Butler, New Jersey, Tuesday, July 16, 2019
In 1961, the Butler Historical Society began collecting items that were representative of the borough's history. With no facility to house these items, the Society arranged to store and to display the artifacts in the basement of the Butler Library that was then located in the old St. Paul's Chapel on High Street. Those early collections moved from place to place from 1963 to 1975 when everything was located to the new home of the Butler Museum in the old New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad Station on Upper Main Street.

Over the years, the dedicated volunteers of the museum committee cataloged every item that was loaned or donated to the museum. Today, there are thousands of artifacts that are on exhibit or are stored in the museum that range from the earliest residents, the Lenne Lenape Indians, to a Thomas Edison phonograph to copper pieces from the Statue of Liberty.

Each item is a record of Butler's past and present. Each artifact tells a story of this community's development, the people who forged that history, the tragedies that forever changed the face of the town, and the pastimes that lifted the spirits of the residents.

Our collections include industrial artifacts from the major industries in Butler, hundreds of postcards and slides of scenes of Butler, school yearbooks, military materials from the Civil War to Desert Storm, ledgers and journals of fraternal, military and social organizations, the tools of various early trades, appliances and home life items, Boy and Girl Scout memorabilia, photos and history of the CCC Camp in Butler in the 1930's, microfilm reels of the Butler/Bloomingdale Argus and the Suburban Trends as well as other early local publications. We even have a 1900's park bench.

We are continuously inventorying and cataloging the items in storage and will update our collection as we do this. We receive new items every month from friends who wish to add their remembrance of Butler's past to our collections. If we cannot find a home for an item in the museum, we will not discard it. It will be returned to you or we will find a good and proper home for it.

The Museum is open on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. If you or your group wish to make a special arrangement to visit the museum or access any collection, please call 973-838-7222 and we will return your call as promptly as possible. The museum volunteers will do the best that we can to set up a special appointment for you.

Featured Collection
Military Uniforms & Accessories

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Military artifacts that include weapons, uniforms, accessories.


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