Author Richard Munson will discuss his latest book, Tesla: Inventor of the Modern. Drawing together details from letters, notebooks and other primary sources, the book reveals the personal life and mindset of an underappreciated genius--a man who drew up designs for the Internet, cell phones and wireless charging a century before their common use. His story is a reminder that technology can transcend the marketplace and that profit is not the only motivation for invention.
The Hudson Library & Historical Society archives maintain an extensive genealogy and local history collection. The genealogy collection provides a well-rounded selection of materials for researchers, with an emphasis on sources for the eastern United States and especially Ohio. The collection is enhanced by a wide variety of genealogical periodicals. Additionally, there is an extensive microfilm collection, which includes selections of census records (mostly Ohio), vital records, and other research tools such as the Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records. Our Genealogy On-Line Desktop service provides users full free access to subscription sites such as ancestry.com as well as internet access to free sites such as the Ellis Island records.
The library houses a large manuscript collection, including one of the nation’s largest collections of materials about famed abolitionist John Brown. In addition to substantial holdings concerning founding families such as the Hudsons, the collection also contains documents related to local organizations such as the Hudson Garden Club and the Hudson League of Women Voters.