335 Route 202
Somers, NY 10589
Society News of Note...
Registration now open for:
Holidays at the Homestead
Gingerbread Festival 2014 Gingerbread House Decorating Contest
Early registration; December 1; Houses due no later than noon, December 6
Festival dates, December 7, 13, 14, 1pm - 4pm;
Wright Reis Homestead Click here for details
A Year of Sounds and Stories: 365 Tales from Unexpected Places
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 Audiences. 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.....
LISTEN to the stories at any of these websites: SoundCloud,
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.
Society Receives 2014 Award of Excellence from Greater Hudson Heritage Network
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.
The organization promotes professional standards of excellence and fosters cooperation among
member organizations and individuals through education, information and assistance.
Follow the Student Historians blog at somershistoricalsocietyinterns.blogspot.com.