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“Stitched Together” Collaborative Student Exhibition
June 3 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
This collaborative exhibit uplifts the stories of immigrant and working women in our community, past and present. Inspired by a 1918 Kingston Daily Freeman article listing the names of shirt factory employees, and an historic photo of women working at F. Jacobson and Sons Shirt Factory, students used historical research, writing, and sewing skills to help understand, imagine, and retell the life stories of nine historical girls and women. The exhibit will feature reproduction blouses, skirts, and other garments as well as posters showing the student research and creativity that went into the final products. This includes census research, creative writing, and sketches. Students from Kingston Catholic, Rhinebeck High, and Ulster BOCES worked on this project throughout the school year, with the assistance of the Ulster County Archivist Taylor Bruck and Maria Cabrera of Maria Cabrera Alterations & Tailoring.
The opening event celebrates the accomplishments of students who developed the content for this exhibit during this most challenging of years. This exhibit will be on display through August and leads the way to a larger exhibition that will tell a fuller story of the workers in Kingston’s garment industry past and present. That show, Sewing in Kingston, will open at the Reher Center’s refurbished gallery later in 2021.