Welcome to The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History



Welcome to the website of The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, an exciting new community resource located in the historic Rondout waterfront district of Kingston, New York.


Friday, September 19: Friday, September 19th, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. the Reher Center will be open for the Night Market. Join us for tours of the building and the block along Broadway.

Saturday, SeptLayout 1ember 20: Saturday, September 20th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join us at the Matthewis Persen House when the Reher Center hosts the day. Tour this historic building, tour the Reher Center’s Rondout Revisited exhibit and join us for a screening of an early draft of an important documentary by Lynn Woods and Stephen Blauweiss, “Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal.” A discussion with Stephen and Lynn, and participants Gene Dauner, Ed Ford, Jack Matthews, Hugh Reynolds, Julian Weiner and more will follow the first showing of the film, at approximately 12 p.m.

Situated at the corner of Spring Street and Broadway, the Reher Center occupies facilities that were formerly the home of the family of Frank Reher and the Reher Bakery, and are now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

As the home and workplace of a typical late 19th /early 20th century immigrant family, the facilities provide an ideal venue for showcasing the story of the many diverse immigrant groups that established roots in this once vital and dynamic commercial center and transportation hub.

While the Bakery building is undergoing extensive restoration and stabilization work, our programs and events are being held off-site.  The building will be opened on a limited basis for the Night Market on the third Friday of every month, June through October 2014, 5 to 9 p.m.  Come join us for a historic tour.

A project of the Jewish Federation of Ulster County, the Reher Center is rooted in the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), often expressed today by working for social justice.  In keeping with its mission, the Center serves not only as a museum highlighting Rondout’s rich history of diversity and commerce, but also as a cultural hub where all people can gather  to explore and share their varied traditions, past and present, in search of common ground.

Learn more about mission, our building and our programs by touring our website. And please join us for a visit to the Reher Bakery building and our spring 2014 exhibits at the Matthewis Persen House  which reopened May 24th for the 2014 season.