335 Route 202
Somers, NY 10589
ABOUT SOMERS HISTORICAL 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
- The Wright Reis Homestead
- Mt. Zion Church and Cemetery, a National Register Site
- Tomahawk,Chapel, a National Register Site
- Elephant Hotel, a National Historic Landmark.
Its offices and archives are on the third floor of the Elephant Hotel, along with the
office of Somers Town Historian, Doris Jane Smith;, the Alice Minnerly Runyon
Reference Library for early 19th century American circus, genealogy, local history
and theatre; exhibition galleries and a small shop featuring Somers-related
The galleries and library are open to the public on Thursdays from 2pm - 4pm,
Memorial Day, Veteran's Day and during special events and holiday celebrations in
the Town of Somers Business Historic Preservation District or by appointment.
The Landmarks Committee of Somers Historical Society serves in an advisory
capacity to the Town of Somers' Planning and Architectural Review Boards on
developmental issues within Somers Business Historic Preservation District.
Likewise, with a seat on the Town's Historic Properties Board, the Society provides
input on the care and maintenance of the Town's historic properties..
Somers Historical Society is a member of
Circus Historical Society
Greater Hudson Heritage Network
Hudson River Valley Heritage Area
Somers Chamber of Commerce.
Somers Historical Society was selected as one of five participants in a prototype
digital oral history program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library
Services - Voices of the Hudson Valley: Bringing New Technology to Old Stories
for 21st Century Audiences. Other participants are Hudson River Maritime
Museum, New Rochelle Public Library, Nyack Library and Roosevelt-Vanderbilt
National Historic Sites.