Holiday Card-Making the Focus of UNK Frank House Program on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Sarah Jones
Educational Program coordinator, 308.865.8284

UNK–  Creating Victorian-style hand-made greeting cards will be the focus of the Saturdays at the Frank House program on Saturday, Oct. 23.

The program, titled Holiday Card-Making for 21st Century Victorians, will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Frank House, which is located on the University of Nebraska at Kearney West Campus. Connie Wine of Kearney, who conducts the workshop, will show guests techniques for making holiday greeting cards. Supplies will be provided for each participant to make two greeting cards.

The event is free and open to the public; however, participants are asked to pre-register, because attendance is limited. Participants can pre-register by calling the Frank House, 308.865.8284.

“The card workshops are always a favorite with Frank House fans,” said Sarah Jones, UNK Frank House director. “Last year, the holiday card workshop was added to the annual Valentine’s Day event, and now we offer it every semester.”

According to Jones’ research on Wikipedia, the custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of good will to celebrate the New Year, and to the early Egyptians, who conveyed their greetings on papyrus scrolls.

“Commercial cards were first available in America around 1875,” Jones said. “As proper upper-class Victorians, the Franks would have sent out greeting cards.”

Holiday Card-Making for 21st Century Victorians is one in a series of “Saturdays at the Frank House” presentations. Donations to the Frank House are always accepted. For more information on “Saturdays at the Frank House” events