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Mission Statement

Kemper Center, listed in the national Register of Historic Places, is a nonprofit organization within a Kenosha county park, on the shores of Lake Michigan, in Kenosha, WI. The primary mission of Kemper Center is to preserve the historic nature of the site and buildings; the programs of Kemper Center promote understanding of local history and provide an historic setting for cultural, recreational and educational activities.


Kemper Center is part of a 17.5 acre County Park on the shores of Lake Michigan in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The sprawling 250,000 square feet of buildings include the Durkee Mansion, the Anderson Arts Center, and Kid's Space. Rental facilities include the Kemper Hall Conference Center, Ambrose Hall, Simmons Auditorium and the Chapel. Kemper's first building, the Durkee Mansion, was erected by Senator Charles Durkee in 1861. It became Kemper Hall, a private Episcopal girl's school, in 1871. Over its history, varius additions were made to the facility, and most of the buildings were joined together. In 1975, Kemper Hall school closed. The Kemper Hall property became a County Park and a Historical Landmark in 1977.

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