Society News of Note..

Somers Historical Society is one of only five institutions in the Hudson River Valley chosen to participate in an innovative
three-year oral history project entitled
Voices of the Hudson Valley: Bringing New Technology to Old Stories for 21st Century
.   The purpose of the project, is to facilitate an institution's ability to share archival oral history interviews with wider
audiences by converting those interviews from 20th to 21st century media platforms.

The Voices project is funded by a National Leadership Grant from the
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and was
awarded to
The Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley,
Greater Hudson Heritage Network,
Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College
Southeastern New York Library Resources Council.
These four organizations are providing training, technical equipment and support services.

Other participants with Somers HIstorical Society are
Hudson River Maritime Museum,  New Rochelle Public Library,
Nyack Library  and Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites.  
Hear Jonathan Kruk, Master Storyteller of the Hudson Valley,  introduce some of our stories from the project here.....

                                                                   Student Historian Athena Traver (l.) & Erika Panzarino with GHHN Executive Director
Priscilla Brender (l.) and Society Vice President Grace Zimmermann. Not pictured are student historians Jasmine Alfonso, Gabriel Osorio, Lucy Kirichenko, Molly Neylan,
Katie Nothe and Madeline Zimmermann.  

Greater Hudson Heritage Network (GHHN) awarded Somers Historical Society an "Award
of Excellence" at its annual meeting held at Marist College. The award was given in the
Education category for the Society's Student Historian Program.  According to the GHHN,
"...The 2014  Awards for Excellence program seeks to recognize and commend
exceptional efforts among GHHN members. Awards are made to projects that exemplify
creativity and professional vision resulting in a contribution to the preservation and
interpretation of the historic scene, material culture and diversity of the region.."

Greater Hudson Heritage Network is a regional service organization formed to advance and to advocate the
preservation and interpretation of the area’s historical, ethnic and cultural heritages.

Greater Hudson Heritage Network promotes professional standards of excellence and fosters cooperation
among member organizations and individuals through education, information and assistance.

Follow the Student Historians blog at

About the Society

Somers Historical Society, founded in 1956, is an all volunteer,  501(c)(3) educational corporation
which holds an Absolute Charter from the New York Department of Education.  Its mission is to
care and advocate for local historical resources and its world-class collections of early 19th
century travelling menagerie and circus epherma and local history, as well as to educate others
about these resources and local history.

The Society offers free cultural and educational programs, as well as guided tours of the historic
properties in the Town of Somers.  Its offices and archives are on the third floor of the Elephant
Hotel, a National Historic Landmark in Somers, NY.  

Somers Historical Society is a member of the
Circus Historical Society, Greater Hudson Heritage
, Hudson River Valley Heritage Area and Somers Chamber of Commerce.  

Corporate sponsors are Astoria Federal Bank,  Billingsley Realty, Putnam County Savings Bank
The Mexican Shack.  Supporters include the Koegel Foundation, Somers LIons Club, Somers
Newcomers and
Neighbors Club and Somers Volunteer Fire Dept.  
Find us at:

335 Route 202
Somers, New York 10589

phone:  (914)277-4977

LISTEN to the stories at any of these websites:
Sound and Story Project,

RECORD your own story to participate in "A
Year of Sounds and Stories" or listen to more
stories on a new
mobile phone application.
The Somers Library is partnering
with Somers Historical Society by
bringing the mobile phone app to
Library patrons, via a the new
Delavin Listening Station dedicated
in the Library during National
Library Week 2014.  Check it out
on your next visit and hear about
Library Trustee Jean Reidy's 49
years of library service and why she
has a VERY strong connection to
Coke!  Can't get to the library?  
Listen to her story
here which
debuted during National Library
Society Receives 2014 Award of Excellence from
Greater Hudson Heritage Network