Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History

Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History The restored Reher Bakery will be the home of the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History. " Like" us and we'll keep you updated on what's going on.
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We DID IT! With your help, we met our $7,500 match. We will stock the shelves for Historic Bakery Tours and can't wait t...
03/25/2020

We DID IT! With your help, we met our $7,500 match. We will stock the shelves for Historic Bakery Tours and can't wait to break bread together at the Reher Center soon. For a sneak peek at things to come, join Sarah Litvin next Friday, April 3rd at 11 AM when she will share research gems from Sewing in Kingston as a guest on Turnstile Tours digital experiences! Read more and sign up here to watch Sarah and explore the other fabulous Turnstile programs :https://www.facebook.com/events/1844598182343271/

03/23/2020

Shout out to all those who are #sewinginkingston these days to help save lives. Please reach out to @theideagarden if you need material and use the #sewinginkingston hashtag to share photos of all kinds of sewing projects you’re up to during this period of staying at home. Let’s keep connected and document this important moment in our local history of #sewinginkingston.
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Want to help make masks? Check out the wonderful tutorials here by the long time social justice focused crafters at @gather_here, and on Facebook by the amazing womxn at @unshatteredny. We have tons of material that was donated to us for an upcycled bag making workshop. If you or anyone you know can make use of it give me a shout and we’ll find a contact free way for a handoff. Not a maker? Consider a donation to either/both of these organizations to keep the good work going!

Grab the kids to help stock the shelves at Reher’s! For ideas, visit SundayList.Org to hear former customers remember ho...
03/18/2020

Grab the kids to help stock the shelves at Reher’s! For ideas, visit SundayList.Org to hear former customers remember how this space looked and why it was so special. Once you have finished your drawing, create a digital copy and send it to [email protected]. We’ll create a gallery on our website!

We are just $1,187 away from meeting our match challenge for the month of March. https://www.rehercenter.org/donations/spring-appeal-2020/

Congrats Michael Cioffi and Sara B. Franklin! Sara was such a wonderful facilitator of our book club this fall!
03/03/2020
The Secrets of a Catskills Diner

Congrats Michael Cioffi and Sara B. Franklin! Sara was such a wonderful facilitator of our book club this fall!

The tasty history of the Phoenicia Diner is recounted, with recipes, in a new cookbook.

Help us to recreate Reher's Bakery storefront to ca 1959 by giving THIS MONTH! Until March 31st, a generous donor will m...
03/02/2020

Help us to recreate Reher's Bakery storefront to ca 1959 by giving THIS MONTH! Until March 31st, a generous donor will match your dollars up to $7,500. WATCH OUR VIDEO https://www.rehercenter.org/donations/spring-appeal-2020/ And follow this feed throughout March to see us raise dough to stock the shelves!

During the storm Saturday night, a car hit a lamppost at the corner of Spring and Broadway and sped off, sending that po...
01/20/2020

During the storm Saturday night, a car hit a lamppost at the corner of Spring and Broadway and sped off, sending that pole crashing through the retail shop window of the Reher Center. The Buildings and Grounds crew sprung into action, braving the storm to meet the police and to cut plywood and secure the window. Since then, we’ve picked up the broken glass, and glazed a new window. Today the pane looks good as new! This team of volunteers has big plans in the works for improvements to our courtyard and gallery in advance of re-opening for the season in May. And with this kind of talent, speed and commitment, you’d better believe it’s gonna get done. Thank you to our wonderful Buildings and Grounds team, and please message us if you want to join these superheroes as a Buildings and Grounds volunteer! @nancydonskojphoto @jeffrey.farber @trashrunnerny @gmiller1931

PSA: Is this your bike? It's been sitting by the Reher Center Gallery steps for a few weeks and we don't want anything t...
01/08/2020

PSA: Is this your bike? It's been sitting by the Reher Center Gallery steps for a few weeks and we don't want anything to happen to it! Please retrieve it by Friday.

We support our friends at the Jewish Federation of Ulster County who are encouraging people who are Jewish and their all...
01/05/2020

We support our friends at the Jewish Federation of Ulster County who are encouraging people who are Jewish and their allies to stand up to hate through this campaign tomorrow, January 6th.

Please join the Jewish Federation of Ulster County on Monday January 6, to participate in #JewishandProud Day. Jews and non-Jews alike are participating. Just click on the link below for details. And please Share this post to help spread the word.

Join your community and show your pride in being Jewish - or be an ally to your fellow Jews- all day Monday January 6, 2020 A Day of Jewish Pride- #JewishandProud - https://mailchi.mp/ucjf.org/jewish-and-proud

We are all shaping the Reher Center together. Please help us to plan for the future by filling out our (5 minute) 2019 V...
12/29/2019
2019 Visitor Survey

We are all shaping the Reher Center together. Please help us to plan for the future by filling out our (5 minute) 2019 Visitor Survey! https://www.rehercenter.org/posts/2019-visitor-survey/ Meet some of the key behind-the-scenes actors who made our 2019 season possible, and chart our growth moving forward, on our new From the Director blog! https://www.rehercenter.org/posts/shaping-the-reher-center/ We are so grateful for all of your support this year.

Visitor Responses 2019 Visitor Survey December 27, 2019 by rehercenter At our 2018 Open Houses, we asked visitors to share their visions for the Reher Center. In 2019, we tried our best to bring those dreams to reality. As we plan for 2020 and beyond, we want to hear what you loved and what you want...

Since first meeting 3 years ago, Frank Reher’s grandson Buddy and Reher Center Director Sarah Litvin have stayed in touc...
12/21/2019

Since first meeting 3 years ago, Frank Reher’s grandson Buddy and Reher Center Director Sarah Litvin have stayed in touch via phone and have become dear friends. Buddy visited the Reher family in Kingston each summer when he was growing up in the 1930s and continued to see the Rehers throughout their lives. Here are some shots from Sarah’s trip to visit Buddy and Dina, his wife of 69 years, at their home in Florida today. Sarah brought some tastes of Kingston old and new: chocolate from @krauses_chocolates and rice from @evergrowingfamilyfarm. And Buddy presented Sarah with a gift of a woodwork he made just for her! And also some stellar jokes...

This weekend, in collaboration with Kingston Art and Mari Meade Dance Collective - MMDC, the Reher Center Gallery was ab...
12/17/2019

This weekend, in collaboration with Kingston Art and Mari Meade Dance Collective - MMDC, the Reher Center Gallery was abuzz with the stories of five Kingstonians who shared their experiences of immigrating from Mexico, Colombia, Italy, The Gambia, and Ukraine, and settling in Kingston. Their stories will be featured in the upcoming Sewing in Kingston exhibit at the Reher Center Gallery and in "Immigration Stories," a dance piece at ASK Presents, both of which will open in May 2020!

Join us tomorrow at @roughdraftny at 5:30 PM to join our discussion of The Way We Eat Now, facilitated by the amazing @s...
12/10/2019

Join us tomorrow at @roughdraftny at 5:30 PM to join our discussion of The Way We Eat Now, facilitated by the amazing @sarabfranklin. This is the last in our four month literary exploration of immigration, community, work and bread through the 20th and 21st centuries, made possible by @humanitiesny Stop by and join us!!

Bee Wilson’s 2019 The Way We Eat Now will bring our exploration of immigration, community, work and bread through books ...
12/05/2019

Bee Wilson’s 2019 The Way We Eat Now will bring our exploration of immigration, community, work and bread through books up to the present! At last month’s Chew on This book club meeting, members prepared recipes from Edna Lewis’ cookbook! Who knows what might happen this month! Find out at Rough Draft at 5:30 Wednesday the 11th. #breakingbread #rehercenter #beewilson

And now for a real toast...Reher Center made it's #GivingTuesday goal of $7,500. With the help of lots of individual don...
12/04/2019

And now for a real toast...Reher Center made it's #GivingTuesday goal of $7,500. With the help of lots of individual donors--many of them NEW supporters, our goal was exceeded. The grand total of $GivingTuesday donations to Reher is $20,148! CHEERS!

Sinterklaas Kingston
11/25/2019

Sinterklaas Kingston

Be sure to catch storytelling by Karen Pillsworth at Reher's Bakery 1:30-2:20 PM

Oatmeal with cream, smothered rabbit, fried tomatoes...what did you have for breakfast today?  Join us at dinner time to...
11/13/2019

Oatmeal with cream, smothered rabbit, fried tomatoes...what did you have for breakfast today? Join us at dinner time to discuss A Taste of Country Cooking, the classic 1976 part-memoir, part-cookbook by Edna Lewis, an African-American woman who grew up in Freetown Virginia and migrated North to New York, living for a time in the Hudson Valley. This is part 3 of our 4-part Chew On This, A Food Book Club. Tonight's meeting, from 5:30-7, will be facilitated by Sara B. Franklin, an Edna Lewis scholar, and will be hosted at the @kingstonlibrary Community Room. Though we will not have rabbit, we will have complimentary wine courtesy Kingston Wine Co. Pick up your copy today at the Library or at Rough Draft Bar & Books, where it's 10% off. Read more and sign up for tonight our our last session, December 11th, https://www.rehercenter.org/chew-on-this/

#breadbread during our Historic Bakery tours 4:00 today and 2:00 and 4:00 next Saturday Nov. 16 are the last tours of th...
11/09/2019

#breadbread during our Historic Bakery tours 4:00 today and 2:00 and 4:00 next Saturday Nov. 16 are the last tours of the season. AND chance to see the Voces show. #kingstonnytourism #visithudsonvalley #ulstercountytourism #ulstercountyny #hudsonvalleymuseums

Put on your finest coat and head down to the Reher Center for hot bread and warm conversations on today's Past, Present,...
11/09/2019

Put on your finest coat and head down to the Reher Center for hot bread and warm conversations on today's Past, Present, Future Tours of Reher's Bakery at 2 PM and 4 PM! Tickets and meeting in the Reher Center Gallery, through the Spring Street courtyard and up one flight. This photo shows Elsie, the youngest of the Reher daughters, standing alongside the bakery's side windows on Spring Street, which have since been bricked in. Behind her, you can see 100 Broadway, an address that no longer exists. This building, along with the other homes and businesses on the east side of Lower Broadway, was torn down as part of Urban Renewal in the late 1960s.

How do you like to make new friends? Dinner and dancing? A tour and discussion? A book club? How about volunteering at a...
11/04/2019

How do you like to make new friends? Dinner and dancing? A tour and discussion? A book club? How about volunteering at a food pantry? The Reher Center has got something for everyone to come out and enjoy this month! Thanks especially to our amazing partners at Ulster County Italian American Foundation and @CatholicCharitiesNY For details tune in to Radio Kingston and sign up for our Breadcrumbs newsletter at ReherCenter.org! @ Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History

Come learn about the past and plans for the future of the Rondout neighborhood tomorrow! The city will share its plans f...
10/25/2019
BAKERY TOURS

Come learn about the past and plans for the future of the Rondout neighborhood tomorrow! The city will share its plans for Weaving the Waterfront tomorrow, October 26th from 11-4. Be sure to make your way up the hill for one of the Reher Center's Past, Present, Future of Reher's Bakery tours, which begin at 2 PM and 4 PM. https://www.rehercenter.org/bakery-tours/
Entry and tickets through the entrance on Spring Street, through the courtyard and up one flight.

https://www.kingston-ny.gov/weavingthewaterfront

Voces, an exhibit celebrating 15 years of Spanish language media in the Hudson Valley today at the Reher Center Gallery ...
10/19/2019

Voces, an exhibit celebrating 15 years of Spanish language media in the Hudson Valley today at the Reher Center Gallery @12-5 PM! And Bakery tours today at 2 and 4. Warm smiles and warm bread await you! (Photo of the proud parents of @marielfiorilavoz, host of La Voz on @radiokingstonny at the Voces Opening reception!)

Join us tomorrow night at 5:30-7 PM at the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History Gallery to discuss "Canned: Th...
10/15/2019

Join us tomorrow night at 5:30-7 PM at the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History Gallery to discuss "Canned: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry" by Anna Zeide. Whether you have read the book or not, join us! We'll discuss where our food comes from and how our tastes and expectations about what's for dinner have changed over time and place. This conversation will be facilitated by Sara B. Franklin and a special guest will be calling in as well: Jen Vos, a student who researched the history of packaged food that was sold in Reher's Bakery.

Jen's research was part of a class project last Fall 2018 spearheaded by Cindy Falk, professor at the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies. Students closely examined the few photographs the Reher Center has found of the interior of the retail shop and wrote a detailed report identifying the foods depicted and offering their conclusions about the significance of these foods to the Reher family and their Rondout customers in the mid-twentieth century as well as instructions for how to recreate them for our museum. We are so grateful to our many education program partners! Stay tuned for profiles of some of the other amazing projects local classes and students are undertaking with us in the weeks to come.

Looking for adventures this weekend? Or planning to escape the throngs in town and looking to curl up with a good book? ...
10/12/2019

Looking for adventures this weekend? Or planning to escape the throngs in town and looking to curl up with a good book? Reher Center has you covered! Voces, a multimedia show by @latinxproject and @lavozhudsonvalley celebrating 15 years of resilience in Spanish language media, is open in our gallery today 12-5, and stay for a Bakery Tour at 2 and 4...or swipe to see our reccs for weekend reading, now on display for easy pick-up (and discount) at @roughdraftny . The next Chew on This Food Book Club facilitated by @sarabfranklin meets this Wednesday at 5:30 at Reher! @ Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History

Come on down to Reher! An amazing team put Voces together  and we have papusas and horchata for all!
10/05/2019

Come on down to Reher! An amazing team put Voces together and we have papusas and horchata for all!

Opening of Voces. Concert at 9.
10/05/2019

Opening of Voces. Concert at 9.

How do you turn over an exhibition space? With a brilliant team of curators and a good dose of late night silliness! Cou...
10/04/2019

How do you turn over an exhibition space? With a brilliant team of curators and a good dose of late night silliness! Couldn't be more excited for the opening of Voces: 15 Years of Resilience through the Lens of Journalism in Spanish! Opening is tomorrow at 5-9 PM at the Reher Center Gallery! From 8-9 PM, as a special treat, we will have a concert of Argentinian folk music and Tango performed by Elie Massias and Liz Fiori who hail from across the Spanish-speaking world! Many many thanks to Arts Mid-Hudson and Latinxproject for funding and co-curating this season of exhibitions at the Reher Center and especially Susie Ximenez, Mariel Fiori and everyone at Radio Kingston for this show, which will be our last of the season!

A huge thank you to all who came out to support the Reher Center and made last night's Deli Dinner a huge success! Espec...
10/04/2019

A huge thank you to all who came out to support the Reher Center and made last night's Deli Dinner a huge success! Especially to Lew Kirschner and Amy Kirschner, our caterers-extraordinaires; and to Barbara Connelly Cohen, the master planner behind this event for four years running as well as Geoff Miller and the Barbaras-in-crime, Barbara Cohen Blas and Barbara Mansfield who were so integral behind-the-scenes! The leftovers were donated today to Catholic Charities and People's Place; thanks as well to those who underwrote those donations!

Everyone around here is psyched for tomorrow night’s Deli Dinner!! It’s not too late to reserve your ticket or just walk...
10/02/2019

Everyone around here is psyched for tomorrow night’s Deli Dinner!! It’s not too late to reserve your ticket or just walk up with a big appetite tomorrow at the Fair Street Church from 4:30-7:30 pm. Each meal is $30 and benefits Reher Center programming!

It’s a gorgeous day to help out with the rice harvest at Ever-Growing Family Farm! Stop by before or after your tour at ...
09/28/2019

It’s a gorgeous day to help out with the rice harvest at Ever-Growing Family Farm! Stop by before or after your tour at Reher’s Bakery (today at 2 and 4) to lend a hand and meet an immigrant family who have brought their food traditions to Ulster Park today! Also the last day to see Bajo La Misma Luna at the Gallery, today 12-5 pm! @ Ever-Growing Family Farm

Ever-Growing Family Farm
09/27/2019

Ever-Growing Family Farm

Community rice harvest festival September 28. Join us 10 to 5. Weather permitting

It was an all-around stand-up weekend at the Reher Center! Friday night we had a standing room only crowd for LoraLee Es...
09/23/2019

It was an all-around stand-up weekend at the Reher Center! Friday night we had a standing room only crowd for LoraLee Escobelli's film La Transazione-The Transaction, a screening hosted in partnership with the Ulster County Italian American Foundation. Special shout-out to the late night clean-up crew! Then Saturday during Art Walk Kingston more than 50 visitors saw Bajo La Misma Luna, the important show on display in our gallery through September by Adelante Student Voices and curated by #Latinxproject To top it all off, Patricia Brakman baked us fresh bread for our bakery tours. On the 2 PM tour, the Reis sisters shared amazing stories and even discovered their family name on the Sunday List! Thanks to all of you who made the Reher Center come alive!! #kingstonny #immigrant Kingston #kingstonwaterfront #rondout @ Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History

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How exciting. So happy!
The Ulster County Italian American Foundation will be co-hosting a FABULOUS screening of "La Transazione”, a short movie filmed in Kingston, about 3 Italian Immigrant Sisters that meet their husbands at Ellis Island. This event will take place at the Rehr Center For Immigrant Culture and History on Friday night, September 20 There will Pre Movie Tours of the restored Reher Bakery, which now houses the Reher Center. Tours will be at 6 & 6:30 PM, and the film will commence at 7 PM. The Reher Center is located at 99-101 Broadway, on the corner of Spring Street. "Food and Light Refreshments" from Savona’s will be compliments of the Ulster County Italian American Foundation. ALL donations will benefit the Reher Center.
6th ANNUAL KINGSTON MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL (2018)
Help the Reher Center open their doors this summer by making a donation to their matching fund. Every little bit helps!
Amigos de La Voz: The big day is coming soon! Have you got your tickets yet Please call the Fisher Center Box Office now at (845) 758-7900 Or go online: http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=132744 ¡Salsa! A Benefit Performance for La Voz Magazine Sunday, June 25 at 4pm, Spiegeltent Featuring Grammy nominated salsa band New Swing Sextet! And salsa lesson with Dojo Dance Company, complimentary glass of wine, dance, raffles and surprises! The New Swing Sextet: Just after returning from its Latin American tour, the Grammy nominated New Swing Sextet will perform at Bard’s beautiful Spiegeltent. Imagine a hot salsa band from the 1960s reuniting after a 30-year hiatus to discover an even greater, more global, fan base. “Rip Van Winkle couldn’t have had it better,” recalls co-bandleader George Rodriguez of the New Swing Sextet’s (NSS) recaptured infectious popularity. “No one is more surprised than we are,” says the vocalist and original NSS member, “to be ‘Back on the Streets’.” A product of New York City and the excitement and turbulence of the sixties, the band has been a popular and innovative exponent of Latin jazz, salsa and pop music for over five decades. Fundraising events can be a lot of fun! Come see it for yourself! Proceeds from this ¡Salsa! will benefit La Voz magazine, the Bard's Spanish language publication covering Hispanic culture and news, for the 140,000 Latinos who live in the Mid-Hudson Valley and Catskill regions (Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, Columbia and Sullivan counties). http://lavoz.bard.edu/