NUTLEY, NJ - I scream you scream we all scream for history? Nutley Historical Society recently held their annual Ice Cream for History event at the Nutley Museum. The free event open to everyone but geared towards the children, gave a tour of the museum on Church Street and Nutley’s rich history it holds.
Children and adults climbed the stairs and ventured around the second floor the old school house. Visitors were able to see the ITT tower come tumbling down on a video, a former telephone booth and the telephone switchboard that once had a life at Town Hall until the 1980s. Old maps and portraits hang on the walls. Past school uniforms for sports and bands are enclosed in cases and high school yearbooks and photos from town events are stashed in cabinets. Memorabilia of famous people such as Annie Oakley’s guns and coin she shot were also viewed.
The museum also harbors the beacon of the ITT tower, the only remains of the iconic skyscraper. The 300 ft. microwave research tower was built in 1947 and demolished in April of 1996 to build the Cambridge Heights townhouses on Washington Avenue.
Guests received a ticket for the treat once they viewed the museum. Children and adults enjoyed chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream. Magician James Challes, of Nutley, performed some illusions on the first floor of the museum.
Daniel DiCristo, 5, of Nutley, was intrigued with the old oven and old wagon he saw. Seven-year-old Sam Koehler said he found the telephone interesting. Kaiden Cerniglia- Rapavi found the ITT Tower falling fascinating.
“I think it was really cool. I never knew that Nutley had so many cool things back then. It’s nice to see the things back then. They used what they had to help them. I never knew the town had such a big history,” said Vida Montesino, 10, who attends the fourth grade at Washington School.
It was cool they have so many artifacts and it was preserved so well,” said Christian Badawi, 9, also a fourth grader at Washington.
Washington School fourth grade class had also held a field trip there earlier that day. Most the children from the trip returned with their parents to learn more about the township and enjoy the cold treat.
National Ice Cream Day is July 16. Kingland Manor will hold their annual ice cream social Sunday afternoon. Celebrate 32 Years of National Ice Cream Month and 100 years of Recorded Jazz at Kingsland Manor July 16