NUTLEY, NJ - Memorial Day 2019 will mark the 100th time that that Nutley hosts a parade honoring those who gave their lives to their country. The parade will take place on Monday May 27 at the Park Oval.
The weekend of remembrance begins on Thursday with a screening of "Nutley 1918" at the Nutley Public Library hosted by Mayor Dr. Joseph P. Scarpelli. The film will be shown Thursday May 23 at 7:00 p.m.
"Nutley 1918" is the earliest known motion picture shot in the Township of Nutley. The director, Katherine Russell Bleecker, was one of the first female filmakers.
The film was thought to be lost, but was rediscovered in 1960 an abandoned barn. Township historian Ann Troy knew the value of this film record and gave the decomposed film stock to Bob Lee, president of the Essex Film Club.The restored film will be shown this month.
Nutley Historian John Demmer will share insight into the making of the film. Local author Anthony Buccino will provide background on WWI, that war ended in 1918.
“This film is a part of our history. Viewing what most likely is Nutley’s first Memorial Day Parade on the week of our 100th parade is so fitting,” said the Mayor.