Kingston, New York’s first capital, and especially the Rondout District, was built to a large extent with the hard labor and indomitable spirit of its immigrants.

Because there is a real need, especially for our young people and visitors to Kingston, to understand the many contributions of our immigrant ancestors, The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History has been established at 101 Broadway at Spring Street at the site of the historic Reher Bakery next to ASK (Art Society of Kingston) in the Historic Rondout District.

Once the building is restored The Reher Center will be a museum depicting the bakery as it was over the many years when it provided breads and rolls to the inhabitants of the community.  It will contain rare early printed records, paintings and photographs, and a video record of learned and remembered personal local stories.  The Reher Center will also display exhibits featuring the various immigrant groups that have contributed to the development of our community.

The main courtyard of the museum will be paved with 100 locally produced Dedication Bricks donated by people who understand the importance of preserving and keeping alive the record of our city’s beginnings and growth.  People can now honor the memory of those of their family who first came to America.

People like you.

 The Dedication Bricks are far more than decorative. Their proceeds will be instrumental in securing the outer “envelope” of the existing building and protecting it from deterioration by helping to obtain matching grants from New York State. The proceeds of each brick purchased will be matched dollar-for-dollar by our grant from New York State.

Until they are installed permanently in the museum’s courtyard, the bricks will be displayed in the window of the Reher Bakery, and you will receive a certificate for recognition for your contribution to this important community project.

You can be a vital part of the birth of this exciting museum, which will celebrate Kingston’s cultural diversity and immigrant past. When you purchase a Dedication Brick (or Bricks) your name and/or the names of your loved ones will become a permanent feature of The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History and will be a permanent record of your community spirit and dedication to preserving the rich immigrant heritage of our great city.

 

Help us build this great museum…brick by brick. 

Let us engrave your name as a lasting recognition of your philanthropy and support.

Order yours today

Order now by clicking here…

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