Frank Talks Series This Saturday(March 7) Covers Presentations Regarding the Design and Construction of the m

KrisAnn Sullivan
Frank House director, 308.865.8284 OR

UNK- The design and construction of the Frank House museum as well as its history as part of the Nebraska State Hospital for the Tuberculous are the featured topics in Frank Talk series presentations Saturday, March 7.

The presentations will take place from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Student workers Alfredo Lara of Scottsbluff and Stephanie Bonner of Battle Creek will each give 15-minute PowerPoint presentations. The event is free and open to the public, although donations are accepted.

Lara, a UNK freshman majoring in construction management and the first in his family to attend a university, will talk about the design and construction of the Frank House and other houses in the 1880s.

“I love learning how the house was built,” Lara said.

Stephanie Bonner, a UNK senior majoring in biology, will discuss the period of time when the Frank House was a staff residence for medical staff at the Nebraska State Hospital for the Tuberculous.

“Along with being a biology major, I also enjoy history,” Bonner said. “I am very interested in patterns of disease and how certain diseases have had an impact on our local history.” Before accepting a position at the Frank House, Bonner had not toured the museum.

“I had always seen the house on campus and found it intriguing,” she said. “Curiosity and a love of history really made me decide to take the work-study position at the house.”

In addition to creating presentations for the Frank Talks series, both Lara and Bonner are in charge of visitor services and house security during museum hours.

“They both help orientate UNK service learners, give tours and pitch in wherever they’re needed,” said KrisAnn Sullivan, director of the Frank House museum. Both students have worked for the Frank House museum since the fall 2008 semester.