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
 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.


Also this spring, a
"Living the Legend" rivet in
memory of William B. Johnson
, first African-
American Harley-Davidson dealer in the United
States located in Somers
, will be 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
ley-Davidson Museum's Senior Archivist
Kimberly Thomas a
t a special dinner held during
this past holiday season.  Mr. Johnson was
honored posthumously by
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


Prep yourself for World Circus Day and 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 spring!.

We're getting ready to celebrate
our heritage on
World Circus Day 2018
with an assist from
 Westchester Circus Arts.  
There'll be juggling, tight rope
walking, acrobatics and clowning
performances.  And if you think
you have what it takes, you can
step into the spotlight to
try your hand too!  
The museum will be open,
circus music playing
and popcorn popping.
World Circus Day,
Saturday, April 21,
1:30pm - 4pm
The Elephant Hotel, a National
Historic Landmark.
335 Rt. #202,  Somers, NY