Welcome to Kemper Center

We are a private, nonprofit organization focusing on preserving the historic nature of the site and offering programs that promote the arts, arts education and local history.

We are home to the Anderson Arts Center, the area’s premier venue for exhibitions, workshops, performances, and family oriented events. 

We are also home to the historic Durkee Mansion, home of U.S. Senetor Charles Durkee, and Kemper Hall, alma mater to alumnae across the country. We are listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. 

Kemper Center is located on 17.5 acres of beautiful park land along the Lake Michigan shoreline with an athletic field, walking and biking path, and a beautiful arboretum. 

Kemper Center is a beautiful place to plan an event or work! Rent our venue for weddings, receptions, business meetings, and other important occasions. Offices and suites also available for lease to the public. 




September 29th

This is a celebration of the Fall Harvest! Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday, September 29th.  The event is back at Kemper Center!  Mark your calendar and join us for traditional German food, entertainment provided by a 20 piece show band, and of course, beer! Hundreds come from near and far each year to enjoy “The Best Party in Kenosha!”



 2018 Dancing Season

Introduction to Ballroom Dancing Classes

August 14-Sept. 11; Sept. 25-Oct.23 at Kemper’s Simmons Auditorium

Strictly Latin Dancing Classes

August 16-Sept. 13; Sept. 27-Oct. 25 at Ambrose Hall

Call for Advanced Registration 262-653-0481

$55 per couple




Free Concert Series

June 26 • July 17, 24, and 31 • August 28

Grounds open at 6:00 p.m.

free outdoor concert series sponsored by area businesses, which take place on the Anderson Arts Center South Lawn. Held on Tuesday evenings during the summer, hundreds come to picnic and enjoy great jazz.  Food vendors offer their culinary delights to the crowd and a full bar is open for the concert-goers’ convenience.  A 50/50 Raffle to support the Anderson Arts Center is held during each concert and the Arts Center Gift Shop is open, offering special discounts.




The Art of the Car – Car Show

Saturday, August 25th

Art of the Car – Car Show is a concourse judged show with 19 classes held at Anderson Arts Center.  This year’s event was held on Saturday, August 25th.  All profits went to children’s programming at the Anderson Arts Center. 



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Durkee Mansion open April – October

1st and 3rd Weekends

1:30 – 4 p.m.

Tours available by appointment, 262-925-8040