Rueben Kempf organized the Lyra Male Choir to bring town and gown together through the universal language of music. Elsa Kempf served as the group's mascot.
Read more in The Remarkable History of the Kempf House by Grace Shackman, The Music Makers, and Liberty and Division: Residential life in mid-19th-century Ann Arbor.
Image courtesy of Bentley Historical Library.
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