Fredrick Douglass Day (in person)

May be a cartoon of text that says 'жxorox CELEBRATING THE AFRICAN SPIRIT PRESENTS FREDERICK DOUGLASS Honoring, celebrating, and revitalizing the memory of Frederick Douglass with art, performances, mindful moments, and eats DAY'Help us celebrate, honor, and revitalize the words of Frederick Douglass at College Hill Park. Frederick Douglass spoke in Poughkeepsie in 1858, and together we celebrate his life with drumming, singing, dancing, and readings of his words.

Featuring readings from the 1858 College hill words of Frederick Douglass, Melody Africa Drum & Dance Group, the Souls United Choir, Poughkeepsie Performing Arts Academy, interview with Artist Isaac Julien, mindfulness with Mioshi from Reviving Radical, Carlos’ food truck!

Mary Churchill’s War: A Conversation with Emma Soames and Erik Larson (in person & virtual)

The FDR Library presents “MARY CHURCHILL’S WAR: A Conversation with Emma Soames and Erik Larson” on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Churchill granddaughter Emma Soames, editor of MARY CHURCHILL’S WAR: THE WARTIME DIARIES OF CHURCHILL’S YOUNGEST DAUGHTER, will speak with bestselling author Erik Larson about her mother’s wartime diaries and will be available for a book signing following the program. Copies of the book may be purchased in the New Deal Store. The event will be held in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home (local health metrics permitting) and streamed live to the official FDR Library YouTube, Twitter and Facebook accounts. This is a free public event, but registration is required for in-person attendance. CLICK HERE to register.

Summer 2022 CEL Opportunities

Please click on the links below to read more about the positions. Click here to review the process to register.







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“Sewing in Kingston” Exhibition Opening (in person)

Sewing in Kingston is a major exhibit accompanied by a range of programs showcasing more than a century of Kingston’s rich history of garment manufacturing and the immigrant communities, entrepreneurs, and women whose work made it possible. Join us to learn about the ups and downs of Kingston’s garment industry, the persistence of small businesses, the imagination of artists, and the power of family. The exhibit will highlight the role of immigrants and women and connect local experiences to broader historical, cultural, and economic stories. With one of the most significant local history exhibits ever mounted in the region, Kingston’s newly renovated Reher Center Gallery reopens to the public.

Oral History Project and live music by Ávila Ensemble (in person)

At the heart of it, our work at the Reher Center is to honor the historic legacy of the bakery we inhabit – by amplifying the voices and contributions of Hudson Valley immigrants, past and present.

To further that mission, we’ve partnered with the Kingston Library to record the personal stories of immigrant neighbors. The interviews kicked off earlier this month, and we can’t wait to engage the community with these global, and local narratives.

The Reher Center will  provide snacks and invite participant sign-ups!. And, to help set the tone for cultural exchange and connection, at 3 pm the Ávila Ensemble will perform a range of folk and classical music traditions of Venezuela. We hope to see you there!

Understanding Antiracism as Collecting Organizations (virtual)

This program hosted by the Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services for New York, will cover the very basics of what antiracism is, how we talk about it, its history, and how we can use the principles of antiracism to create more robust and engaging organizations. This webinar will include large group learning and discussion, building on prior experience and constituent interest, as well as participatory opportunities to understand the material more deeply. Register here!

An Afghan Culture & History Primer: Helping the Hudson Valley to Welcome Refugees (virtual)

On Sunday, February 27, join The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History and Sina Baha and Khadija Ghanizada to learn about Afghan culture and history, and to hear first-hand some of the challenges Afghan newcomers face in the Hudson Valley. Over the past few months, several dozen Afghan refugees have settled in the Hudson Valley. This presentation is geared toward assisting Hudson Valley neighbors in welcoming our newest neighbors. The program will feature presentations as well as time for questions. We will also hear from the Afghan Support Circle of the Hudson Valley, a group currently working in support of a refugee agency to help resettle a family in Ulster County. Register here!

Various Positions with Celebrating the African Spirit

This opportunity is available during the Summer 2022. Parts of this CEL can be conducted remotely.

Celebrating the African Spirit (CAS) is a Poughkeepsie, NY 501(c)3 non-profit community-based organization. Their goal is to commemorate the contributions of enslaved Africans and their descendants in the building of the City of Poughkeepsie. They engage in social action projects to address the consequences of institutionalized racism that Black and Brown people live with today. The mission of Celebrating the African Spirit is to acknowledge, articulate, research and commemorate the lives of enslaved Africans in Poughkeepsie, New York. CAS honors the legacy of enslaved Africans and their descendants in Poughkeepsie, through memorials, historical markers, commemorations, events and works with Poughkeepsie young people on these projects of mutual learning and co-creation.
Position Descriptions:
  • Event prep and planning
  • Working with young people on programs
  • Social media and marketing promotion
Desired Skills:
  • ease of communication with a diverse range of people and groups
  • prior work with young people
  • website and social media skills


  • Times are not fixed, other than for specific events (i.e., potential high school visits, after school meetings, and for evening CAS meetings that take place 1-3 times a month, very occasional weekend events)

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to