German Christmas Open House with Guided Tours on Saturday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec 3, and Sunday, Dec 10 from 1-4 p.m. The 19th century Greek Revival Kempf House will be decorated to reflect a German-American musical family’s celebration of Christmas in the late 1800’s with a tree, music, and holiday cookies. Admission free, donations appreciated.

Also, don’t miss out on our Christmas Carol Sing, Sunday Dec. 10 from 4-5 p.m. Gather around our historic Steinway piano with accompanist Sue Dempsey. Songsheets and handbells provided. Holiday cookies and juice. Admission free, donations appreciated.

Fall 2017 Noon Lecture series
Wednesdays, Noon to 1:00 P.M (except October 22).
Free, but donations are appreciated.
October 4 Washtenaw County Settlements
Grace Shackman, local historian and author

Grace will talk about the founding and beginnings of Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, Saline, and Manchester, 1823-1850.

October 11 All Things Trains, Both Real and Model
Fabian Beltran, 
lifelong railroad enthusiast

Fabian shares his hobby with historical displays and model diorama construction. There will be opportunities for open discussion, and guests will be welcome to share their experiences with both real and model trains.

October 18 Your Ann Arbor Parks
Erika Pratt, 
Recreation Supervisor for the GIVE 365 Volunteer and Outreach Program;
Hillary Hanzel, Park Landscape Architect

Join us for some park history, fun facts, and recent improvements happening in our wonderful Ann Arbor park system. We will also provide information on volunteer opportunities and ways to be engaged with preserving, enhancing and maintaining park spaces.

SUNDAY October 22, 2pm Listening for the Inexplicable
Detroit Paranormal Expeditions

Detroit Paranormal Expeditions, a group specializing in historical location investigations (including the Masonic Temple and the Whitney in Detroit), will analyze the Kempf House on a prior date and then present their findings from the Kempf House and/or other locations on October 22. As they’ve detailed in their CBS Detroit interview on, they go into locations with an open mind and evidence-based approach.

October 25 The 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation
Dr. Walter Schmidt, 
retired Lutheran pastor and adjunct college professor

The date was October 31, 1517. The place was the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The event was the posting of 95 Theses on the door of that Castle Church by the professor and parish priest, Martin Luther. Luther’s purpose was to call for a debate on the issue of indulgences; however, historians have looked upon this event as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. In this 500th Anniversary year, Pastor Walt Schmidt will present an overview of Luther and the Reformation he set into motion.




Kempf House Museum Calendar 2016-2017