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 Network,
Hudson River Valley Heritage Area and Somers Chamber of Commerce.
Corporate sponsors are Billingsley Realty and The Mexican Shack. Supporters include the Koegel
Foundation, Somers LIons Club, Somers Newcomers and Neighbors Club and Somers Volunteer Fire Dept.
Somers Historical Society is one of only five institutions in the Hudson River Valley chosen by The Sound and
Story Project 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
ServicesIMLS) and was awarded to The Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley, Greater Hudson
Heritage Network, Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College and Southeastern New York Library
Resources Council. These four organizations are providing training, technical equipment and support
services. Other participants 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
through March 6 in The Mexican Shack
An interactive audio display featuring stories derived from
the Mabel Addis Oral History Collection
Somers Historical Society
Hudson Valley Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk
Community Conversation & reception
March 6, 7pm
funded in part by a grant from
Homecoming 2013 through March 30 in the
Elephant Hotel in Somers
An exhibition featuring returning items from
Somers Historical Society collections
originally loaned to institutions for
exhibitions outside of Somers.
This exhibition is part of Somers @ 225, the Society's year-long celebration of
events commemorating the Town's incorporation as Stephenstown in 1783.
The Elephant Hotel
first and third floors
335 Rte. #202
|Find us at:
335 Route 202
Somers, New York 10589