Kingston Immigrant Oral History Project
In Spring, 2022, the Kingston Library and the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History launched a collaborative project to gather, document, preserve, and share the oral histories of the immigrant experience in our community.
This project is motivated by a lack of materials in the library’s Local History collection on the immigrant experience of the latter twentieth and early twenty-first century, as well as the value the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History place on the preservation of community history, particularly during a time of rapid demographic change in our city.
Recorded oral histories and transcriptions of the interviews are now part of the Library’s and Center’s collections, ensuring that marginalized voices are included in the historical record and made accessible through public institutions.
Kingston Immigrant Oral History Project is supported with federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by Southeastern NY Library Resources Council.