Phone:         (914) 277-4977

Email:
somershistoricalsoc@yahoo.com

Address:    The Elephant Hotel
          335 Route 202, 3rd floor
          Somers, NY 10589

NEWS OF NOTE...










Restoration begins on
Caroline Wright Reis'
1917 Ford Model T !

This project is being undertaken by
Somers Eagle Scout Candidate Max Caron
and you can follow his blog to see his
progress.

http://www.tinyurl.com/mcceagle

Max began his project during the 50th anniversary
year of Mrs. Reis' bequest to the Town which
happened to coincide with the 100th anniversary of
the car's model year, 1917. He is working under
the guidance of Society Trustee Arnie Guyot and
Master Mechanic Tom Leonard.

In addition to caring for its own collection, Somers
Historical Society acts as steward of the Town of
Somers Wright Reis Collection, of which this car is
part.  The Ford Model T is one of two cars
bequest to the Town of Somers by Caroline
Wright Reis in 1967. The other is a 1941 Nash.

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Also this spring, a "Living the Legend" rivet in
memory of William B. Johnson, first
African-American Harley-Davidson dealer in the
United States located in Somers, will be dedicated
in the Memory Garden on the grounds of the
Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee as part of
the iconic firm's 115th anniversary this year.

The announcement was made by
Harley-Davidson Museum's Senior Archivist
Kimberly Thomas at a special dinner held during
this past holiday season.  Mr. Johnson was
honored posthumously by the
Somers Republican Club, Inc. for his
accomplishments.  The Society, under the
direction of member Tim Carney, prepared a
special historic retrospective of his life for the
occasion.   


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L
isten to Hudson Valley Master Storyteller Jonathan
Kruk introduce many short stories about Somers history
derived from our Mabel Addis Oral History Collection
and now on SoundCloud (click icon above to play.)


H
ere are other recent creative uses of our
collection in pop culture.

PODCAST by
the Bowery Boys Tom Meyers & Greg Young








"The Big Story of Old Bet"'



ANIMATED CLAY-ON-GLASS SHORT FILM by
artist/filmmaker Lynn Tomlinson












"The Elephant's Tale"






















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We are working to create a more streamlined website.  
Look for its debut later this spring!.
Join us for our
62nd Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 3,  Wright Reis Homestead
2pm business meeting;  2:30 program
PUBLIC WELCOME   Cover Dish Cookout
Business meeting followed by a presentation about
the 1917 Model T & summer showing of Fellow Artists Art Show