A selection from the circus and local history collections of the Somers Historical Society, Westchester County, NY.
The Somers Historical Society, founded in 1956, collects, maintains and exhibits material related to local history and the development of the early American Circus. The Museum houses permanent and changing exhibitions, a research facility, and a significant collection which includes paintings, prints, photographs, ephemera, advertisements, early documents, diaries, account books, furniture, textiles, and a miniature circus. The Society also oversees and interprets The Wright Reis Homestead, a Town-owned historic house museum.
The Society is located in the Elephant Hotel, designated a National Historic Landmark in 2005.
Browse all Somers Historical Society Collections
Browse the Mabel Addis Oral History Collection - This collection was named in honor of Mabel Addis, a former society president, trustee, historian and author of several local history books. Mabel helped spearhead and conduct history interviews with long-time residents, recognizing the value of oral histories as tangible artifacts. The collection consists of interviews conducted in the 1970s and 80s with Somers history topics spanning nearly 150 years from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century. The digitization of these recordings was supported through a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Browse the Somers Circus Collection - The collection contains materials relating to the earliest establishment of the circus and menageries in America in the late 18th century through the early 20th century. It includes artifacts from descendants of local menagerie and circus pioneers, and a large gift collected by Dr Hugh Grant Rowell of photographs, broadsides, posters and ephemera from the American circus.
Browse the Somers Local History Collection - The collection contains images, documents and artifacts relating to the people and places, and events of Somers, Westchester County, New York, and adjoining areas.