To commemorate the centennial of women’s suffrage in Ohio, award-winning journalist Elaine Weiss will tell the nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. NPR called her book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, “stirring, definitive, and engrossing…Weiss brings a lucid, lively, journalistic tone to the story…The Woman’s Hour is compulsory reading.”
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.