Celebrate National Library Week with a presentation on the Nutley Amateur Circus, with Museum Director, John Simko!

Saturday, April 10 from 2 - 3:30 pm

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On March 27, 1894, a unique fundraiser was held in Franklin Township, New Jersey, to start a local Red Cross chapter. The Nutley Amateur Circus was staged in an old training pavilion on horseman Eaton Stone’s 40-acre farm just outside town.

The circus became the social event of the year, and the whole town was involved in its preparation. Artists created hand-decorated programs; local businesses donated materials and labor to spruce up the pavilion, even stringing electric lights; white banners with red crosses were strung across porches throughout town; and the Erie Railroad was persuaded to run special trains for the event.

The fundraiser showcased local talent—amateurs—including businessmen who trained as tumblers and equestrians showing off their riding skills. Wall Street brokers became ushers, and lawyers acted as clowns. And Molly, a local delivery horse, performed flawlessly as “Little Surefoot” while Nutley resident Annie Oakley unveiled a new act.

Relive this exciting event with an online presentation by John Simko, a Nutley historian and the Director of the Nutley Museum, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 10.

You must register in advance to attend. When registering you will receive a confirmation and one day before the event you will receive an email with login instructions through Zoom.