Phone:         (914) 277-4977


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


Students Spotlight

Somers Historical Society has been
fortunate to work with two young men over
the past year to enhance our collections
and research resources, as well as help
fulfill our educational missions. Here's a
wrap-up of their projects.

Congratulations to both for superb work!

JARED HELLER, 2019 Somers HIgh School graduate,
spent the months leading up to his graduation completing
his WISE ((Wise Individualized Senior Experience) creating
a genealogy of early Somers residents AND a genealogy
of ownership of the Town's landmark Wright Reis
Homestead.  The former, can be seen here  

and the later in the Wright Reis Homestead.  Our thanks to
Jared for creating two valuable resources for researchers!  
In the future, additions such as people, photographs and  
documents, may be added to the website.  It is a living
treasure and wonderful addition to
our resources.  

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MAX CARON, Somers High School rising senior,
received his Eagle Scout Award for completing his
restoration project of the 1917 Ford Model T bequest to
the Town of Somers by Caroline Wright Reis in 1967.  
Follow his journey at his website

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 worked 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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Somers History Goes Global

"The Elephant's Song,"  based on the story of
Old Bet, is a provocative, 7 minute clay-on-
glass short animated film  directed by noted
animator Lynn Tomlinson.  Since its
introduction on the independent film circuit,
the film has garnered countless awards,
internationally.   On August, 2,  the film will be
shown in the
Thomas Edison Black Maria
Film Festival in
Rhinebeck, NY.

Some alternatives to music
when travelling this summer...   
podcasts or audio

featuring our local history..

Click on the Icons to play

The Big Story of Old Bet

Podcast series of three, January 8,9,10, 2019.

Our SoundCloud Channel Somersnyhistoryspeak
featuring stories produced from our oral history
collection and introduced by Hudson Valley Master
Storyteller Jonathan Kruk.

Blue Ribbon Entry

The Society's poster for its recent exhibition
"Barns, Bridges & Landmarks of the Hudson River Valley" recently
won a blue ribbon in the
"Visual Arts - poster" category of the
Putnam County 4-H Fair.  

We are working to create a more streamlined website.  
Coming events.

We are planning the September 11 memorial services.  Please
contact us if you wish to participate. Service to be held in Bailey Park
Sept. 11 Memorial garden on Sept. 11. Time TBD