KrisAnn Sullivan
Frank House director, 308.865.8284 OR sullivankw@unk.edu

“Kearney State College: The Early Years” will be the topic of the Saturday at the Frank House presentation
on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Jim Rundstrom, former UNK Alumni Association director, will give the presentation beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Frank House, which is located on the University of Nebraska at Kearney West Campus.

Rundstrom, who also directed the Kearney State College journalism program, will share his insights on the history of the campus since its beginnings in the early 1900s.

Rundstrom said, “The selection of Kearney as the site for a Normal School in 1903 was interesting, and the first year with students in 1905 was not without its challenges.”

Rundstrom has been involved with the campus since 1959, when he was one of the first journalism majors. Over the years, Rundstrom has learned details about the history of the campus and has often shared this information with alumni groups around celebration times such as the 75thanniversary in 1980 and the Centennial in 2005.

“I did a similar program at the Frank House two years ago,” Rundstrom said. “These programs are fun, because they are small and intimate. People can ask questions and share their knowledge.”

Rundstrom said that he will talk some about the early history, and also add a few other historical bits about the name changes through the years from Kearney State Teachers College in 1921, Kearney State College in 1963 and then the University of Nebraska Kearney in 1991.

While “Kearney State College: The Early Years” is free and open to the public, KrisAnn Sullivan, Frank House director, said: “Donations helped refurbish the master bed chamber area and will be put to good use as we begin the other planned improvement projects in the Frank House. Saturday at the Frank House educational program volunteers help make the public aware of the needs of the house and the public responds. Donations are always appreciated in support of the Frank House.”

Upcoming Saturdays at the Frank House include: Nov. 12, “Motif Worship”; Nov. 19, “Flutes at the Frank House”; Dec. 3, “The Studio 237 Barbershop Quartet”; and Dec. 10, “Loper Low Brass.” For more information, visit: www.frankhouse.org