Experience a spooky 1890s séance at G.W. Frank Museum

KEARNEY – Come connect with spirits on the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus.

The G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture is hosting two 1890s-style séance re-creations this month, giving community members an opportunity to experience the eerie world of Victorian-era spiritualism.

“Spiritualism and séances grew in popularity during the late 1800s, around the same time the Frank family built their mansion that now houses the Frank Museum on campus. While we’re not sure if the Frank family ever tried to connect with their departed loved ones through séances, mediums or other forms of spiritual communication that were favored at the time, we still want to showcase this unique and important part of U.S. social history and help get the UNK and Kearney communities into the spooky season spirit,” said Frank Museum Director April White.

Led by a medium, the séances are scheduled for 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28. Both events will be in the museum’s first-floor dining room, with complimentary refreshments and a Q&A discussion following the re-creations.

“These re-creations will include many of the same techniques and ‘tricks’ used in the 1890s,” White said. “Afterward, we’ll discuss the various methods that were used, and let the audience decide if what they experienced was real or fake.”

Each “Séances at the Frank Museum” session costs $10 for audience seating or $15 to sit at the table alongside the medium. Payment by cash or check is expected upon arrival. All attendees must be at least 18 years old. Because space is limited, attendees must reserve a spot by emailing frankmuseum@unk.edu.

The Frank Museum is located at 2010 University Drive on the west end of the UNK campus. It is wheelchair-accessible.

For more information, email frankmuseum@unk.edu or call 308-865-8284.