Our Open Houses begin again on September 27, 2015, and continue every Sunday (with the exception of Thanksgiving weekend) through December 13, 2015. Stop by for a guided tour of the Kempf House Museum between 1 pm and 4 pm. They are FREE! Donations appreciated.

Noon Lectures start on September 30, 2015 for our Fall Season
Wednesdays, Noon to 1:00 P.M.  FREE!  Donations appreciated.

September 30   Rosie the Riveter
Darlene Imus, Head Librarian, Yankee Air Museum Library/Archives

Darlene recalls the importance of over 6 million WWII women (“Rosies”) who worked on the home front, with their slogan, “We can do it!”


October   7     The Cask of Amontillado, a Chamber Opera by Julia Perry
Olivia Duval, Executive Director, Pittsfield Opera Theater

Olivia examines the main characters and motive for murder in Perry’s adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s ghoulish short story, premiering locally in 2016.


October  14    Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History
Susan Nenadic, Author & Historian

Susan relates stories of a potpourri of 19th C. women whose actions significantly altered American society, yet the general public is unaware of their contributions.


October   21    Ann Arbor Churches
Grace Shackman, Author & Historian

Grace discusses the history and illustrates the architecture of some distinctive local churches.


October 28    Role of Downtown Development Authorities in Historic Downtowns
Jada Hahlbrock, Management Assistant, Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority

Jada describes the goals and work of the A2DDA, including their support of historic preservation in downtown Ann Arbor.


November  4   Early Ann Arbor Businesses
Art French, Long-time Ann Arbor “Townie”

Art recalls details about early notable Ann Arbor businesses, their locations, and founders, as well as memories of early German civic organizations.


November 11   Ann Arbor Beer: A Hoppy History of Tree Town Brewing
David Bardallis, Freelance Writer and Editor

David pops the cap off the history of local breweries from the establishment of the first commercial one in 1838 to today’s craft brew boom.


November 18   The Swing Era, a Big Band Count Down
Stu Johnson, Historian

Between 1935 and 1945, America emerged from the Great Depression and suffered through World War II. Big Band Swing became the music of the day. Using recorded music, Stu counts down the most popular or important Big Bands of that era.

German Family Open House with Guided Tours
Saturdays & Sundays, Dec. 5 & 6, and 12 & 13, 1-4 pm

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.

Family Christmas Carol Sing
Sunday, Dec. 6,  4–5 pm

Gather around our historic Steinway piano with accompanist Sue Dempsey. Songsheets and handbells provided. Holiday cookies and juice. Admission free, donations appreciated.




Kempf House Museum Calendar 2015