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. 



For any updates or cancellations, please check here or on our Facebook page:


First event of the season held at Old Settler’s Park in Paddock Lake:

July 11th: Bill’s Little Big Band

The following concerts are held at Anderson Arts Center:

July 18th:John Crawford Jazz Band

July 26th: KUSD Jazz All-Stars

August 1th: Jazz Spectrum

August 29th: Russ Johnson/UW Parkside Student Jazz Combo and Jack Plovanich 

These concerts, sponsored by local businesses are held on several Tuesday evenings over the season.  Bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket, or leave the cooking to our marvelous food vendors.  Beverages may be purchased at our as well.  The concert grounds open at 6:00 PM, and the performances are from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.

 2017 Dancing Season

Introduction to Ballroom Dancing Classes

$55 per couple

Tuesdays in Kemper’s Simmons Auditorium from 7 to 8 pm

Call for Advanced Registration 262-653-0481

The Third Annual Art of the Car – Car Show 

Saturday August 26th from 9am-3pm.  

Please find up to date information on our Facebook event page. 






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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