Spring 2017 Noon Lecture series
Wednesdays, Noon to 1:00 P.M. Free, but donations are appreciated.
March 8 Rayelene Mieske, Bird Center Educational Team Member
Bird Center of Washtenaw County


Rayelene will present Blue, a live Blue Jay, “in person”, as an ambassador for the Bird Center and for all wild birds. She will talk about how the Center got started and how it services community by rehabilitating and releasing rescued birds.

March 15 Green Things Farm CSA
Nate and Jill Lada,
local organic farmers

Show and Tell by Nate and Jill, whose farm supports our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), as well as a traditional farm stand that includes local meats and flowers, custom transplants, wholesale options, and even summer dinners.

March 22 Good Tickle Brain
Mya Gosling, Shakespearean-themed web-comic creator

Mya’s Good Tickle Brain website and Facebook page sport off-beat and witty take-offs on Shakespearean plays. Expand your imagination with a listen to this creative presenter.

March 29 The Peace Corps, Sierra Leone, and Me
Norm Tyler
, local author/architect

What prompted a naive nineteen-year-old from small-town Michigan to work in villages in West Africa where locals had never before seen a white person? Norm will tell first-hand stories based on his personal diary from his two-year tour as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa, the narrative of book, The Peace Corps, Sierra Leone, and Me. Norm is also the lead author for books on Historic Preservation (also translated into Korean), Community Planning (also translated into Chinese), and Greek Revival architecture. He is completing the manuscript for a book on the history of transcontinental transportation.

April 5 Pastor Frederick Schmid, missionary to early Germans in Ann Arbor
Barbara Wilson Foster
, organist at St. Marks Lutheran Church in Ypsilanti

Barbara will share her studies of Pastor Frederick Schmid, who was sent in 1833 as a
missionary from Basel, Switzerland, to the German settlers in southeast Michigan. Walking or traveling by horseback, he founded about 20 churches, including Bethlehem in Ann Arbor. Some music familiar to German pioneers in the mid 1800’s will also be performed.




Kempf House Museum Calendar 2016-2017