The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History opened its new gallery space in 2018. Our gallery is the only space in Kingston devoted to the history of the Rondout neighborhood and the immigrant stories of the Hudson Valley, past and present.
Hours: The Reher Center Gallery is Closed As We Grow our Gallery and Build our Bathrooms this winter. However, exhibits along Spring Street and in our Courtyard and Front Windows are free and open to the public.
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 December.
Coming Soon - Sewing in Kingston: The Common Thread
"Sewing in Kingston: The Common Thread" 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. Join us to explore pre-industrial home sewing traditions, the height of Kingston's garment industry in the twentieth century, and contemporary boutique sewing businesses. 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.
This three-part exhibit that was on display at the Reher Center in 2018 and 2019 documents the arc of an American river port and its diverse community over 150 years by focusing on changes to Broadway, Rondout's central commercial strip.
Curated by Geoff Miller and Susan Basch
Accompanying text by Lynn Woods
Circa 1820 describes Rondout when it was still Kingston Landing, a small community comprised of a handful of farms and stores and several docks to accommodate the river trade. Image courtesy Friends of Historic Kingston.
Circa 1914 captures Rondout in the years after the closing of the Delaware & Hudson Canal, during which time it continued to thrive as a commercial center and transportation hub. Photos courtesy Friends of Historic Kingston.
The Urban Renewal Years documents Rondout during the 1960s, when it was in serious decline and the neighborhood east of Broadway was demolished. This section of the exhibit is based around the photographs of Robert Haines and Eugene Dauner, with text by freelance journalist Lynn Woods.