The Somers Historical Society was founded in 1956 and celebrated its 50th
Anniversary in 2006.
The Society collects, maintains and exhibits material related to both local
history and to the development of early 19th century American circus.
The Society operates and maintains a Museum on the third floor of the
Elephant Hotel, a National Historic Landmark. The Museum exhibits items
from its world-class collection of circus ephemera, as well as local historical
A Library and Research Room, featuring local history and circus-related books
is available for use by appointment.
The Museum Shop, featuring Somers-related merchandise and folk art items
created by local artisans.
The Society interprets three Town-owned historic properties:
Mt. Zion Church and Cemetery
Tomahawk Chapel and Cemetery