Sarah Jones
Educational Program coordinator, 308.865.8284

Antique appraisals will again be part of the fourth annual Preservation Celebration at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Frank House on Sunday, May 15.

The antique appraisal portion of the events that day will take place from 3-5 p.m. at the Frank House. Dr. Jason Combs, UNK associate professor of geography and a certified antique appraiser, will be conducting the appraisals.

“We are doing our own version of the ‘Antiques Roadshow,’” said Sarah Jones, UNK Frank House director. “Registered participants will have the opportunity to have their treasured objects analyzed by an expert.”

There will be a $10 donation per item to register for the appraisal, and participants can register their items in person at the Frank House or by contacting Jones at 308.865.8284. A photo of the antique object will need to be provided at the time of registration. The registration deadline is Saturday, April 30, at 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Combs, owner of 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.”

The Preservation Celebration events will begin at 11 a.m. with a director’s tour of the house. At noon, according to Jones, guests are invited to enjoy a picnic lunch on the Frank House grounds that day. Cold drinks and dessert will be provided from Noon to 1 p.m.

At 1:30 p.m. there will be an educational lecture by Dr. Michael Yonan, associate professor of art history at the University of Missouri. Dr. Yonan will present an overview of the role of porcelain in 18th century European society.

The Frank House Preservation Celebration is scheduled during May in conjunction with National Preservation Month. The theme for the national month-long celebration is “Celebrating America’s Treasures.”