John Patrick Schutz is a local historian who lectures and publishes articles on local history along with his popular blog about Nyack and its people and events. The son of a librarian (Irene is still found behind the desk at Blauvelt Library) he was taught researching skills from an early age.
Born and raised in Blauvelt, and graduated from Albertus Magnus High School and Fordham University, he’s been a soloist and member of Nyack’s St. Ann’s Choir for over 30 years. JP has long been a fixture of the Nyack Community – Professional and Artistic – since his teenage years when he was active on and off-stage at Nyack’s Elmwood Playhouse. Currently he is both a Realtor in the Village and a member of the Actor’s Equity Union and was seen frequently on the stage at the Helen Hayes/Riverspace prior to closing.
For five years he was on-air TV commentator filling in local history and trivia for Nyack’s annual Halloween Parade and hosted numerous events for the Nyack Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Nyacks, HHPAC and other local charities for years. In his capacity as a Realtor he has had the opportunity to market and sell a number of local homes and buildings on the National Register of Historic Places; along with other historic properties unique and important to the history of the Nyacks and Orangetown.
Finding ways of combining his three great passions – history, performance, and unique houses and buildings is a great joy to him.