Bringing Pelham's History to Life

Saturday, June 25, 2022

100th Commencement Exercises of Pelham Memorial High School

Looking back at the first PMHS graduates in the class of 1922

Memorial Day 2022

Honoring a Pelham Hero

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In Celebration of Saint Patrick's Day

Remembering the Emmet Family Legacy in Pelham

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The PMHS Centennial

Pelham Memorial High School opened its doors to the first students in September 1921, with a mostly-completed building that was years in the planning and building.  The new school was officially dedicated and the first graduation was held in 1922.

Pelham Pelican

As part of the 2021-22 PMHS Centennial Celebration, the Town of Pelham Public Library sponsored an ice sculpture event to capture the image of Pelham's beloved mascot.  Visit the library to see a display about the history of the Pelican as Pelham's mascot, including items and photos from the Pelham Town Historian Collection.

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The Split Rock Riding Academy

It was not that long ago that the Boston Post Road in Pelham Manor still lent a rural feel to Pelham.

Inspired by the success of Peham's own Kate Douglas in qualifying for the 2020 (2021) U.S. Olympic Team (who went on to win a bronze medal), the Town Historian embarked on a research project to identify past Pelham Olympians and, in some cases, to track down their descendants and obtain never-before published information and photographs.  Here's the story of the twelve identified Pelhamite Olympians.

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Pelham Olympians

Pelham's 1910 Independence day celebration

From a collection of  digitized photos from the Town Historian Collection, see what it was like to celebrate America's Independence in the small Town of Pelham 111 years ago.

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The Work of Mitsu Nakayama

Pelham in 1934, like the rest of the country, was in the throws of the Great Depression. Yet the pages of the PMHS Pelican yearbook that year contain a series of unifying artwork, signed by “M. Nakayama,” that conveys a sense of optimism for the future. As we come to the end of a month reflecting on the contributions of Americans of Asian Pacific heritage, here is the story of that artist and her family’s life and contributions in Pelham.

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Current Topics

Pelham Train Station

Pelham's Historic Downtown

Welcome to Our New Website!

The Town of Pelham maintains a rich collection of historical documents, photographs and other material, available for viewing by appointment.  Click below for the categories of materials in the collection.

Historian Collection

Arthur L. Scinta, Town Historian

Mailing Address:
Pelham Town Hall, 34 Fifth Avenue, Pelham, NY 10803
Office Address:

Daronco Town House, 20 Fifth Avenue
Pelham, NY, 10803, US

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