Nutley Library book signing and autograph party April 11

Nutley Public Library - photo Nutley Historical Society

BY Anthony Buccino

2 P.M. April 11, 2015
Book Talk and Signing

Many of the folks profiled in the book will be on hand to sign their own profile page.
Already own a book, bring it along and collect more signatures!

Nutley Free Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Nutley, N.J.

Mark your calendars. 


Kingsland Manor Open House

Stop and Visit Kingsland Manor During Open House

Beginning Sunday, May 18, the Kingsland Manor will host open house tours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

The first tour will include a garden in bloom and visits to the renovated children's room featuring a Kingsland Manor cradle hand-crafted by member Leon Kish from original templates.

The Historic Restoration Trust open house tours will continue on the 3rd Sunday of each month, unless otherwise posted.

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The Lady Or The Tiger? Mystery Revealed

Frank Stockton's last word on The Lady, or The Tiger?

APRIL 1, 2014 (NUTLEY, N.J.)  -- The Nutley Library has recently revealed the discovery of an envelope left in its care more than 100 years ago by local author Frank R. Stockton, inside which the writer is said to reveal the end to one of his most famous and vexing short stories, "The Lady or The Tiger?"

The short story, published in 1882, is about a man sentenced to an unusual punishment for having a romance with a king's beloved daughter, according to Wikipedia

Honored author Stockton, it was also explained, gained fame when his puzzle story, "The Lady or the Tiger?" became world famous and started a vogue in literature.
Frank R. Stockton

Written originally to amuse a group of friends, the narrative left its hero required to open one of two doors, behind one of which was a beautiful woman and behind the other a man-eating tiger.
Debates on the ultimate outcome raged all the way to India and similar stories appeared everywhere for years, although Stockton never did answer his question.

According to an outer envelope, the Nutley author left directions that the envelope be opened 112 years after his April 20, 1902, death, and that its contents will reveal the long sought ending as to whether or not it was the lady or the tiger - settling the controversy once and for all. 

From about 1860 to about 1890, Frank Stockton lived with his family on Walnut Street in Nutley. The town at that time was home to many artists and editors, and was visited by Mark Twain who is said to have first tasted ice cream.

About this time he took a position on Hearth and Home, and in 1873 became associate editor of St. Nicholas.

"Rudder Grange" was at first a story which he wrote for Scribner's. Its cordial reception let him to enlarge it to the present delightful volume. This was the first book he wrote for "grown-ups," although the elders had long been reading his children's tales with delight.

In 1942, the Frank Stockton room, New Jersey's first library department exclusively for junior high school students was opened in the Nutley Public Library. A scene from his work "Rudder Grange" by Ivan Stoppe, a New York artist, is hung in the north end of the room.

"The Lady and the Tiger," written, so it has been said, for an evening party at Mr. Boardman's in Nutley, has been translated into many languages, and one day in India a group of Hindus were heard gravely discussing the probable fate of the hero.


The History of Diners in New Jersey

Oct. 18 reception at The Nutley Museum
to launch new book by Michael Gabriele:

“The History of Diners in New Jersey”

The History of Diners in New Jersey by Michael GabrieleThe Nutley Historical Society will host a gala reception on Friday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., at the Nutley Museum, 65 Church St., to unveil a new book by Michael C. Gabriele: “The History of Diners in New Jersey.”

Copies of the book, published by The History Press, will be available for sale at the reception. The event is free and open to the public. Gabriele is a member of the executive board of the Nutley Historical Society

The Garden State is universally recognized as the “Diner Capital of the World.” Gabriele’s book is not a “guide” to New Jersey diners; rather, it traces the origins of the state’s diner business and provides a comprehensive narrative of New Jersey’s now-vanished diner manufacturing industry. New Jersey was the hub for diner production during the 20th century—a forgotten chapter of the state’s history.

The new book, 160 pages, has more than 70 pictures and illustrations and features a special eight-page section of color photos—many taken by the author.

This is Gabriele’s second book with The History Press. The first, “The Golden Age of Bicycle Racing in New Jersey,” was published in 2011. A lifelong New Jersey resident and a 1975 graduate of Montclair State University, Gabriele has been a journalist for more than 35 years. He served as editor of The Nutley Sun during the mid-1980s.


Do You Live in a Lambert House?

Do you live in a Lambert House? 

Come find out when local historians present a program on architect and builder William Lambert’s contributions to our township.

When: Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Nutley Museum
65 Church St., Nutley

We are pleased to host local historians John Demmer and Jeanne Van Steen, who will discuss the role that William Lambert played in our town in the early 20th Century.


Get updates on the historic preservation committee and the upcoming presentation of the town’s master plan.

Got a suggestion? Send us an e-mail: suggestions@preservenutley.org