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.


IMG_9746Kingston Community Block Party, June 7th, 1 – 5 pm, T.R. Gallo Park- Join us for a day of family-friendly fun featuring food, music, children’s activities and a celebration of cultural diversity.  Click here to learn more about the event.  Click here for our performance schedule.


 Night Market- Stop by the Reher Bakery the third Friday of every month, May through October, 5 to 9 p.m., for tours of the bakery and the historic neighborhood it once served.  The Night Market is a fun-filled evening when all of the merchants along Broadway, from West Union to Spring Street, stay open late with special offerings, food, music and lots more.

Rondout Revisited- Our core exhibit, with new additions and revisions, will once again be on display at the Matthewis Persen House, SE corner John and Crown Streets.  Persen House Hours: May 23 through September 5, Tu. – Fri. 9:00 am – 4:30 pm; Sat 9:00 am – 3 pm. / September 12 through November 21, Sat. only 10 am – 2 pm.  The Reher Center will be hosting the Persen House on October 24th.  Look for future updates with details of that day’s activities.

Hudson River Day, Saturday, June 27th, 10 am – 5 pm, Hudson River Maritime Museum- The Reher Center will be participating in this year’s Hudson River Day at the Hudson River Maritime Museum.  Stop by our booth while enjoying all of the exciting offerings of this annual event, and find out the latest about our programming and restoration initiatives.


MAY 2016- The Reher Center, in conjunction with the Art Society of Kingston and the James Cox Gallery, is planning a month long series of programs entitled, Immigrant Gifts to America, including a solo art exhibition of the work of immigrant artist Joseph Garlock (1884-1980), a group show of local immigrant artists, movies featuring the theme “coming to America”, a workshop for immigrants seeking citizenship, and a couple of evenings of story telling featuring personal narratives about the immigration experiences by several of the artists involved in the group show, along with other community members.  The month long program will culminate in the fourth annual Kingston Community Block Party, hosted by the Reher Center.

June 4, 2016- Save the date for the 4th annual Kingston Community Block Party.

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.