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Posted on Thu, Dec 1, 2011 : 6:17 p.m.

Huron High German class helps decorate Kempf House Museum

By Joseph Tobianski

German class students from Huron High School gathered with their teacher Andrew Smith Thursday to help decorate the Kempf House Museum.

Smith has been bringing his German class students to the museum for the past 12 years, making it a tradition.

Students, along with Smith and directors of the Kempf House Museum, decorated German cookies, made German Christmas stars and dressed a Christmas tree.



Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 3:58 p.m.

It is totally delightful to see German-Club students involved like that. This makes the season that much more special. I am looking forward to seeing the Kempf House Museum this season. Being a German-language teacher myself, I just love it.

Elaine F. Owsley

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 12:51 p.m.

You really have to see Kempf House in its Christmas decor - just as it would have been when the original owners prepared for Christmas in their German tradition. Mr. and Mrs. Kempf's music students would be playing the beautiful piano - one of the firs grand pianos in the area - and you could savor the smell of German Christmas cookies baking in the kitchen.... Das es goot!!!


Sun, Dec 18, 2011 : 1:08 a.m.

Das ist gut .../auch sehr gut zum essen/naschen.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 3:18 a.m.

Great cross-lingual / cross-cultural activity. My thoughts and admiration go with these students. German II, which I took in the school year 1962 - has great significance for me in another way. It was in that classroom where I heard a female student's voice behind me and turned around to see: the most beautiful female face I'd ever seen (and arguably, would ever see). The actress Natalie Wood has just appeared in West Side Story the year before - so it's forgivable that I went into shock because, sitting three seats back, was her twin sister (I thought). Yeah, it took over a decade but I married that "girl." She still says I learned more German than she did but she has two more college degrees than I do. I'm still thinking of going back (using Rosetta Stone) to refresh and complete my acquaintance with that beautiful language.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 11:13 a.m.

Thanks for sharing your story Tru.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 3:47 a.m.

Awesome story about meeting your wife!

Linda Peck

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 1:39 a.m.

I like seeing these pictures and the interior of the Kempf House! Thanks so much for making this happen students and teachers!

Elaine F. Owsley

Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 12:53 p.m.

Don't just rely on the pictures - go see it for yourself!!


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 1:12 a.m.

The decoration tied to the light is a... ADVENTSKRANZ with 4 candle germany each candle will be lite on the first sunday called Advent , the second ,the third anf the last candle on the fourst sunday ....Advent ,advent ein lichtlein brennt, erst eins, dann zwei, dann drei, dann fuer dann steht das christkind fuer der tuer.. your german lesson for today.


Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 3:46 a.m.

Advent ,Advent ein Lichtlein brennt. Erst eins, dann zwei, dann drei, dann vier - dann steht das Christkind vor der Tür. Fixed it for you, but very impressive that you know that!