Hudson Valley Residents Discover Family History on Bakery List
When it comes to family history, there's a lot that can be learned. More than ever, we're interested in our lineage and may use websites such as Ancestry and 23andMe to gather information.
What if you could learn about your family here in the Hudson Valley?
Some of the villages, hamlets and towns in the Hudson Valley date back to the 1600's. If your family members lived here then, it's possible that they helped settle the beautiful towns that we live in today.
There are Hudson Valley towns that used to be called something else but today, go by a different name.
Every town has a story to tell, whether it's something that is known or hidden. Hudson Valley artifacts can also pop up and tell their own story of what was like before we arrived.'
Hudson Valley Museum Highlights Hudson Valley Residents And Their Past
A popular Ulster County, NY bakery was once one of the most popular businesses in the area. At the time, this bakery was run by Jewish immigrants who were known as the Reher family, their story still lives on today.
The Reher Center For Immigrant Culture and History shared information,
"Today, the site is 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. "
While I was visiting Kingston, NY, I took time to go into The Reher Center For Immigrant Culture and History and learn about all that they offer for the community.
How Can Residents Learn More Through The Reher Center In Kingston, NY?
Historic bakery tours take place at the Reher Center and allow guests to
"explore the past, present and future of Reher's Bakery".
The Reher Center For Immigrant Culture and History shared,
Those who go on the tour can "step back to 1959" and explore an immigrant Jewish bakery. This bakery once served different breads such as challah, rye,pumpernickel and more. Their signature bread rolls were a fan favorite and were a part of the Kingston, NY community for 80 years.
Original artifacts will be seen, stories will be told of a typical Sunday morning at the bakery as well. Tour guests will also learn how Frank Reher managed to create a successful business along with his children which is still remembered in 2023.
The ticket also includes a free entry into The Reher Centers newest gallery exhibition which is called Taking Root: Immigrant Stories of the Hudson Valley. This space allows guests to view the interactive content that is displayed on site.
Ticket prices start at only $12.50 and can be purchased through a link provided.
The Historic Reher's Bakery Tours are Saturday and Sunday at 11:30am. These tours start on July 15, 2023 and continue through November 26, 2023. The tours are around 50 minutes.
Hidden Artifact Reveals Last Names Of Past Customers Of Reher's Bakery
There are hamlets, villages and towns within the Hudson Valley. Some towns can be recognized as a small town where everyone knows one another by name, this may continue to live on in Kingston, NY.
A Hudson Valley family owned diner uncovered a piece of the past.
The Reher Center allows residents to share their story of what life was like when Reher's Bakery was open and how they positively impacted their lives with their food.
A list is available to those who are interested to see on their website, highlighting customers last names, this includes those who made an order and it needed to be fulfilled or delivered.
Do You Know Any Of The Names From This List Of Reher's Bakery?
The Reher Center shared,
"This “Sunday List,” an artifact left behind when Reher’s Bakery closed, inspired Sundays at the Bakery, a digital exhibit."
I spoke with Hudson Valley residents who recognized names from the list that were their family, friends and neighbors. Some of the Ulster County, NY last names mentioned in the list are ancestors of those who carry on the same last name in the Hudson Valley.
It's possible that if you have friends, family or neighbors who are Hudson Valley natives, they may recognize a popular last name, a family friend's name or even an ancestor.
Take a look at the list and share your opinions with us below. Have you ever found a Hudson Valley artifact? Tell us more.
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