Nutley Historical Society and Museum

The Nutley Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serve the educational, cultural and historical needs of our community. Founded March 5, 1945.

65 Church Street
Nutley N.J. 07110

Mark Your 2016 Calendars

Spring in Nutley, Nutley Historical Society photo archives

Sunday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., October 16: Fall Pumpkin Festival

Thursday, 7 p.m., December 8: Christmas Party

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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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

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Hold Harmless Agreement

2016-Rental Agreement

Museum tours available upon request
Call 973-667-1528, or Nancy at 973-235-0773

The Ann A. Troy Gallery-Nutley Museum is open four times a year, and tours are available on request.

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

A Walk in the Park

The Nutley Historical Society and Museum will host A Walk in the Park on Sunday, May 29, and Saturday, June 4, from 10:30 a.m. till noon. These tours are free, but each tour is limited to 30 people and requires registration.

For registration and tour details, please email or call 973.752.8984.

June 4, 2015 walk details and registration info

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.

Ice Cream for History

Thursday, June 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 The Nutley Historical Society and Museum will host its ninth annual Ice Cream for History Night on Thursday, June 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Explore Nutley history through fun science-related activities, enjoy complementary ice cream, and visit our recently renovated museum.

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.

Take a real tour May 29 or June 4

See above for registration details.

Eaton Stone Circus tent photo of display at Nutley Museum - by Anthony Buccino


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.

Michael Gabriele, artwork display at Montclair State University

Gabriele Pastel on Display

At University Art Gallery

Mike Gabriele (member of our Board of Directors and the Nutley Velodrome historian) was invited to display his latest pastel at an Art Show at Montclair State's George Segal Gallery.

MSU gallery chooses Clifton artist's works for its exhibition

The George Segal Gallery at Montclair State is holding its annual Art Connections 12: Affordable Art exhibition and art sale, offering a wide selection of affordable and original art for all levels of collecting.

Through April 9, the exhibition gives gallery patrons, Montclair State University's alumni, the area's many collectors, curators and art dealers the opportunity to support the gallery and its mission. Proceeds from the event support exhibitions at the George Segal Gallery and the care of the University's permanent collection, and the annual event has grown from a regional exhibit to one of national scope and now in its twelfth year to present affordable art. 

Since its founding in 1969, the Montclair State University Art Galleries, the crown jewel of the Montclair State Art Galleries, has lived its mission to propagate culture and art through interpretive modern and contemporary art exhibitions and the presentation of related events using its collection as well as local, statewide, and international sources.

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.

Thanks to all our members who supported Nutley Historical Society's Events and Activities. Here's what your 2015 membership dues 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.

A History of Nutley in 27 Objects

Nutley Stories Bring Past To Life

NHS To Mark 70 Years

Museum Discoveries Open Door To Past

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.

Camp Nutley - The Army Base

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 - The Army Base

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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