Sally Hale
Frank House, 308.865.8284

Garden herbs and the soups they can inspire will be the focus of the first in a series of hour-long Saturday at the Frank House programs this fall.

Lu Kruger of Kearney, a former extension agent, will be presenting the program on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1:30. The historic Frank House mansion is located on the University of Nebraska at Kearney West Campus. Saturday at the Frank House programs are free and open to the public.

The event will include information about growing, harvesting and cooking with herbs. In addition, food samples and a tour of the herb garden will be offered.

“I became involved with the house when I joined Friends of the Frank House after moving to Kearney,” Kruger said. She is also a member of the Soil Sisters and Misters Garden Club and was involved in getting the grant that supports landscaping the gardens around the house.

“My interest in food and nutrition led me to a career in teaching, restaurant ownership and a position as an extension educator in western Nebraska,” Kruger said.

Saturday at the Frank House programs feature a variety of topics designed for all ages, and are provided by volunteers for the benefit of the Frank House. Volunteer presenters include UNK students, faculty and community members who will present topics on music, history, social customs and holiday celebrations.

Saturday at the Frank House programs include:

Oct. 6- “Victorian Game Day.” The whole family can join games of yesteryear led by volunteers.

Oct. 13- Paula Nesiba introduces the social practices, manners and menus of the Edwardian society era.

Oct. 27- Phantoms of the Frank House returns.  Costumed volunteers will read spooky stories as children trick-or-treat in each room.

Nov. 3- Sally Hale presents The Frank Fox Diary, Part 1. Her research to date on a civil war soldier’s diary found in the Frank House archives is the basis of the program.

Nov. 10- Dr. Debra Freedman who, conducts the Kearney Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra, fill the house with music.

Nov. 17- Volunteers are invited to help Deck the Halls at the Frank House, in preparation for the holiday season.

Dec. 1- Dr. Seth Fletcher, music and performing arts senior lecturer, directs the Loper Low Brass in tunes of the season.

Dec. 8- Flutes at the Frank House will perform under the direction of Franziska Nabb, music lecturer.

Dec. 15- Paula Nesiba and Cat Allen will lead the last holiday tour of season.

Regular walk-in-hours at the Frank House are Monday through Friday, 2-5 p.m., and Saturday, 12-5 p.m. The Frank House is closed during UNK breaks and holidays. Donations are always accepted.

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