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.
LOOKING BACK AT 2016
This has been an exciting year for the Center. We are very pleased to announce that four new people have joined our committee: Jack Braunlein, Nancy Donskoj, Kevin Godbey and Ward Mintz. Together they bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the areas of museum development and management, marketing and social media, and community outreach.
Our programming, too, received a big boost this year. We received two grants from Arts Mid-Hudson for support of the Kingston Multicultural Festival (previous called the Kingston Community Block Party), and for a new program that we hope will become an annual event: Immigrant Gifts to America. A month-long program held last May, Immigrant Gifts to America was produced in collaboration with the Art Society of Kingston, the James Cox Gallery of Woodstock, Movies with Spirit and Humanamente. Close to 500 people attended the gallery opening the first Saturday in May, and capacity crowds took advantage of special programs, movies with immigrant themes and workshops throughout the month. Though we were forced to move the Multicultural Festival indoors because of the weather, the spirits were high inside the Midtown Neighborhood Center last June 5th. We hope to be outdoors again in T.R. Gallo Park, Sunday, June 4, 2017, 1-5pm, for the 5th annual festival. Please stop by.
The bakery was opened for tours during the four Night Markets organized by the Kingston Waterfront Business Association (June through September), and for Ulster County Cultural Heritage Week. Many people stopped by specifically because they heard that the bakery was going to be open to share their stories about the bakery and the Reher family. We installed our core exhibit, Rondout Revisited, in the loft gallery at the bakery for Cultural Heritage week, where it will remain on display for future tours. This fall we also hosted our first annual Deli Dinner which exceeded our expectations and proved that you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy a good corned beef on rye.
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.
BEST WISHES FOR A JOYOUS HOLIDAY SEASON AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!
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.