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 present their stories visually using textiles and posters in our courtyard and front windows.
On view in the front windows and courtyard of the Reher Center through August.
Kingston Multicultural Festival
Join the Kingston Multicultural Festival this June on THREE different Sundays in collaboration with the Kingston Waterfront Farmers Market!
Sundays June 13th, 20th, and 27th at TR Gallo Park from 10am - 2pm.
The 2021 Multicultural Fest will bring two pop-up food vendors to the Waterfront Farmers Market all three weeks, highlight the culture of two full-season food vendors in a collaboration with students from the Culinary Institute of America, and bring local performers from the Hudson Valley for two shows each week!
Multimedia Performance with Whoop Dee Doo
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 on August 28th, 2021!
Would you like to be involved as an artist, a volunteer, or a performer? Let us know! EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Being Black & Jewish
April 7, 2021, 7 PM on Zoom
Being Black & Jewish shines light on the experiences of three women living at the intersection of these identities in the Hudson Valley: Lacey Schwartz Delgado, Ahvegyil Skolnick, and Randi Zinn. Moderated by Reher Center board member Barry Mayo, this far-ranging Zoom panel conversation will explore their different histories, experiences, connections to their Black and Jewish identities, and so much more. Co-Sponsored by the Reher Center and Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley
The World Kneads Bread: Italian Easter Bread
Sunday, March 21st, 3 PM via Zoom
Kitchen Class hosted in partnership with the Ulster County Italian-American Foundation
Featuring Celia FlorCruz from the the Culinary Institute of America
Includes Mother-in-Law’s Recipe and some great stories of the Poughkeepsie Italian community
Reher Rolls Revival
Sunday, March 14th
11AM-1PM rolls pick-up at Reher Center, 3 PM program via Zoom
On Sunday, March 14th The Reher Center honored the tradition of Sunday bread pick-ups at Reher's Bakery with a two-part event to benefit the Reher Center and People's Place, a food pantry in Kingston.
From 11am-1pm participants drove by to pick up a variety bag of donated rolls (or had them delivered!), and shared the opportunity to socially-distance gather under the tent outside Reher Center, with music from the Ancient Order of Hibernian’s Pipe and Drum Band.
From 3-4pm participants joined a Zoom conversation with former Reher Bakery customers Eli Basch, Chuck Jackson, Emmy Hastings, Mike Rice, Karen Pillsworth, and Dan Reinhard to reminisce and do a taste-test. Lcal baker JT Pinna and Culinary Institute of America Alumna Josie Waisbrot discussed plans to use these memories and insights to recreate the recipe for Rehers rolls.
Introducing Black History of the Hudson Valley 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.
“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
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.