NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley children got to learn about the township’s rich history then enjoyed some old fashion soft serve ice cream and Good Humor bars from the Mr. Tastee ice cream truck. Nutley Historical Society recently held their annual Ice Cream for History event. The free event was open to everyone but geared towards the children, gave a tour of Nutley Museum on Church Street.

Children explored the museum looking in awe at all the artifacts. Lizzy Sulakvelidze, 9, and her sister Anna, 6, admired the 1895 narwhal tusk, owned by Nutleyite Emil Diebitsch. It was a favorite of most the children, each stopping by the case looking with wonder.

A few children opened the door of an old phone booth and went inside wondering what it was, having never seen one before.

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Madeline Ruiz, 12, and Abigail Ugalda, 8, learned about the township’s old operator phone desk which was used until the 1980s.

Lizzy Sulakvelidze, 9, and her sister Anna, 6, liked the old fashion dresses and the football Schlagenhaft trophy and the old directory books of all the Nutley homes.

Museum director John Simko showed Nieven Urbano, Michele Mengen and Rose Melendez the new mural and described the old murals located at John H. Walker Middle School. The murals depict images of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in which Annie Oakley, who lived on Grant Avenue, participated.

Ten-year-olds Daniela Ugalda, and Marissa Ruiz, showed interest in some of sharpshooter Annie Oakley’s items, such as the tiny pistol she used.

Simko also spoke about Gary Erbe, a Nutley artist who never took a lesson and taught himself how to paint.

Parents even stopped to watch the video of the old ITT tower falling. The towers were demolished in April of 1996 paving way for the Cambridge Heights townhouses on Washington Avenue.

After the tour the children gathered on the front lawn of the museum and lined up, waiting patiently for their ice cream.

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