Welcome to The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History

Welcome

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.

JUNE IS IMMIGRANT HERITAGE MONTH

Find out more about Immigrant Heritage Month.

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CELEBRATE DIVERSITY WITH OUR FRIENDS AT THE CENTER FOR CREATIVE EDUCATION

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NIGHT MARKET TOURS OF THE REHER BAKERY THIRD FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH: June 17th, July 19, August 19, September 16., 6 to 10 p.m.

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Please plan to stop by the Reher Bakery building during this summer’s monthly Night Market.  Tour this historic building and community institution, hear about our future plans, and tell us your stories about the Bakery and the Reher family, growing up in Rondout, or growing up as a member of a specific ethnic group in Kingston.  There will be opportunities to record your stories for our archives for those of you willing.

 

 

4TH ANNUAL KINGSTON MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL DEFIES THE RAIN- Sunday, June 5th.

Vanaver Caravan Youth Dance Company performing the Tarantella.

Vanaver Caravan Youth Dance Company performing the Tarantella.

Despite the rain, despite the gloom, a bright and festive atmosphere filled the Andy Murphy Midtown Neighborhood Center when the 4th annual Kingston Multicultural Festival moved the party indoors.  The last minute change of venue from the usual T.R. Gallo Park due to a weather forecast that refused to break our way, did not deter any of the exhibitors or performers who were set up and ready by 1 pm, energy and enthusiasm intact, or a surprisingly good sized crowd that turned out to enjoy the festivities throughout the afternoon.

For those of you who missed the event, check out Paula Mitchell’s feature on HVNN.

The Kingston Multicultural Festival was made possible in part with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York state Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

Additional sponsors: Basch & Keegan; Klock Kingston Foundation; Mainetti, Mainetti and O’Connor; Rondout Savings Bank; Stewart’s Shops and private donors.

Additional support provided by: AFS-USA, ColorPage; The Copy Hut; Euro-Tronix; HealthAlliance Westchester Medical Center Health Network and Sav-On Party Central.

 

REHER CENTER TO HOST THE PERSEN HOUSE, SATURDAY SEPT. 17th

Join the Reher Center team as we host the Matthewis Persen House again this year Saturday, September 17th, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  The Persen House is located on the SE corner of John and Crown Streets.  This year we will be focusing on an immigrant history of Kingston from the perspective of some of the many cultural groups that have found a home in community.  We will also be asking members of the community with memories to share about life in Kingston as an immigrant or as a member of a specific ethnic group, to stop by and have their stories recorded for our growing oral history archive.

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.