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.


Join the Reher Center team as we host the Matthewis Persen House, this Saturday, October 24th, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  The Persen House is located on the SE corner of John and Crown Streets.  Have an opportunity to learn about the Schaghticoke Indian Tribe from Dover in eastern Dutchess County from members of the tribe and the Dover town historian, starting at 10 a.m..  Preview some recent additions to the documentary on urban renewal, Lost Rondout… and have a chance to talk with filmmaker, Lynn Woods, starting at noon.  Take a tour of the Reher Center’s exhibit, Rondout Revisited, in its final season at the Matthewis Persen House.  The exhibit will be on display through November 21, Sat. only, 10 am – 2 pm.  We hope to see you there.


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 an evening 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 5, 2016- Save the date for the 4th annual Kingston Community Block Party, our family friendly multicultural festival.  Organizational meetings are starting.  Please contact us if you want to volunteer.

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.