|Somers Historical Society & Somers Library Present A
National Library Week Celebration
History Beyond Books @ Your Library
Ipad Station Dedication
Monday, April 14, 2pm
Somers Library Program Room
Join us to hear new selections from our oral
history collection produced by
The Sound and Story Project for
National Library Week in Somers ;
See the debut our new online History Pages
and Celebrate the dedication of
Somers Library Ipad Listening Station.
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 Astoria Federal Savings Bank, Billingsley Realty, Putnam County Savings Bank 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
|Find us at:
335 Route 202
Somers, New York 10589