Elephant Hotel, Somers

Photograph by Gray Williams

Westchester County Historical Society Publications

WCHS is the primary source for books in print on Westchester history—from History of Westchester County, New York, by J.T. Scharf (1992 reprint of the 1886 edition) to Westchester County: A History by Field Horne (2018). Books such as Picturing Our Past: National Register Sites in Westchester County, by Gray Williams and The Cemeteries of Westchester County, by Patrick Raftery, bring a narrower focus to aspects of Westchester history. View our complete list of new and secondhand books for sale.

Our award-winning quarterly journal, The Westchester Historian, publishes the latest scholarly research on Westchester history. Published continuously since 1925, it has been indexed (1925-1989 and 1990-current) and microfilmed.

Westchester County Historical Society has been making information on Westchester history available to the public since its founding in 1874. Our scholarly quarterly journal, The Westchester Historian, has been published continuously since 1925 and is an outstanding source of information on a wide variety of subjects. It is indexed for easy accessibility. See our store for information on how to obtain copies of specific issues. Our list of books currently in print include: Picturing Our Past: National Register Sites in Westchester County, by Gray Williams; The Cemeteries of Westchester County, by Patrick Raftery; The Guide to Genealogical Research in Westchester County, NY, by Marjorie Renino; American Architecture, Westchester County, New York: Colonial to Contemporary, by Frank Sanchis. A complete list is available in our store, where you will also find a selection of used and out-of-print books on Westchester history.

The Virtual Archives is a joint project of the Westchester County Historical Society and the Westchester County Archives. Its purpose is to make primary source materials from around the county, presented in historical context, available to the public 24/7. The archives currently has five sections—"The Civil War Era in Westchester," "The Historic American Engineering Report on the Bronx River Parkway Reservation," "Historical Treasures of Westchester County," "The Army's Century on Davids Island," and "The Hudson River: A Journey Through Time."

In 2007 WCHS prepared a presentation called "From Wigwams to Corporate Headquarters: 400 Years of Westchester History." In 2010 another presentation was prepared; this one explores the many interesting, historic places to visit in Westchester County, from Lyndhurst to Saint Paul's Church. If you belong to a group and would like us to present one of these programs, just give us a call at (914) 592-4323 or contact us.