Uncovering Madison County Inventors

Oneida Public Library News

(Oneida, NY – May 2012) Madison County Historian Matt Urtz reveals the county’s trail-blazing inventors and their lasting influence in the program “Those Inventive Fellows of Madison County” at the Oneida Public Library on Wednesday May 23 at 7 p.m.

“Madison County was home to some of the most innovative thinkers in American history,” Urtz said. “Our county’s residents have directly affected the movie industry, the development of computers, firearm production, the medical field, the development of the tractor and so much more.”

For example, Charles A. Spencer of Canastota, famous as “America’s first microscope maker,” designed, produced and sold “a special lens that combines both convex and concave lenses together to give a clearer view,” Urtz noted. Spencer made highly sophisticated lenses for microscopes and telescopes that were prized in Europe as well as in America.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, stop by the Oneida Library, 220 Broad St., or call 363-3050.

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