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. "Like" us and be a part of the story!
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We cannot wait to join Reher Center advisor @jeffyosko at The Great Jewish Food Fest!!・・・Hi! Been working with such a fa...
05/19/2020

We cannot wait to join Reher Center advisor @jeffyosko at The Great Jewish Food Fest!!
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Hi! Been working with such a fantastic team of food people to create @greatbigjewishfoodfest. This wildly ambitious festival spans 10 days. Come cook with chefs and cookbook authors, come argue about your favorite foods or bakeries, come learn with food-obsessed rabbis, and come gather with us around the virtual table. We’re raising funds for COVID-19 relief, for those in need, and supporting the food industry. See you there!!.
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I’ve attached a few of the stunning graphics made by @dashalom to show a cross section of the events, which include such diverse programs representing important voices in the food world and Jewish world. There will be daily happy hours, an amazing lineup of Shabbat-related sessions and programs, and an all star lineup, including @gailsimmonseats @mikesolomonov @chefeinat @adeenasussman and so many other chefs and thinkers and leaders in the community. #greatbigjewishfoodfest link in bio and at JewishFoodFest.org.

Geoff Miller’s deep appreciation for the beauty of cultural diversity led him to envision and found the Reher Center for...
05/14/2020

Geoff Miller’s deep appreciation for the beauty of cultural diversity led him to envision and found the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History. Here is his cultural quilt square reflecting that insight and value. Make your own square as a self portrait of your life, heritage, and/or values to add to our collaborative community quilt! Visit ReherCenter.org for instructions and inspiration, and upload your square to Instagram with #CulturalQuiltHV to be a part of the ONLINE Kingston Multicultural Festival on June 14th!
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Stereotyping knows no ethnic boundaries. It is baked into us all as a species. It was eye opening to me on my first trip to Israel to discover what a rich tapestry my people became in the 2,000 years since they were expelled from their native land by the Romans. Settling all along the Silk Road throughout the Middle East and Asia, along the Mediterranean coast to France and north into the interior Europe, and into Ethiopia and the interior of Africa, Jews blossomed into a kaleidoscope of local cultures, enriching their Jewishness with the customs and practices of the people among whom they found themselves. What does it mean to be a Jew? Ask an Ethiopian Jew. Ask a Yemini Jew, or Iranian, Iraqi, French, German, or Indonesian Jew, and you will receive a different answer from each of them.
Shalom, Geoff Miller

It's gonna be a gloomy, cold weekend in the Hudson Valley...what a perfect time to grab your loved ones (through Zoom or...
05/08/2020

It's gonna be a gloomy, cold weekend in the Hudson Valley...what a perfect time to grab your loved ones (through Zoom or by the hand!) and make a square to contribute to the Cultural Quilt of the Hudson Valley! Check some of this week's beautiful contributions, highlighting a Scottish coat of arms, the Italian flag, and Salvadoran papusas! Find inspiration from quilting traditions around the world and instructions for how to create and upload your own at ReherCenter.org. #CulturalQuiltHV

Timeline Photos
05/01/2020

Timeline Photos

Introducing: The Digital Cultural Quilt of the Hudson ValleyLet’s come together while we are apart to keep exploring and...
05/01/2020

Introducing: The Digital Cultural Quilt of the Hudson Valley

Let’s come together while we are apart to keep exploring and celebrating the cultural diversity of our region! We are encouraging kids, teens, and adults to create a paper collage square representing your heritage or identity. Then contribute your work to the quilt by uploading a photo of it to Instagram using the hashtag # CulturalQuiltHV https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/culturalquilthv/

For more info and our How-To guide (including how to contribute if you're not on Instagram), visit ReherCenter.org

This collaborative art project is developed by the Reher Center in partnership with the #barrettartcenter All collage squares will be pulled together to create a collaborative, digital quilt. The quilt-in-progress will be on view June 14th at the ONLINE Kingston Multicultural Festival and at BarrettArtCenter.org.

The only materials you need are paper scraps and glue. We can't wait to "see" you all in the quilt! @ Kingston, New York

A huge thank you to the 11th grade English classes at Mamaroneck High who participated in virtual visits of the Reher Ce...
04/24/2020

A huge thank you to the 11th grade English classes at Mamaroneck High who participated in virtual visits of the Reher Center this week! Y’all were amazing!! And special thanks to Aaron Shansky for spearheading and tech-wizarding these programs. More info on virtual visits, including how to sign up, will be available on our website next week!

Our exhibitions, K-12 trips, and public program planning continue thanks to the dedication of so many wonderful, talente...
04/15/2020

Our exhibitions, K-12 trips, and public program planning continue thanks to the dedication of so many wonderful, talented, and dedicated collaborators! Here's just a sample of a few of our project teams at work this week: Yesterday Dr. Gretchen Sorin and her team from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies joined Ward MIntz and Sarah Litvin from the Reher Center to discuss the exhibition script for Sewing in Kingston. This morning, three English teachers from Mamaroneck High School planned a virtual fieldtrip to the Reher Center with their 11th grade English classes next week!

This week we honor Maria Cabrera, owner of Maria Cabrera Alterations & Tailoring for her work #sewinginkingston! For the...
04/10/2020

This week we honor Maria Cabrera, owner of Maria Cabrera Alterations & Tailoring for her work #sewinginkingston! For the past few weeks, Maria has worked with her team on making masks for area hospitals with help from the Chamber of Commerce in spreading the word. Her masks have gone to the Health Alliance as well as other area hospitals and the COVID-19 testing center in Kingston.

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Maria grew up in her mom’s dress factory in Puebla, Mexico. She immigrated to this country at age 15 and the family moved to Kingston in 1990. She started working for Robert Tonner at Tonner Doll Co. in 1998, who sent her to Parsons School of Design in NYC. She worked as a head pattern maker for 18 years, then for Men’s Warehouse as a tailor, and opened her own sewing studio in 2016.

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Stay tuned for more stories of #sewinginkingston past and present as we gear up for our exhibition, catalogue, and public program series! For a sneak peek, watch the archive of last week's Virtual Experience here: https://www.facebook.com/TurnstileTours/videos/220229772374396/UzpfSTQ4MjM5OTMxMTgyNDUyNTozMDAwMzA3NjcwMDMzNjY0/

04/03/2020
Turnstile Tours

Here we go!

Join us for a virtual tour of the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History this morning!

Getting ready to share some Kingston history and a sneak peek at Sewing in Kingston! Today at 11 am, find the link on ou...
04/03/2020

Getting ready to share some Kingston history and a sneak peek at Sewing in Kingston! Today at 11 am, find the link on our page!!

When Reher Center Director Sarah Litvin’s mom sewed her this Lady Liberty costume for the Jewish holiday of Purim way ba...
04/02/2020

When Reher Center Director Sarah Litvin’s mom sewed her this Lady Liberty costume for the Jewish holiday of Purim way back when, she had no idea she was “threading the needle” for Sarah’s career as an immigrant woman’s historian! So many years later, Sarah will share some of that research as a guest on a FREE Turnstile Tours virtual experience this Friday, April 3rd at 11 AM! Join us to hear what's coming up at the @rehercenter , including a sneak peek at the Sewing in Kingston exhibit, catalogue, and public program series. Sarah will share a few of Kingston's specific stories and, drawing on the brilliant scholarly insights and personal connections of the project's advisors, Andy Battle, Hasia Diner, and Veronica Martinez-Cruz, she’ll show and how these local stories tie into larger trends at the intersection of geography, industry, gender, immigration, garment work, labor history, and so much more. Sign up and watch the facebook live broadcast here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1844598182343271/ #sewinginkingston #kingstonny

Check out who is #sewinginkingston this week! Here is Emilia DeCicco Buono at the machine in her shop, the 48 year-old f...
03/31/2020

Check out who is #sewinginkingston this week! Here is Emilia DeCicco Buono at the machine in her shop, the 48 year-old family business Prom and Wedding, earlier this month. The shop is temporarily closed but Emilia is still busy making face masks to donate to local hospitals.

Emilia began working for Prom and Wedding in 1997, and took over the business in 2006 when her father Frank died in a tragic traffic accident. She has returned the shop to its roots as a men’s store with a focus on tuxedo tailoring and suits for sale and honors her parents' legacy and Italian heritage with photos and momentos close by her machine.

Master tailor Frank DeCicco emigrated from Italy to Kingston in 1951 and opened DeCicco's Tailor Shop in 1955. Gaetana arrived from Italy in 1961 and worked at several local sewing businesses, including Halpern Blouse Company (above the old Trailways station on Broadway), Jacobson’s Shirt Factory, and Expert Awning. The couple married in 1963 and decided to open their own business.

Prom and Wedding opened in King’s Mall in 1973 and moved to its current location at 796 Ulster Avenue in 1978.

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Tag us with your stories and images of #sewinginkingston and follow us to discover more about the amazing sewing businesses (and individuals!) of our city, past and present.

Sewing in Kingston, an original exhibit, catalogue, and public program series, will run from Summer/Fall 2020-Spring 2021. For a sneak peek, join us for a FREE digital program, Exploring the Reher Center, this Friday at 11 AM. Register here: https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/turnstiletours/items/224158/calendar/2020/03/?flow=379402&full-items=yes

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!

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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.
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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/