2021 Events

These cryptic notes are the closest thing to a rolls recipe that the Reher family left behind! Reher Center Collection

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 will honor 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 will drive by to pick up a variety bag of donated rolls (or have them delivered!), and share the opportunity to socially-distance gather under the tent outside Reher Center, with music from the Ancient Order of Hibernian’s Fife and Drum Band.

From 3-4pm participants will join a Zoom conversation with local baker JT Pinna, former Reher Bakery customers, and a bread expert to share rolls, to reminisce. These memories will help us to one day recreate the recipe. A portion of the proceeds will go to People's Place Kingston.

Register for bread pick-ups, delivery, or just to receive the Zoom link, click the "Buy Tickets" button below.

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

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

Ongoing Events

The Hudson Valley History Hunt
www.hudsonvalleyhistoryhunt.com

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

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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

Crew aboard the Hudson River Day Line steamboat "Alexander Hamilton," September 6, 1971. Hudson River Maritime Museum Collection

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 (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

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.