The Kempf Family: Germans from Russia Weavers on the Dakota Prairies

October 4, 1998, Minot State University Gallery, Minot, North Dakota


Exhibit tile with Kempf Family boss crest; display of ethnic Bessarabian costumed dolls made by Elvera Reuer, native of Arzis, Bessarabia, living in Mesa, Arizona. Edna Gage Jensen models in dance pose, draped in her great-grandmother Gottliebina Stolz Kempf's hand-woven woolen kanapee (gestrifte plachte), circa 1883, Alt/Elft village, (with decorative fillet chrocheted lace, completed near Kulm, North Dakota, at Jewell, circa 1910-1920); plus Gottliebina's tschechka kopftuck with pailsey-rose border; and eldest daughter Maria Kempf's linen box-pleat skirt with four satin silk appliqued border-stripes near hem line, traditional Bessarabian style, circa 1900, Beresina village.
Jay Gage, curator of Kempf Family exhibit, presenting textile history during the Minot State University Art Gallery opening, October 4, 1998. The exhibit was hosted by Professor Linda Olson, Director of the Northwest Art Center, MSU, Minot, ND. Table-top display exhibited, "Family Reunions: In Touch with Prairie Living".

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