Prendergast Library will host Jamestown historian Clarence "Clair" Carlson at 6 p.m. Thursday, for an author visit and signing of his new book "The Jamestown Furniture Industry History in Wood 1816-1920."
"It includes more than 100 furniture companies that were in business," Carlson said.
The book contains some interior pictures, exterior pictures of buildings, brief biographical information about founders and owners, and a description of each company with its location and closing date. Copies at $20 each will be available for sale.
"The research for the book took place from 2000 to 2012, with information taken from over 20 books on the history of Jamestown and local newspaper articles," according to the author.
Carlson is the historian of furniture manufacturing in Jamestown for the Fenton History Center, where he serves on the board of trustees. He has lead historical tours of the Lakeview Cemetery since 2009, and walking tours about the history of manufacturing in Jamestown. He also lectures on furniture manufacturing in Jamestown and volunteers for historical events sponsored by the Fenton History Center.
A retired purchasing buyer and expeditor, he worked for Bush Industries until 2007, and GE Transportation until 2009. He earned as associate's degree from Jamestown Community College.
Carlson will give a presentation about the history of Jamestown furniture and answer questions from the audience before signing his book. The event is free and open to the public. The library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown. For information, call 484-7135.