Sewing In Kingston, a digital companion to the exhibition

The Reher Center began collecting stories of Sewing in Kingston in 2019. Driven by our mission to explore and honor stories of immigration, culture and work in the Hudson Valley, the Reher Center set out to create the first major exhibition on the history and contemporary stories of sewing and garment manufacturing in Kingston.

This digital companion to the exhibition is designed to honor the landmark exhibit and to share additional stories that were not included in the gallery. In the pages that follow, enjoy photos, sketches, audio, and video clips that honor the continuing legacy of Sewing in Kingston!

Click the icons below to explore the digital exhibition.

If you would like to take a deeper look at the gallery exhibit and read the accompanying scholar’s essays that set Kington stories in historical and geographical contexts, please consider purchasing a Sewing in Kingston catalog!



Sewing in Kingston was made possible thanks to significant support from the Coby Foundation with additional funding from Ward Mintz and Floyd Lattin. Associated public programs were made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Humanities New York.


Many thanks to Sewing in Kingston Presenting Sponsors: Ulster County Tourism, Shawangunk Valley Conservancy/Bienstock Family, and an Anonymous Donor.

Additional Sewing in Kingston supporters include our Pleat Sponsor: Ditto! Design!, and Stitch Sponsors: Barbara & Joe Cohen, Basch and Keegan, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, CoWork Kingston, Herzog’s Home & Paint Centers, Jill Ammerata, Miller & Khan, Rick Friedman, and RUPCO.

Sewing in Kingston was researched and curated by Ward Mintz, Sarah Gordon and Sarah Litvin with much appreciated help from many others. Catalog by Ditto Design, exhibit design by Doreen DeNicola Designs. Additional photography by Verfoass Photography.

The exhibition was dedicated to the memory of Halina Szczawinsky.

The Sewing in Kingston digital companion was curated by Victoria Berrios, Maggie Curtin, Hannah Diamond, Sarah Gordon, Sarah Litvin, Sydney Maresca, and Ami Vigilante in 2019-2022. With thanks to Mike Rice at Net Prophet for his assistance coding the Sewing in Kingston Stories Map.