Kearney Canal Powerhouse Focus of Frank House Presentation Saturday, Oct. 24

KrisAnn Sullivan
Frank House director, 308.865.8284 OR

“The Frank Connection,” a presentation and discussion about the Frank family’s connection to the historical Kearney Canal powerhouse and trolleys, is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Frank House.

“The Franks were major stockholders in the canal, powerhouse and trolley companies during the time the mansion was designed, built and occupied by them,” said KrisAnn Sullivan, Frank House director. “This was Kearney’s first boom period, and the Frank connection was ‘electric’ in every sense of the word.”

The presentation and discussion will be led jointly by Sullivan and community historian Mardi Anderson. Newspaper articles, photos and history from the Spillway Memorial will be used in the discussion. The presentation, one in a series of Saturday afternoon offerings at the historic mansion, is free and open to the public. The Frank House is located on the University of Nebraska at Kearney West Campus.

Frank House Saturday afternoon events planned for the fall include:

Oct. 31– “Phantoms at the Frank House.” The Victorian-style Halloween gathering will feature spooky stories, fun activities and tasty treats. “Everyone is encouraged to come in costume, and all ages are welcome,” Sullivan said. The event will be presented by UNK Service Learners.

Nov. 7– “The Panic of the 1890s: Frank Lessons for Today.” A panel of scholars led by Mary Rittenhouse will compare and contrast the current national and global economic environment with that of the 1890s to see what lessons can be borrowed from the past. Discussion topics will include the Franks, Kearney in the 1890s, and the social, political, financial and economic patterns and issues then and now. This event is part of Smart Money Week.

Nov. 14– “Holiday Card Making for 21st Century Victorians.” Participants will learn about Victorian card traditions, and will create  holiday cards for friends and family! Connie Wine is the workshop leader. Seating is limited to first 15 to register by Nov. 12. Call 308.865.8284 or e-mail

Nov. 21– “Parlor Performance: Two in Tune.” UNK students Kassie Sabah of Kearney, soprano, and Blake Thompson ofDalton, baritone, will perform a recital of duets and solos in styles ranging from classical to contemporary.

Dec. 12– “Merry Christmas from the Tubas!” The sounds of tubas will celebrate the season. This Christmas parlor performance is the gift of UNK music lecturer Dr. Seth Fletcher and his friends with tubas.