Posts Tagged ‘Delaware Books’

New books on Delaware history

September 14, 2012 Leave a comment

One of the little known sidelines of Oak Knoll Books is Delaware history. If you are in an historically interesting state and love its history as I do, then your store should certainly reflect that interest. We currently have over 1000 titles in this section of our bookstore at present. And it just grew a lot recently!

We hadn’t purchased a large group of Delaware related items for a number of years but recently purchased three private collections. The largest was just purchased from a long time Delaware resident who was moving from his home in one Delaware town to the quaint town of Arden, Delaware. Arden has its own story as it was founded by Frank Stephens and Will Price in 1900 under the philosophy of Henry George as a single tax community.

The books from the collection have now been processed and added to the other recently purchased collections. Two of the more interesting items were Delaware directories from 1865 and 1898.

And Delaware being what it is, the second smallest state in the union, I experienced the usual “do you know such and such” moment where it turned out that the collector had graduated a few years before me from the University of Delaware’s Chemical Engineering program and knew many of the professors that taught me back in the late 1960s. My first job out of college was at the refinery in Delaware City, Delaware. He had worked there when it was Tidewater before its purchase by Getty Oil. A number of his fellow workers had stayed on after the purchase and I knew them. He got a kick out of some of the stories that I told about the refinery including the one about John Paul Getty’s payphones in his personal English estate house meant to keep his expenses down. ‘Tis a small world.


Book Signing Wrap Up

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Hello my collected group of Oak Knoll readers. I hope you’re enjoying the dreary, rainy weather here on the east coast as much as I am.

As you may already know, Oak Knoll had a book signing by Delaware history authors on the 2nd floor of the Opera House in New Castle, Delaware (otherwise known as The Bookshop in Old New Castle). Some of you actually had the time to make it out and support our important cause of helping out local authors. Overall, the event was a success. Being my first, it certainly set a foundation of standards for similar events that we will do in the future. Seeing so many familiar faces, as well as some unfamiliar ones, made the signing that much more enjoyable. Some visitors even made the two hour commute from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware to New Castle (Thank You!).

So I would really like to know what you guys thought. Did you enjoy it? Did you hate it? What can we do in the future to make these events even better?

Delaware History Book Authors

Thanks y’all, and stay dry when you’re walking outside.

-Rob Fleck