The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History opens its new gallery space on July 7, 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 2018 Reher Center Programming is made possible by a generous donation from the Norman I. Krug family of Sonoma Valley inn/Dry Creek Inn.

The Story Continues: Portraits of Today's Immigrant Businesses

Portraits and stories of a diverse group of contemporary immigrant business owners and artists who live and work in the Rondout.

Photographic Portraits by Nancy Donskoj
Accompanying Text by Lynn Woods

Opening Reception: July 7, 5-8pm
Viewing Hours: Saturdays July 7, 14, 21, 28, 2PM - 6PM
By Appointment: Call Nancy Donskoj at 845-514-3998 to schedule a viewing.

Since the early 19th century, Rondout’s lower Broadway has attracted generations of entrepreneurial immigrants, one of whom was Frank Reher, who emigrated from Krakow and opened a bread bakery at the corner of Broadway and Spring Street in 1908. The trend continues today, with immigrants from Mexico, Italy, Morocco, Austria, Sweden and other countries opening businesses in the neighborhood to support their families and grow Kingston’s economy. This inaugural exhibit honors that legacy.

Can’t visit? Check back in July for information on how to purchase “The Story Continues” exhibit catalogue.

Many thanks to the Hudson Valley Credit Union for their sponsorship of this exhibit.

Rondout Revisited

This three-part exhibit will orient visitors to the rise and decline of the neighborhood from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.

Curated by Geoff Miller and Susan Basch
Accompanying text by Lynn Woods

Opening Reception: July 7, 5-8pm
Viewing Hours: Saturdays July 7, 14, 21, 28, 2PM - 6PM

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.