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.