Kempf House Museum

Kempf House Museum Kempf House Muesum, built in 1853, was home to the Kempfs, a busy German-American Family who lived and worked in the 1890s.
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Trained guides will lead you through restored rooms, including the music studio where the 1877 Steinway Concert Grand Piano remains as it has for over 100 years. Visitors will also hear about how Ann Arbor has grown into a prosperous city, a cultural center, and the home of the Univeristy of Michigan. Kempf House also hosts the Noon Lecture Series and various exciting social and historical events.

The Pop Years 1946-1950 -- Stu Johnson, music historian, is back by popular demand.  This time he shows us how music was...
04/09/2019

The Pop Years 1946-1950 --
Stu Johnson, music historian, is back by popular demand. This time he shows us how music was changing after World War II. Join us for an entertaining way to gain some musical history insights.

Wednesday, April 10, Noon to 1:00 P.M. Admission free, donations appreciated.
Kempf House Museum, 312 S. Division St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104, phone 734-994-4898

As most of us know, bees are disappearing, and about half of MIchigan bees have dropped by 50%.  But at noon this Wednes...
04/01/2019

As most of us know, bees are disappearing, and about half of MIchigan bees have dropped by 50%.
But at noon this Wednesday, April 3rd, we can learn how to support bees and other pollinators, and create safe and healthy outdoor spaces for people and pets. That's because Eileen Dickinson, beekeeper, gardener and co-leader of Bee Safe Ann Arbor, is coming to the Kempf House. There will be a chance to taste local honey!

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You can LIKE them on Facebook at 'Bee Safe Ann Arbor'.

(Late-comers may have to be turned away due to limited seating capacity.)

As a reminder that Claire Dahl as "Rosie the Riveter" is coming to the Kempf House March 27 for our Noon Lecture series,...
03/20/2019
Birthplace Of Rosie The Riveter: The Willow Run Bomber Plant

As a reminder that Claire Dahl as "Rosie the Riveter" is coming to the Kempf House March 27 for our Noon Lecture series, listed below is a link to an old article with some interesting and lesser-known facts.
Noon to 1pm. Admission free, donations appreciated. Seating may be limited for late arrivals.
https://www.manufacturing.net/article/2013/08/birthplace-rosie-riveter-willow-run-bomber-plant

The iconic Rosie the Riveter may seem to be simply a fiction from the past but she has a name - and an important history. She was part of that migration, part of the 40,000 employees at the Ford-run Willow Run B-24 bomber plant and part of the great Arsenal of Democracy that Detroit and the Southeas...

01/26/2019

You are still welcome to call us at 734-994-4898 through February 4 for reservations, but we must warn you that Our Victorian Valentine Teas are almost sold out! Only **one** seat remains for Saturday, Feb 9th, and only three **single** seats (not at the same table) remain for Sunday, Feb 10th!

Additional details:
Reservations are required -- $25 per person for members, $30 for non-members; cash or checks only.
(Membership information is available by clicking on the Membership tab on our website at www.kempfhousemuseum.org.)

12/20/2018

KEMPF HOUSE MUSEUM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We're celebrating Christmas with our German Family Open Houses on Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 9...
11/17/2018

We're celebrating Christmas with our German Family Open Houses on Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1 - 4 p.m. with a tree, music, and holiday cookies.

And don't miss out on our Family Christmas Carol Sing, Sunday, Dec. 9 from 4 - 5 p.m. Gather around our historic Steinway piano with song sheets and hand bells provided.

Admission free, donations appreciated.

Open Houses begin September 30 and continue every Sunday through November 11, 1 - 4 p.m.    --- A charming place to visi...
09/17/2018

Open Houses begin September 30 and continue every Sunday through November 11, 1 - 4 p.m. --- A charming place to visit on a beautiful fall day (or even a not-so-beautiful fall day!).

Open Houses at the Kempf House Museum have begun again.   They continue every Sunday 1-4 p.m. through May 20  --- includ...
04/09/2018

Open Houses at the Kempf House Museum have begun again. They continue every Sunday 1-4 p.m. through May 20 --- including Mother's Day, in case you want to treat Mom to a tour on your way downtown!

Enjoy a guided tour as you visit the 1853 Greek Revival home of German-American musicians Reuben and Pauline Kempf. See Victorian period furnishings, including our 1877 Steinway piano, the first concert grand in Ann Arbor. Admission free, donations appreciated.

We are very lucky!   Editor Wayne Shirley, along with Mark Clague and Jessica Getman of the Gershwin Initiative at the U...
02/13/2018
Confronting ‘Porgy and Bess’ | Arts & Culture

We are very lucky! Editor Wayne Shirley, along with Mark Clague and Jessica Getman of the Gershwin Initiative at the University of Michigan, are coming at noon this Wednesday (Valentine's Day!) to discuss the first critical edition of "Porgy and Bess". They will highlight the history behind some of America’s favorite music, including “Summertime,” “I Got Plenty o’ Nothin’,” and “My Man’s Gone Now.” Free; donations accepted.

https://arts.umich.edu/news-features/confronting-porgy-and-bess/

UMS and SMTD present a test performance of the new critical edition of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and address its complex place in American history.

Sunday is pretty much filled, but there's still time to make reservations for Saturday's Victorian Valentine Tea -- Eleg...
01/29/2018

Sunday is pretty much filled, but there's still time to make reservations for Saturday's Victorian Valentine Tea -- Elegant traditional teas with sweet and savory offerings, February 11 at 1:30pm. Period attire is welcome.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling us at 734-994-4898 through February 4. $25 per person.

Let's celebrate!  There will be German Christmas Open Houses with Guided Tours on Saturday, Dec. 2, Sunday, Dec. 3 and S...
11/30/2017

Let's celebrate! There will be German Christmas Open Houses with Guided Tours on Saturday, Dec. 2, Sunday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec 10 from 1-4pm. Our 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 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. Song sheets and hand bells provided. Holiday cookies and juice. Admission free, donations appreciated.

09/10/2017

We are happy to announce that Open Houses at the Kempf House start up again Sept 24. They continue every Sunday 1-4 p.m. through November 12 (except for October 22, when you can join us at 2 p.m. for a presentation by Detroit Paranormal Expeditions).

Enjoy a guided tour as you visit the 1853 Greek Revival home of German-American musicians Reuben and Pauline Kempf. See Victorian period furnishings, including our 1877 Steinway piano, the first concert grand in Ann Arbor. Admission free, donations appreciated.

04/08/2017

Open House with Guided Tours 1-4 p.m. at the Kempf House every Sunday in April (except for Easter Sunday), and May 7, 14, 21.
Visit the 1853 Greek Revival home of German-American musicians Reuben and Pauline Kempf. See Victorian period furnishings, including our 1877 Steinway piano, the first concert grand in Ann Arbor. In the garden that Pauline Kempf started in the 1800s, view the roses and see if our newly planted magnolia is budding. Admission free, donations appreciated.

Join us for an elegant traditional tea, with sweet and savory offerings!  Victorian Valentine Teas will be offered Febru...
01/09/2017

Join us for an elegant traditional tea, with sweet and savory offerings! Victorian Valentine Teas will be offered February 11 and 12 at 1:30 p.m. One seating on Saturday, one on Sunday; period attire is welcome.

This popular fundraiser usually sells out well in advance; reservations are required and can be made by calling the museum at 734-994-4898 through February 5. $25 per person.

05/02/2016

No Open House on Easter Sunday

04/21/2016

The Dexter Heritage Guild will host a day of appraisals with certified appraisers from DuMouchelles Art Gallery. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 7th, 9:30 – 4:00 p.m., at the Dexter Area Museum, 3443 Inverness St., Dexter, located across from St. Andrews Church. Appointments are 15-minutes for 1-3 items with a fee of $7 per item for verbal appraisals.
Please call 734-424-9998 to make an appointment.
All proceeds benefit the operation of the Dexter Museum.
On the day of the event, call the Museum for additional information: 734-426-2519.

Clean out your attic, your garage, your house!  It’s time to sell your unwanted treasures. The Salem Area Historical S...
04/21/2016
Salem Area Historical Society | Preserving the Past for the Future

Clean out your attic, your garage, your house! It’s time to sell your unwanted treasures.

The Salem Area Historical Society (SAHS) Flea Market and Yard Sale will be held Saturday May 21st from 9 AM to 2 PM on the grounds of the Jarvis Stone School. This will be a community wide yard sale featuring flea market and resale items. You can buy a space to sell your items or you can donate items to SAHS with all proceeds from their sale going to SAHS General Fund.

New larger spaces this year! 15’ x 15’ spaces are $15 for non-members and $10 for members. Use the attached application or apply online at the Salem Area Historical Society’s website (www.SAHShistory.org).

Donations of items, to be sold by SAHS at this fund raising event, will be accepted at the Jarvis Stone School on Sat. May 14th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am and Wed. May 18th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

SAHS Home Page The Salem Area Historical Society (SAHS) is a 501(c)(3) organization whose major function is to discover, collect and preserve any material that may help to establish or illustrate the history of the Salem Township area and to use this material to enhance the lives and knowledge of th…

2016 Valentine Teas
03/01/2016

2016 Valentine Teas

03/01/2016

Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County, Michigan
Sunday, March 20, 2016
1:30 P.M.
Free and Open to the Public
Visitors are Welcome
Education Center Auditorium
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Campus
5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan
LECTURE
Bill and Glenna Jo Christen
“Photo Genealogy: Identifying (Dating) Old Photos”
Bill and Glenna Jo will show us how to recognize image types and processes. They will also discuss how the image case can help us with identification. In addition, they will also cover reference sources that will aid with image identification.

CLASS
Bill and Glenna Jo Christen
“Help in Dating Your Old Photos”
Bill and Glenna Jo will help members date their family photos. Members are encouraged to bring in photos that they need help with in determining a time period during which the photo was created. Digital copies on a USB flash drive are best.

OUR SPEAKERS
Bill Christen and his wife, Glenna Jo, live in Warren, Michigan. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. Bill started researching
and collecting men’s clothing (1850–75) over twenty years ago while building a civilian’s wardrobe for living history and reenactment events.
Bill and Glenna Jo have a collection of original garments and period photographs for their own research and make the collections available for others to study. As genealogists, they soon realized their knowledge of photography and fashion history was very helpful in dating old photographs, sometimes making it possible to identify people in old family photos, making “Photo Genealogy” one of the most popular of their presentations and workshops on various 19th century topics.

Contact: Marcia McCrary, President (734) 483-2799, [email protected]
For more information, see the GSWC web site at www.washtenawgenealogy.org
2/28/2016

02/10/2015

There are two tea seatings per day, at 1 and 4. Delicious snacks and hot tea will be plentiful at every serving!

If you're thirsty for some history, come to our Valentine's Day Teas this weekend. http://t.co/1zApB7K0BX RSVP required;...
02/10/2015
Kempf House Museum

If you're thirsty for some history, come to our Valentine's Day Teas this weekend. http://t.co/1zApB7K0BX RSVP required; $25 a head.

Welcome Valentine Teas Step back in time! Bring your Valentine sweetheart or a party of special friends to tea at the Kempf House Museum, the little historic Greek Revival house in downtown Ann Arbor. Elegant Valentine teas will be served with seatings at 1:30 and 4 pm, on both Saturday February 14…

Looking for a Valentine's afternoon of delicate refreshment in an historic setting? Look no further: http://t.co/1zApB7K...
02/04/2015
Kempf House Museum

Looking for a Valentine's afternoon of delicate refreshment in an historic setting? Look no further: http://t.co/1zApB7K0BX RSVP required.

Welcome Valentine Teas Step back in time! Bring your Valentine sweetheart or a party of special friends to tea at the Kempf House Museum, the little historic Greek Revival house in downtown Ann Arbor. Elegant Valentine teas will be served with seatings at 1:30 and 4 pm, on both Saturday February 14…

12/05/2014

This weekend & next we will have traditional German Christmas open houses, complete with refreshments. Fröliche Weinachten!

11/04/2014

Interested in how laws affect land use? Barry Lonik will discuss land preservation in Washtenaw County tomorrow at noon.

10/29/2014

Allmendinger, Buhr, Wagner-- all these are results of the German influence in Ann Arbor in the 19th cent. Learn more at today's noon lecture

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10/07/2014
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thekempfgarden: “ Our lovely old Saucer Magnolia is gone, after seriously declining last season. It was a fine specimen, well over a century old, older than most of its kind in our climate. We are...

09/13/2014

Tomorrow we are hosting a special event only for our members. Stop by between 2-4: see the new shed, have a refreshment, and check us out!

04/30/2014

Our noon lecture today features the Journey of Paulo Juarez Pereira across the world.

04/23/2014

Our noon lecture: Henry Ford's Hybrid: The Ford Motor Company in Michigan's Upper Peninsula presented by Kenneth G. Hafeli

04/09/2014

Our noon lecture today covers a topic close to the Kempfs: Dan Long will discuss Elizabeth A. H. Green, a trailblazing conductor in the AAPS

03/26/2014

Our noon lecture today is "Seeing the Elephants", with Susan Nenadic. we will discuss the roles of women in the Civil War

03/20/2014

Join us for our Noon Lecture next weds. for "Seeing the Elephants" with Susan Nenadic, discussing women's active roles in the Civil War

03/18/2014

Wed-noon lectures will begin tomorrow, with Adventures and Misadventures of a G-Man in Ann Arbor by Greg Stejskal. (admission $2/members $1)

03/12/2014

Our noon lecture for today (The Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments: A U of M Treasure) has been rescheduled for May 7 due to the snow

03/12/2014

Due to inclement weather, our noon lecture for tomorrow has been postponed. Stay tuned for its new date!

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312 S Division St
Ann Arbor, MI
48104

Opening Hours

Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(734) 994-4898

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