friend to many.

In lieu of flowers, please refer to Biondi Funeral for a complete list.

Nutley's Annie Oakley expert dies

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Nutley Historical Society receives

$1,000 grant from Wells Fargo

Nutley, N.J., Oct. 25, 2016 – The Nutley Historical Society has been awarded a $1,000 grant by Wells Fargo Foundation to support the organization’s mission to promote understanding of Nutley history among the people of Nutley.

Nutley Museum Art Director Barry Lenson accepts $1,000 grant from Wells Fargo Community Connections Program. From left, Wells Fargo Northern N.J., Region President Fred Bertoldo; Lenson; Central Essex District Manager Mireya Contreras; and Metro North Jersey Area President Ivon Creagh.

The Nutley Historical Society was founded in 1945 when a group of concerned Nutley citizens decided to establish the Nutley Historical Society and Museum in the historic brick Church Street School which is located at 65 Church Street, Nutley.

The beautiful and historic museum, built in 1875, is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the envy of many other civic historical societies in New Jersey.

The museum holds a series of open houses, lectures, tours and other events that are attended by more than 500 Nutleyites every year, as well as by visitors from other towns and states. Other programs include college scholarships given to Nutley students, special exhibitions in the Nutley library and elsewhere, and a vibrant program of other events.

“We truly appreciate Wells Fargo’s support,” said Domenick Tibaldo, President of the Nutley Historical Society. “We will use this grant to produce more high-quality experiences for the people of our town, and to increase outreach and public awareness of our museum and its mission.”

The grant was awarded as part of Wells Fargo’s Community Connections program, which provides local branch managers the opportunity to make a $1,000 charitable contribution on behalf of Wells Fargo to a nonprofit of their choice.  

Wells Fargo Northern New Jersey branches distributed a total of $148,000 in grants to support nonprofit groups, an increase from last year’s $139,000 contributions.

“We host this annual breakfast to celebrate, recognize and say thank you to community heroes such as The Nutley Historical Society for all of their invaluable contributions and dedicated service to empower northern New Jersey neighborhoods over the past year,” said Fred Bertoldo, Wells Fargo’s Northern New Jersey region president.  “Each nonprofit grant recipient was identified by our local branches. They see which nonprofits are out in the community making a difference in the areas where many team members and customers are proud to live and work.”

The annual Community Connections program offers Wells Fargo branch managers the opportunity to provide additional grants to local nonprofits of their choice in New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania.

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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.

Fall Pumpkin Festival

Come join the fun for pumpkin painting and light refreshments


Paint Your Real Pumpkin

Museum tours will also be conducted, event hosted by The Nutley Historical Society at Nutley Museum, 65 Church Street, Nutley, N.J. on Oct. 16, 2016.

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A Walk in the Park

The Nutley Historical Society and Museum held A Walk in the Park on May 29, and June 4, 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.

Nutley Museum Grand Reopening

The recently renovated Nutley Museum will be open to the public after each walking tour as well as from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, 2016

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Ice Cream for History

The Nutley Historical Society and Museum will host its ninth annual Ice Cream for History Night on June 2, 2016. Explore Nutley history through fun science-related activities, enjoy complementary ice cream, and visit our recently renovated museum.

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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 Public Library

Join Nutley Museum Director John Simko for a look 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 to be unveiled later this year.

Come to the NUTLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY and learn about this circus that still fascinates us today. The half-hour talk for all ages will be immediately followed by a circus inspired art project.

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

Here's what you and your 2015 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 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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