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.


Mid-Hudson Heroes Contest

The Reher Center  could use your help.  We are participating once again in Ulster Savings Bank’s Mid-Hudson Heroes competition to support our multicultural programming, such as our annual multicultural festival, the Kingston Community Block Party, and to help fund the restoration of the historic Reher Bakery in Rondout to serve as our future home.  If we come in first, Ulster Savings Bank will donate $3,000 to our cause.

 Voting starts February 18th and runs through March 6th.

Please support us by going online to www.midhudsonheroes.com and following directions.

You may cast one vote each day, so vote for the Reher Center as often as you can.

 Please forward this information to people  you think might be interested.

 Thanks, in advance, from all of us at The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History.


 Night Market- Stop by the Reher Bakery the third Friday of every month, May through October, 5 to 9 p.m., for tours of the bakery and the historic neighborhood it once served.  The Night Market is a fun-filled evening when all of the merchants along Broadway, from West Union to Spring Street, stay open late with special offerings, food, music and lots more.

Rondout Revisited- Our core exhibit, with new additions and revisions, will once again be on display at the Matthewis Persen House, SE corner John and Crown Streets.  Persen House Hours: May 23 through August 29, Tu. – Fri. 10 am – 4 pm; Sat 9 am – 3 pm. / September 5 through November 21, Sat. only 10 am – 2 pm.

Kingston Community Block Party, June 7th, 1 – 5 pm, T.R. Gallo Park- Planning for our third annual multicultural festival is already well underway.  Join us for a day of family-friendly fun featuring food, music, children’s activities and a celebration of cultural diversity.

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.