Reher Center to Celebrate Ulster County Heritage Week with a Screening of “Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal” and an Opportunity to Tour the Historic Reher Bakery Building.

Sunday, October 26 from 11 a.m. until  5 p.m., the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History will open the historic Reher Bakery building on the corner of Broadway and Spring Street for tours highlighting the recent restoration project and information about upcoming plans.  (Free)

From 1 p.m. until 2:30, the Reher Center will host a screening of “Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal” followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Stephen Blauweiss and Lynn Woods and others inLost Rondout Poster- ASK 10-26-2014volved with the 1960s urban renewal program, next door to the Reher Bakery, at the Art Society of Kingston (ASK).   “Lost Rondout…” is a documentary which chronicles the destruction of much of Kingston’s downtown waterfront district by a federally funded urban renewal project in the late 1960s. Based on hundreds of slides taken by Gene Dauner of the area just prior and during the destruction, the one-hour film, which is a preview of a full-length documentary under development by filmmakers Stephen Blauweiss and Lynn Woods, also includes images by other photographers and interviews with former residents as well as historians and urban renewal experts. (Free)

Once one of the most significant ports on the Hudson River, Rondout was a unique place, a city built by immigrants that at its peak was ruled by canny businessmen who made vast fortunes. Its story of boom and bust and sudden annihilation by a government program designed to replace its mom-and-pop culture with large-scale, subsidized development—a program that failed abysmally on all counts—is a quintessentially American one, which was echoed in cities across the country. “Lost Rondout…” relates the emotionally wrenching account of the impact on the people who lost their homes and had to be relocated, as well as the dubious legacy of urban renewal. The film also explores the area’s gradual revitalization and the increasing appeal of the historic section that remains as rising energy prices and the ugliness of sprawl are driving a new generation back to the cities.

Lynn Woods is a journalist and painter who moved to the Rondout district nearly 20 years ago and has been fascinated by the city that vanished ever since. She is a graduate of Barnard College and after a career as a business travel reporter for national publications writes extensively for Ulster Publishing and Chronogram, covering the arts, environment, and the history and revitalization of Kingston.

Stephen Blauweiss is a filmmaker and graphic designer who specializes in short-format films about artists, including one on Pop artist Robert Indiana. He has produced over thirty five shorts profiling the cover artists for Chronogram Magazine, which are available on the magazine’s website. Three of his films have aired on PBS. His film about artist Joan Steiner was exhibited as part of her installations at the New York State Museum and MASS MoCA. Other films of Mr. Blauweiss have screened at other museums and film festivals in the U.S., Canada and Europe.


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$550,000 Building Stabilization and Restoration Project Breaks Ground

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Night Market

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