In late August, 2022, HRN hosted its First Annual Catskills Field Day: a two day celebration of the foodways of the Catskills and Hudson Valley. Our final event was a fresh flour pancake breakfast at Putt Putt Van Winkle, with pancakes by baker and educator Amy Halloran.
In this episode, Amy sits down to interview Sarah Litvin, PhD, the Executive Director of the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History. Sarah shares the some highlights of the Reher Center's work in Kingston, NY, including past and upcoming exhibits. Before they get to the present, they also cover the past, as the Reher Center building served as a prominent Jewish Bakery for nearly a century. Kingston residents of the surrounding Rondout neighborhood, mostly working class and immigrant, came to Reher’s for bread, canned goods, and gossip.
Today, the site is as a museum and cultural center that preserves and honors the legacy of Reher's Bakery and amplifies immigrant stories of the Hudson Valley, past and present. The Reher Center's mission is to foster belonging by engaging all people through culture, community, work, and bread.
The Reher Center Gallery is open from 1-6pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
About Our Guest Host, Amy Halloran: A writer and change agent, Amy works to add social values and economic viability to farms, cities, families, the emergency feeding system, and communities. Her love for pancakes led her to write a book about flour, THE NEW BREAD BASKET: How the New Crop of Grain Growers, Plant Breeders, Millers, Maltsters, Bakers, Brewers, and Local Food Activists Are Redefining Our Daily Loaf. She lives in Troy, New York, and works with the Artisan Grain Collaborative in the Upper Midwest, and the Northeast Grainshed to create networks that support regional grains. Amy loves to create bridges between ideas and people through food.
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