When was the last time that you were on a historic bakery tour? Your chance to learn about the past, "break bread" and meet history buffs is available in Ulster County, NY.
Hudson Valley natives can learn more about their ancestry and out of town visitors can soak up the historical knowledge of the Hudson Valley.
Historic Bakery Tours Take Place In Ulster County, NY
This popular bakery was ran by Jewish immigrants who were known as the Reher family. Those who lived in the area stopped by this historic bakery for bakery items and canned goods.
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. "
"The Reher Center's mission is to foster belonging by engaging all people through culture, community, work, and bread."
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.
The Reher Center For Immigrant Culture and History Holds HIstoric Bakery Tours In Kingston, NY
The Historic Reher’s Bakery Tours "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 apart 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.
Take A Visit Into The Reher Center For Immigrant Culture and History Newest Exhibition
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.
Sneak Peek at Highly Anticipated Hudson Valley Museum
A New Museum Will Open In The Catskills Featuring Hollywood's Biggest Stars
The Borscht Belt Museum will open in Ulster County,NY. This allows for the history of the Borscht Belt to carry on in the Hudson Valley.
While celebrities in the past visited the Borscht Belt region, there will be more involved in the community when this museum opens in 2025.
Fran Drescher And Fellow Celebrities Will Sit On A Hudson Valley Museum Board
Fran Drescher is a celebrity that almost everyone likes. Known for her role as Fran Fine in The Nanny, the world couldn't help but laugh at her jokes, statements, and relatable interactions with other members of the show.
Fran Drescher isn't the only celebrity who will be in the Catskills.
"The museum’s list of advisory board members includes Fran Drescher, Harvey Fierstein, Judd Hirsch, Robert Klein and Richard Lewis — a fitting cast for a place where some of the nation’s top comedians got their start."
"For generations of Jews in the New York metropolitan area, there was no doubt about the location of those “mountains.” Less than 100 miles from the cramped, sweltering tenements of Manhattan’s Lower East Side was a lush patchwork of forests, farms and bustling rural towns that hosted a summertime population of nearly a million urban strivers hungry for the clean air, fresh food and familiar camaraderie that even a garment worker or cab driver could afford."
Spending the summer in the Catskills sounds ideal.
"From the turn of the 20th century to the 1970s, more than 1,000 hotels, bungalow colonies, summer camps and boarding houses dotted the Catskill Mountains of southern New York. At first they came by train, and later, by bus and car along The Quickway, now known as Route 17."
Some may know this area or region to be called Solomon County, Jewish Alps or The Mountains. The Borscht Belt was also another term that most people remember the most.
How Can You Visit The Borscht Belt Museum In Ellenville, NY?
I took a day trip to the Borscht Belt Museum in Ellenville, NY. Upon arrival, I was greeted by a humorous sign stating "Come in and schmooze, free admission".
When I entered the museum, I was greeted by a volunteer. I was able to walk around and see memorabilia from the different resorts of the Borscht Belt region and community.
I was also told that this museum is a pop up for now, they will continue to change the set up as well. 2025 marks the year that the Borscht Belt Museum will officially open.