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.

2014 was the best year yet for the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History.

• Our core exhibit at the Matthewis Persen House, Rondout Revisited, attracted many enthusiastic visitors, as did our monthly open houses at the bakery building held in conjunction with the Night Market.
• Our second annual multicultural festival, the Kingston Community Block Party, doubled in size from the previous year.
• Our mission to serve as a center for the study and collection of material relating to the mercantile and social history of Rondout and its environs received a boost when we were asked to consult on a major project to document the story of urban renewal, and to serve as an archive to house the many hours of video interviews that formed the basis of the research for this project.
• Best of all, our $575,000 building restoration project utilizing state grants and matching funds from our supporters was completed this fall, handling the most serious of our structural issues. Many thanks to all of you who responded to our emergency appeal to help us address the unanticipated expenses associated with this project.

Please! Help us keep the momentum growing in 2015
with a generous end of the year donation.

Your gift will help us:

• Raise a $130,000 match for a follow-up state grant to finish the structural work needed to fully stabilize the bakery building (every $1 you contribute will be matched by $3 from the state);
• Make our 3rd annual multicultural festival even more of a celebration of community (already scheduled for June 7, 2015, 1-5PM); and,
• Revise and expand our Rondout Revisited exhibit at the Matthewis Persen House when it reopens in the spring.

Please DONATE today.

Thanks, again, for your past support. We wish you the best this holiday season.

Very sincerely,
Geoffrey Miller, Chair
The Reher Center Committee

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.