Antique and Preservation Road Show Celebration Saturday, May 2, at the Frank House

KrisAnn Sullivan
Frank House director, 308.865.8284 OR

UNK- Mystery, history, treasure hunt and fun is how the Antique & Preservation Road Show & Celebration this Saturday at the Frank House is being described.

“Participants can bring an antique treasure, tell its story, and seek fortune or advice,” said Frank House Director KrisAnn Sullivan.
This is the second year for the event at the Frank House, which is located on the University of Nebraska at Kearney West Campus.

The event begins at noon with a box luncheon and discussions with Dr. Jason Combs, a certified appraiser and an assistant professor of geography at UNK. At 1 p.m., Dr. Combs will give a presentation on “The Geography of American Antiques,” and beginning at 1:30 p.m. the road show portion of the event will take place. During the road show, Dr. Combs will discuss and appraise the antiques of those participants whose names are drawn.

Cost for the event is $10 for general registration. For those who want a box lunch, a box lunch will be provided for $8. Advance registration is required, and all proceeds will go to the Frank House.

“Advance registration is required, because seating is limited,” Sullivan said. A box lunch must also be requested in advance at the time of registration. To register, call Sullivan at: 308.865.8284.

Dr. Combs, who owns Burr Oak Antiques and Appraisals, has published three articles about antiques/material diffusion in “Material Culture.” The articles are titled “The Antiques Trade: The Diffusion of America’s Cultural Patrimony,” “The Internet’s Impact on the Antiques Trade” and “Trading America’s Past on eBay: The Case Study of Northwood Carnival Glass and Roseville Pottery.”

Those who would like a tour of the Frank House can arrive at the mansion at 11 a.m. The event will conclude by 3 p.m. to allow participants to take part in the Nebraska Wine & Jazz Festival, which is taking place Saturday in downtown Kearney.

The Antique & Preservation Road Show & Celebration is in its second year. The event is scheduled during May in conjunction with National Preservation Month. The theme of Preservation Month is “This Place Matters.”

“The theme is perfect for the Frank House, because we feel that ‘This Place Matters,'” Sullivan said.

According to a Heritage Nebraska publication: “Preservation Month is designed to raise awareness about the power historic preservation has to protect and enhance our homes, neighborhoods and communities–the places that matter. It also provides an opportunity to celebrate Nebraska’s diverse and unique heritage.”