The Reher Center has the only gallery in the Hudson Valley dedicated to our region's immigrant stories past and present.
The space functioned as a hayloft or storage for nearly 100 years.
We opened it to the public as a Gallery, Classroom, Visitors Center, and Office in 2018.
We have hosted 7 exhibits, 30 public programs, and served more than 600 school children, despite our site lacking bathrooms or running water.
A brilliant team of professionals has donated their expertise to draw up plans that make the space fully functional for our needs! Now we need your help to fund the parts and labor. With your support, we will:
Finish building our bathrooms and create a kitchenette for events
Install electricity along the south side of the Gallery and enhance lighting for exhibits and events throughout the space
Install sheetrock on the ceiling and some walls, and seal the bricks to improve air quality
Invest in green HVAC systems
Shore up and seal floor, and replace broken floorboards
Create an office space for our staff
We will come together again safely for programs that share stories of struggle and resilience, celebrate our diversity, and reveal how very much we have in common.
Students from Cooperstown Graduate Program Emma Glaser and Amanda Berman measure the Storefront Windows as part of their work on a Reher Center Furnishings Plan in March, 2018, as their professor, Cindy Falk, takes notes.
Geoffrey Miller, Nancy Donskoj and Lew Kirschner, members of the Reher Center Steering Committee, look on as Tyson McCasland measures the upper windows to prepare for the installation of large-scale images.
Both 101 and 99 Broadway were painted blue, red, and white in the 1980s, after Reher’s Bakery closed. 101 Broadway had been restored to its original yellow and green colors during the Reher Center’s 2009 Storefront Restoration Project. Here Richy paints 99 to match.
We have so many people to thank for getting us to this point! Architect Dorothy Pierson of PS Design worked with our Buildings and Grounds team. She handed her drawings off to Rick Whelan of Dittodoesdesign who art directed the rendering. Rendering was donated by Rick’s longtime client Nathan Brauer of Ralph Gillis architecture. We are so grateful to them and all of the others who weighed in on designs along the way! Including Rebecca Shea, Mike Prudhomme, Marilyn Kaplan of Preservation Architecture New York, and more!
The Louis Greenspan Charitable Trust
Eli and Susan Basch
Carol and RonDavid Super Gold
Richard S. and Harriet K. Fein Donor Advised Fund Community Foundations
Jessica and Michael Singer
Arielle and Andrea Hirschfeld
Deborah R Litvin