Date(s) - 09/16/2017
MATTHEWIS PERSEN HOUSE MUSEUM
September 2, the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History will open a new exhibit, “Rising Time,” at the Matthewis Persen House that uses newly discovered artifacts from our collection to tell twin stories of change and continuity at 99-101 Broadway in Kingston’s Rondout neighborhood. The exhibit begins by presenting the building’s biography as a window into the history of Rondout from the late 19th century through today. James Van Buren opened his leather goods and findings business here in 1883 in the midst of a thriving commercial port district. By the time Frank Reher, an Austrian Jewish immigrant, opened his bakery in the building in 1907, the Rondout had become an ethnically, religiously, and racially diverse working-class neighborhood. In the late 1960s, the city’s Urban Renewal projects destroyed Rondout’s social and commercial infrastructure, forcing Frank Reher’s children to adapt their business to cater to customers who lived in other parts of the city.
Exhibit Curator and Reher Center Interpretive Planner Sarah Litvin will be on hand to share some of the amazing finds she and our archivist, Samantha Gomez-Ferrer, uncovered this summer at the Bakery. At noon, Sarah will offer a formal overview of the exhibition, the Reher Center’s recent research and future plans to open the historic site for tours and programming this Fall.
BONUS OPPORTUNITY: ORAL HISTORY ARCHIVE. Please stop by September 9th, as well, to share your memories of the Reher Bakery and the Reher family. We will have video, audio recorders as well as pencils and paper to capture your recollections.