Nutley Historical Society and Museum

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

Mark Your Calendar

May 28: A Walk in the Park Historic Tour

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


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

with John Simko

10 A.M., May 28, 2017

Brush up on your Nutley history this Memorial Day Weekend beginning with “A Walk in the Park,” hosted by Nutley Museum Director, John Simko.

Town Hall, Nutley, N.J. - Nutley Historical Society archives

The walking tour will step off at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at the Mud Hole (near the intersection of Passaic and Vreeland Avenues) and will travel along the Third River. 

Mr. Simko will talk 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 will visit the sites of three former mills as well as the pre-Revolutionary Van Giesen homestead. Find out why the Third River splits in two, learn about the beginnings of our hundred-year-old Carnegie Library and even older Town Hall, and walk through one of Nutley’s oldest cemeteries. 

The tour concludes at noon inside an 1875 brick schoolhouse (now the Nutley Historical Society and Museum) where light refreshments will be served. The museum will be open for browsing, and tour-related objects from our archives will be on display in our main hall. 

“A Walk in the Park” is free, but is limited to 30 people and requires pre-registration. To register for the tour send an email to johnsimko1014@gmail.com or call 973-752-8984 and leave a message. Include your name, number of people in your party, your phone number and e-mail address. You will receive confirmation via e-mail or a phone call.

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

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50 Years of Nutley Wrestling History

May 17, 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. 

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 more than 100 matches.

See Nutley Wrestling History event photos and More

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Annual Ice Cream for History

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

The Nutley Historical Society is hosting its Annual Ice Cream for History night and museum tour at the Nutley Museum, 65 Church Street, Nutley, N.J.

The Society is especially happy to welcome children to the museum along with their parents who will enjoy Nutley's rich history.

Ice cream is 'free' and all welcome to tour the Nutley Museum on the 2nd floor.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!   


Annual Fall Pumpkin Festival

2 P.M. October 15, 2017


Annual Christmas Party

7 P.M., December 7, 2017


Nutley Historical Society General Membership Meeting & Election of Board Members

Nutley Museum, 65 Church Street, Nutley

Held May 17, 2017

Officers

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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.

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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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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

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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.


Camp 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.

Read all about Camp Nutley and see the video: 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

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

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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.

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

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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 2016

Nutley Amateur Circus

Vreeland Homestead

Camp Nutley - The Army Anti-Aircraft Base in Nutley

Old Military Hall

Know Your Town, Nutley: Early History

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

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Living in Nutley (view the slide show)

Nutley Stories Bring Past To Life

NHS To Mark 70 Years

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


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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Rental Agreement

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For school groups and private museum tours, please contact

Suzanne Hagert 973-667-4270


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 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 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

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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.

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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

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Also of Interest in Nutley, N.J.

Kingsland Manor

Van Riper Trust

Nutley Little Theatre

Nutley Historic Preservation Committee

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Site development & maintenance
provided at no cost to Nutley Historical Society,
sponsored by:

Nutley Sons Honor Roll

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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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