Phone:         (914) 277-4977


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


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

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.


A "Living the Legend" rivet in memory of William
B. Johnson, first African-American
Harley-Davidson dealer in the United States
located in Somers, was 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


Listen 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.)

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

the Bowery Boys Tom Meyers & Greg Young

"The Big Story of Old Bet"'

artist/filmmaker Lynn Tomlinson

"The Elephant's Tale"

We are working to create a more streamlined website.  
Look for its debut later this year!.
Join us for our annual
Woody Guthrie Hootenanny
Saturday, July 14
6pm - 9pm
Mt. Zion Church, a National Register Site in Reis Park
Bring a picnic dinner and join us for birthday "treats" following the
concert, featuring Somers native Scott Urgola & friends