2021 Events

Who Remembers Reher’s Bakery Challah?

Sunday, January 24th at 1 PM via Zoom

Reher's Bakery was famous for its Rye bread on Wednesdays, hard rolls on Sundays, and Challah on Fridays. In this session, offered as part of the Ulster County Jewish Federation's 2021 Day of Jewish Learning, Reher Center director Dr. Sarah Litvin will introduce Reher's Bakery and the Reher Center through photos and videos, then invite those who remember Reher's challahs to describe its texture and flavor, and share memories of the Rehers and their Bakery.

Fa Gao (Prosperity Cakes)

“Fa Gao” 发糕 for Chinese New Year

February 14 at 3 PM via Zoom

Fa gao, which literally means “prosperity cake” or “fortune cake,” is one of the most popular treats eaten during Lunar New Year. Get your fa on and learn how to make this spongy, fluffy rice flour dessert with Professor Willa Zhen of the Culinary Institute of America. Additionally, learn about bread traditions from across China from Yin Kong, Executive Director of Think! Chinatown. This event is offered in partnership with Think! Chinatown. Participate in all of their virtual Chinese New Years events! Learn more at https://www.thinkchinatown.org/tuanyuan-box

Registration Link to come.

Kingston Black History Collaborative Research Project!

Monday, February 22nd, 7-8 PM via Zoom

Black History is woven into the fabric of Kingston’s past, but where can we go to learn about it? The History Alliance of Kingston is compiling existing Black History of Kingston resources and collecting new ones in order to create a digital guide, both for researchers and the general public. Join us for a presentation of our progress and to learn how you can take part in building this important new resource.

Employees at F. Jacobsons and Sons Shirt Factory ca 1920. Photo credit: Friends of Historic Kingston

Stitched Together

Student Opening June 3rd, 2021

Public Opening June 5th, 2021

An exhibit featuring student research and interpretation of the stories of nine former employees of F. Jacobson and Sons Shirt Factory ca 1918. Students from Kingston Catholic School, Rhinebeck High, and Ulster BOCES Fashion and Merchandising programs have worked throughout the school year to research and imagine these women's lives. We will present their stories visually using textiles and projections in our courtyard this spring.

Children wearing irridescent uniforms post with a Native American man in native dress

Multimedia Performance with Whoop Dee Doo

Summer, 2021

In collaboration with Whoop Dee Doo and a variety of local organizations, performers and youth will create a unique live show for the Kingston community in summer 2021! (Final dates TBD)

Would you like to be involved as an artist, a volunteer, or a performer? Let us know! EMAIL: info@whoopdeedoo.org

2020 Events

The Hudson Valley History Hunt

Brought to you by the History Alliance of Kingston, this digital scavenger hunt challenges participants to solve clues for a chance to win an assortment of prizes.

Embark on your Hudson Valley History Hunt to find clues from the Reher Center and our partner organizations, and discover the history of immigration, community, work, and bread at 101 Broadway and beyond.

Our Neighborhood Rolls Community Mural

Open to the public Reher Center Courtyard, near 3 Spring Street

In August 2020, visiting Artist Julia Vogl worked with the students of the Rondout Neighborhood Center's Read and Write program to articulate questions to ask the broader Kingston community that represent our diversity, what we share, and what we value. Using stencils and a color scheme designed by Vogl, community members spray painted answers from 148 respondents to the students' questions.

See more of artist Julia Vogl's work

Project photos by Verofass Photography


Elena Valencia Alzate at her home sewing studio, 2019

Coming Soon - Sewing in Kingston: Home, Factory, and Tradition

"Sewing in Kingston: Home, Factory, and Tradition" is an exhibition and public program series at the Reher Center that explores how Kingstonians from many backgrounds have used sewing as a source of income, an expression of creativity, and a vehicle for cultural transmission. Between May and November 2020, we will amplify the voices and perspectives of individual participants in Kingston’s garment industry past and present, highlighting the role of immigrants and women and tying Kingstonians’ experiences of sewing to broader historical, cultural, and economic trajectories in Kingston and the country at large.

Past Events

2020 Events

It’s a fun-ZOOMing hour of laughter! Be a joke teller and/or a joke enjoyer. These days, we definitely need all the laughs we can get.


"Meet" Sadie and Elsie Reher!
Theatre on the Road's Living HIstory Tours
Saturdays in October, Old Dutch Church Burial Ground, 7PM

Costumed actors portraying Sadie and Elsie Reher will appear Uptown to chat with visitors and share the history of Reher's Bakery as part of Theatre on the Road's 2020 Living History Tours in the Old Dutch Cemetery. This wonderful LIVE performance features seven diverse, historic Kingstonians.

Tickets are $10 and each tour will be capped at 60 people. Social distancing and masks will be enforced.