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.

Summer 2019 exhibits were made possible thanks to significant support from the Louis Greenspan Charitable Trust, Humanities New York, our Founders Circle, and an anonymous donor.

Hours: Open Saturdays and Sundays, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Immigrant Stories: The Making of La Transazione and
Refuge or Refusal: Turning Points in U.S. Immigration History

Two simultaneous exhibits explore immigration history through local stories and their national context.

May 12th – June 30th, 2019
Reception: Saturday, June 1st, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. during 1st Saturday Kingston

Immigrant Stories: The Making of La Transazione
Curation and Photography by Nancy Donskoj

A mix of historic snapshots, contemporary portraits, and written narratives, this exhibit shares the stories of a cast of Hudson Valley actors and their ancestors who immigrated to America and chose to settle in the region. These personal stories inspire their performance in the short film La Transazione, a period piece set in 1893 about three Italian sisters who come to America for arranged marriages. The film was shot on site at the Reher Center in early May and will be released in Summer, 2019.

Refuge or Refusal: Turning Points in U.S. Immigration History
On loan from the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Through content-and image-rich panels, this exhibit presents five key moments as turning points in U.S. immigration policy: 1790, 1882, 1924, 1948, and 1965. Explore the impact of these turning points and the factors that influenced them, from global conflicts and economic conditions to cultural trends and social aspirations. Share where your own story fits in.

Upcoming Exhibits

Mixed Status

Co-curators: Elinor Levy (ArtsMidhudson), Susie Jimenez (LatinX)

One of three Kingston sites hosting an exhibit and program series exploring the spaces people occupy between status categories -- undocumented, gender identity, race.

July 6th -September 30th, 2019
Reception: Saturday, July 6th, 5-8 pm during 1st Saturday Kingston

Mixed Status is a multi-media, multi-site series of exhibitions and programs facilitating exploration of the social spaces of marginalized status in American culture. We will explore marginalized statuses with undocumented persons, the LGTBQ community, and the immigrant community as well as statuses related to race, gender, and sexual identity. Through the mediums of music, art, poetry, food, storytelling, and discussion, we will investigate what these spaces look like, how we live within and negotiate between these spaces, along with the normalized statuses that marginalized communities simultaneously reject and desire.

Core Exhibit

Rondout Revisited

This three-part permanent exhibit 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.

Past Exhibits

Life Above the Store - 2018
The Story Continues - 2018