Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History

Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History The mission of the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History is to preserve and present stories with universal appeal about immigration, community, work and bread.
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In April and May 2021, Karen Pillsworth, Kingston’s Storyteller Laureate, led this project with 33 classes at JFK and Ge...
06/07/2021

In April and May 2021, Karen Pillsworth, Kingston’s Storyteller Laureate, led this project with 33 classes at JFK and George Washington school. Enjoy these photos of their creations for today’s #MulticulturalMonday!
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#ReherCenter #HistoryInTheBaking #WorryDollHV #KingstonMulticulturalFestival #KingstonNY #UlsterCounty #WorryDolls #LocalHistoryMuseum #HistoryMuseum #KingstonNewYork #Multicultural

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the opening of Stitched Together! On Friday, we honored our student contributo...
06/06/2021

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the opening of Stitched Together! On Friday, we honored our student contributors from @ulsterboces, @rhinebeckhighschool, and #kingstoncatholicschool, and celebrated the opening of our newest exhibit. We are so excited to share this exhibit with you all!

The exhibit will be on display in the Reher Center’s courtyard and front windows through August. Stop by any time!

Photo Credit: Veronica Fassbender of Verofass
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#ReherCenter #HistoryInTheBaking #StitchedTogether #KingstonNY #UlsterCounty #ExhibitOpening #LocalHistoryMuseum #HistoryMuseum

Dear Artists:  Drop off tomorrow at the Reher Center Gallery 1-4pm. Did not get a chance to create your Worry Doll? Don'...
06/04/2021

Dear Artists: Drop off tomorrow at the Reher Center Gallery 1-4pm. Did not get a chance to create your Worry Doll? Don't worry, there is still time! Contact [email protected] for details.

Dear Artists: Drop off tomorrow at the Reher Center Gallery 1-4pm. Did not get a chance to create your Worry Doll? Don't worry, there is still time! Contact [email protected] for details.

Due to tomorrow’s rain, the opening of Stitched Together has a NEW DATE! Join us on Friday, June 4th from 5-8PM. If you ...
06/02/2021

Due to tomorrow’s rain, the opening of Stitched Together has a NEW DATE! Join us on Friday, June 4th from 5-8PM. If you already reserved your ticket, you MUST re-register for the new date! We hope to see you there!

Due to tomorrow’s rain, the opening of Stitched Together has a NEW DATE! Join us on Friday, June 4th from 5-8PM. If you already reserved your ticket, you MUST re-register for the new date! We hope to see you there!

Do you recognize this street? This colorized postcard, published in 1914 by Kingston Souvenir Co., shows Lower Broadway,...
06/02/2021

Do you recognize this street? This colorized postcard, published in 1914 by Kingston Souvenir Co., shows Lower Broadway, Rondout, Kingston NY.

Interested in exploring more of our digital collection? Visit the link in our bio for more!
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#ReherCenter #HistoryInTheBaking #KingstonNY #KingstonHistory #NewYorkHistory #UlsterCounty #LocalHistoryMuseum #HistoryMuseum

Do you recognize this street? This colorized postcard, published in 1914 by Kingston Souvenir Co., shows Lower Broadway, Rondout, Kingston NY.

Interested in exploring more of our digital collection? Visit the link in our bio for more!
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#ReherCenter #HistoryInTheBaking #KingstonNY #KingstonHistory #NewYorkHistory #UlsterCounty #LocalHistoryMuseum #HistoryMuseum

05/31/2021

Brush up on your language learning skills this #MulticulturalMonday as we learn how to say “peace and health” in Mohawk, Swedish, Japanese, Armenian, and Persian! These videos come from last year’s virtual Kingston Multicultural Festival. Look out for future Multicultural Monday posts as we explore even more languages from throughout the globe!

Don’t forget, this year’s Kingston Multicultural Festival is happening Sunday, June 13th, 20th, and 27th from 10am-2pm! Click the link in our bio for more information.
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#ReherCenter #HistoryInTheBaking #WorryDollHV #KingstonMulticulturalFestival #KingstonNY #UlsterCounty #WorryDolls #LocalHistoryMuseum #HistoryMuseum #KingstonNewYork #Multicultural #ForeignLanguage

So many thanks to the students of the Pop-up Gallery Group, the workforce development program of the @thedrawkingston an...
05/29/2021

So many thanks to the students of the Pop-up Gallery Group, the workforce development program of the @thedrawkingston and @laraagiordano for beginning the installation of Stitched Together last week! So excited for the opening next week, Thursday June 3rd. For details see link in bio.

Stitched Together features student-made and student-embellished garments designed for 9 working-class girls and women who worked at @shirtfactoryartist in 1918, as well as posters showing the historical research and inspirations behind them. The exhibit will be on display in our front windows and courtyard from June 3rd-August.

Then later this year we will open our Sewing in Kingston exhibit, which tells a fuller history of the city’s garment industry past and present, in the Reher Center gallery.

#exhibitopening #historyinthebaking #sewinginkingston #localhistory #collaboration

Join us for the 9th annual Kingston Multicultural Festival! On June 13th, 20th, and 27th at TR Gallo Park, join the Rehe...
05/26/2021

Join us for the 9th annual Kingston Multicultural Festival! On June 13th, 20th, and 27th at TR Gallo Park, join the Reher Center as we enjoy a variety of multicultural food, art, performances, and more! Click the link in our bio or visit kingstonmulticulturalfestival.org for more information. We hope to see you there!
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#ReherCenter #HistoryInTheBaking #WorryDollHV #KingstonMulticulturalFestival #KingstonNY #UlsterCounty #WorryDolls #LocalHistoryMuseum #HistoryMuseum #kingstonnewyork

Join us for the 9th annual Kingston Multicultural Festival! On June 13th, 20th, and 27th at TR Gallo Park, join the Reher Center as we enjoy a variety of multicultural food, art, performances, and more! Click the link in our bio or visit kingstonmulticulturalfestival.org for more information. We hope to see you there!
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#ReherCenter #HistoryInTheBaking #WorryDollHV #KingstonMulticulturalFestival #KingstonNY #UlsterCounty #WorryDolls #LocalHistoryMuseum #HistoryMuseum #kingstonnewyork

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Are you interested in contributing to this year’s Kingston Multicultural Festival?To raise funds to...
05/23/2021

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Are you interested in contributing to this year’s Kingston Multicultural Festival?

To raise funds to bring the Worry Doll Project into more classes in the fall, the Reher Center is inviting artists to participate by creating and contributing their own worry dolls to the festival!

Artists, we can’t wait to see your dolls! Share a picture of your worry dolls to Instagram with the hashtags #WorryDollHV! Don’t forget to tag us!

Want to learn more? Visit the link in our bio and click on “Worry Doll Project” for more information and to find out how to submit your dolls!
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#ReherCenter #KingstonNY #UlsterCounty #KingstonMulticulturalFestival #LocalArtist #NYArtist #DIY #DIYProject #WorryDolls

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Are you interested in contributing to this year’s Kingston Multicultural Festival?

To raise funds to bring the Worry Doll Project into more classes in the fall, the Reher Center is inviting artists to participate by creating and contributing their own worry dolls to the festival!

Artists, we can’t wait to see your dolls! Share a picture of your worry dolls to Instagram with the hashtags #WorryDollHV! Don’t forget to tag us!

Want to learn more? Visit the link in our bio and click on “Worry Doll Project” for more information and to find out how to submit your dolls!
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#ReherCenter #KingstonNY #UlsterCounty #KingstonMulticulturalFestival #LocalArtist #NYArtist #DIY #DIYProject #WorryDolls

Look at those Saturday morning smiles! Thank you thank you amazing volunteers who built a temporary structure in the cou...
05/23/2021

Look at those Saturday morning smiles!

Thank you thank you amazing volunteers who built a temporary structure in the courtyard today to mount Stitched Together, the collaborative student exhibition that will open in our courtyard and front windows early next month.

Learn more and register for the opening reception at the link in our bio.

#volunteersrock #historyinthebaking

Here’s a peak into our collection: a Reher family portrait circa 1912-1913. Talk about a #ThrowbackThursday!Standing in ...
05/20/2021

Here’s a peak into our collection: a Reher family portrait circa 1912-1913. Talk about a #ThrowbackThursday!

Standing in the back from left to right: Yetta (Etta), Jennie, William and Mollie; sitting from left to right, Elsie, Frank, Gertrude, Ada, and Sadie.
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#ReherCenter #HistoryInTheBaking #KingstonNY #UlsterCounty #LocalHistoryMuseum #HistoryMuseum #EarlyPhotography #Edwardian

Here’s a peak into our collection: a Reher family portrait circa 1912-1913. Talk about a #ThrowbackThursday!

Standing in the back from left to right: Yetta (Etta), Jennie, William and Mollie; sitting from left to right, Elsie, Frank, Gertrude, Ada, and Sadie.
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#ReherCenter #HistoryInTheBaking #KingstonNY #UlsterCounty #LocalHistoryMuseum #HistoryMuseum #EarlyPhotography #Edwardian

Join us on June 3rd to celebrate the opening of Stitched Together—a new, collaborative exhibit in the Reher Center court...
05/19/2021

Join us on June 3rd to celebrate the opening of Stitched Together—a new, collaborative exhibit in the Reher Center courtyard and front windows.

Visit the link in our bio to learn more and reserve your free, timed ticket today!
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#ReherCenter #HistoryInTheBaking #StitchedTogether #KingstonNY #UlsterCounty #ExhibitOpening #LocalHistoryMuseum #HistoryMuseum

Join us on June 3rd to celebrate the opening of Stitched Together—a new, collaborative exhibit in the Reher Center courtyard and front windows.

Visit the link in our bio to learn more and reserve your free, timed ticket today!
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#ReherCenter #HistoryInTheBaking #StitchedTogether #KingstonNY #UlsterCounty #ExhibitOpening #LocalHistoryMuseum #HistoryMuseum

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Are you interested in contributing to this year’s Kingston Multicultural Festival?To raise funds to...
05/17/2021

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Are you interested in contributing to this year’s Kingston Multicultural Festival?

To raise funds to bring the Worry Doll Project into more classes in the fall, the Reher Center is inviting artists to participate by creating and contributing their own worry dolls to the festival!

Want to learn more? Visit the link in our bio and click on “Worry Doll Project” for more information and to find out how to submit your dolls!
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#ReherCenter #KingstonNY #UlsterCounty #KingstonMulticulturalFestival #LocalArtist #NYArtist

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! Are you interested in contributing to this year’s Kingston Multicultural Festival?

To raise funds to bring the Worry Doll Project into more classes in the fall, the Reher Center is inviting artists to participate by creating and contributing their own worry dolls to the festival!

Want to learn more? Visit the link in our bio and click on “Worry Doll Project” for more information and to find out how to submit your dolls!
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#ReherCenter #KingstonNY #UlsterCounty #KingstonMulticulturalFestival #LocalArtist #NYArtist

You’ve heard us talk about the Worry Doll Project, or maybe your child even came home from school with a worry doll last...
05/17/2021

You’ve heard us talk about the Worry Doll Project, or maybe your child even came home from school with a worry doll last month! But what is the Worry Doll Project?

This #MulticulturalMonday, let’s learn more about these Guatemalan treasures to find out just why we love them so much!

Do you have a worry doll of your own? We would love to see it! Share you photo, tag us, and use hashtag #WorryDollHV!
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#ReherCenter #HistoryInTheBaking #WorryDollHV #KingstonMulticulturalFestival #KingstonNY #UlsterCounty #WorryDolla #LocalHistoryMuseum #HistoryMuseum

Hi everyone! My name is Ami, and I’m the new social media intern for the Reher Center! I’m a Museum Studies graduate stu...
05/16/2021

Hi everyone! My name is Ami, and I’m the new social media intern for the Reher Center! I’m a Museum Studies graduate student at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. I’m from Staten Island, but I spend my summers in Monticello! I’m excited to share content with you all, virtually meet everyone, and experience some #HistoryInTheBaking together!🍞

Hi everyone! My name is Ami, and I’m the new social media intern for the Reher Center! I’m a Museum Studies graduate student at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. I’m from Staten Island, but I spend my summers in Monticello! I’m excited to share content with you all, virtually meet everyone, and experience some #HistoryInTheBaking together!🍞

Thank you thank you to the volunteers and staff of Reher Center, CCAC and La Voz who made 210 worry dolls/muñecas quitap...
05/14/2021

Thank you thank you to the volunteers and staff of Reher Center, CCAC and La Voz who made 210 worry dolls/muñecas quitapenas kits yesterday! These are for visitors to participate in the project at this year’s Kingston Multicultural Festival!

Can’t wait to see you at TR Gallo Park for the 9th Annual Kingston Multicultural Festival Sunday, June 13, 20, and 27!!

We’ll be hosting one more kit assembly day early next month. Message us if you want to join in the fun!

Learn more about this project and participate from anywhere in the world at the link in our bio. And don’t forget to upload a picture of your doll to #worrydollhv

What comes after scraping and before painting??Plastering!!Yesterday preservation plasterer Derrick McNabb replastered m...
05/11/2021

What comes after scraping and before painting??

Plastering!!

Yesterday preservation plasterer Derrick McNabb replastered much of the north wall of Reher’s Bakery’s retail shop to prepare the space to take on its 1959 look for our Historic Bakery Tours this summer.

Swipe to see the fine 19th century decorative designs on the bottom layer of paint that we discovered while scraping. We will preserve this section of the wall for future research. Stay tuned as we continue to discover what new stories our building has to tell of its history of immigration, community, work, and bread!!

Many thanks to @herzogs_home_center for their generous donation of plaster and paint supplies for this project!

#preservation #localhistory #ifthesewallscouldtalk #kingstonny #ulstercounty

New discoveries on the walls ☝️Dorothy Pierson, chair of our Buildings and Grounds team did some hard and dusty work ove...
05/04/2021

New discoveries on the walls ☝️Dorothy Pierson, chair of our Buildings and Grounds team did some hard and dusty work over the weekend, scraping the peeling paint off of the north wall of the retail shop to prepare to replaster and repaint. (See last pic for “before” shot) In the process, she discovered decorative painted blue and red lines that we will preserve, along with several other “areas of record.”

This plaster/paint work is part of our project to “set” the space to reflect its 1959 look. Stay tuned for more on our preparations and plans to open for bakery tours weekends this summer!!

#localhistorymuseum #preservation #rehercenter #ulstercounty #kingstonny #kingstonwaterfront

Thank you thank you to the whole team at @augustine.nursery for donating plants to beautify the Reher Center’s courtyard...
05/01/2021

Thank you thank you to the whole team at @augustine.nursery for donating plants to beautify the Reher Center’s courtyard! And to our amazing buildings and grounds team members @trashrunnerny and Ashley Swopes for getting started on clean-up and planting. Want to help? Leave a message and let us know! #community #volunteersrock #kingstonny #localhistorymuseum

We are so sad to share of the death of Mr. Ford, our former City Historian of Kingston. His deep commitment to learning,...
04/30/2021

We are so sad to share of the death of Mr. Ford, our former City Historian of Kingston. His deep commitment to learning, preserving, and sharing local history inspires and will benefit us all for years to come.

The Friends of Historic Kingston share the news of the death of Ed Ford, a legacy of local history.

Last week the Worry Dolls entered the classroom! Pictured above are students from JFK with their Worry Dolls! Continuing...
04/27/2021

Last week the Worry Dolls entered the classroom! Pictured above are students from JFK with their Worry Dolls! Continuing throughout this spring, Karen Pillsworth, Kingston’s Storyteller Laureate, will lead this project with 33 clases at JFK and George Washington schools. Younger students will use popsicle sticks to make their dolls, and older students will assemble them from pipe cleaners!

Instructions on how to create your own Worry Dolls at home are available now on our website in English, Spanish, and Q’eqchi’. The original Worry Dolls story by Andrea Delcid is available as well! Check it out with the link in our bio🌟

#rehercenter #worrydolls #cornellcreativeartscenter #muñecaquitapenas #kingston #communityartproject

In light of our upcoming Stitched Together exhibition, we’d like to honor Kingston native, Mary Berardi! Mary was born i...
04/23/2021

In light of our upcoming Stitched Together exhibition, we’d like to honor Kingston native, Mary Berardi! Mary was born in 1915 and grew up in East Kingston. One of 13 siblings, Mary began working at Jacobson’s Shirtwaist factory right after high school where she was a presser earning 13 cents per hour. As a presser, Mary used an iron to remove wrinkles from the finished shirts without burning them.

She also met her husband Amelio at Jacobson’s, where he worked as a packer. They are pictured here in 1933. They had two children together!

In an interview with the Reher Center this March, Mary reflected on her time at Jacobsons’ saying, “Everything was beautiful. I look at it today, and I say what a beautiful life I had.”

Our upcoming exhibition Stitched Together tells the stories of 9 women who worked at Jacobsons’ shirt factory in 1918, just a decade before Mary began there! Save the date for the opening reception on June 3rd! Registration link coming soon!

#localhistory #locallegend #Kingston #hudsonvalleyhisotry #garmenthistory #TheShirtFactory #Kingstonhistory #Kingstonhappenings

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The Reher Center is developing historic Reher’s Bakery into a cultural and culinary community center and museum focusing on immigrant stories of the Hudson Valley. We are preserving and revitalizing this rare, intact 19th -century building to create a vibrant new resource for Kingstonians and visitors alike.

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This beautiful film, made at the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, is now available on you tube for your viewing pleasure. Lora Lee Ecobelli 11 mins Our short film La Transizione was really getting around on the circuit but now all the remaining film festivals that it was submitted to have been cancelled due to Covid19. We have decided to put it on youtube so all the world can see it. Please enjoy and share it with your friends. It was a true labor of love and we would love it to reach a broader audience We believe it’s message is an important one. Three Italian sisters meet their new husbands for the first time after arriving at Ellis Island in the early 1900s. YOUTUBE.COM La Transazione (The Transaction) | Short Film | Logan Rando Productions Three Italian sisters meet their new husbands for the first time after arriving at Ellis Island in the early 1900s.
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/