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.

REHER CENTER TO HOST AT THE MATTHEWIS PERSEN HOUSE, September 2-23, 2017*

“Rising Time” is an exhibition and talk that uses newly discovered artifacts from our collection to tell twin stories of change and continuity at 99-191 Broadway in Kingston’s Rondout Neighborhood. Read more…

Address: 74 John St, Kingston, NY 12401

*Curator’s Talk: September 9th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m

Exhibit Hours: Saturdays September 2, 9, and 16 from 10am–2pm or by AppointmentPressReleaseRisingTime

2ND ANNUAL DELI DINNER: Tuesday, September 26th

Kosher delicatessen as only Lew and Amy Kirschner can serve it up. Complete details are available on the UC Jewish Federation website. You can even save on advanced reservations on or before September 19th, and place your take-out orders online!

LATEST NEWS ABOUT THE SUNDAY LIST PROJECT

THE ROLL THAT CONNECTED A COMMUNITY: Have you heard about the “Sunday List,” the list the Reher Family kept to get ready for the Sunday rush for rolls after church?  Sickler, Matthews, Carpino and Bruhn,  Tremper, Polacco, Sepesy and Bruck. These are just a few of the names that appear.  Please help us connect with people who remember the bakery back before urban renewal… Read more

To read Lynn Woods’ front page article from the Kingston Times (April 6, 2017) about the Sunday List Project and the consultant, Sarah Litvin, who is heading it up, click here.

HELP MAKE 2017 EVEN BETTER

Preserving an irreplaceable community landmark and building a museum and culture center is a long and costly process, requiring us to be active simultaneously on many fronts.  Please include us in your end-of-year giving to help us continue to build our match for a follow-up grant to preserve the building exterior, hire a consultant to develop an interpretive plan to guide us in refining the story the bakery has to tell and inform the restoration of the interior space to support that story, begin to catalogue and conserve our collections, create a marketing plan, expand the hours that the bakery can be open to the public, and support our existing and future programming.

 

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.