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Travel back in time with the Frank House this holiday season
Jessica Huebert
Antelope Staff
Photo by Jessica Huebert
One of the seven Christmas trees decorating the Frank House sits atop the second landing of the grand staircase in front of the majestic Tiffany window. Holiday Walk for the Frank House will be open from 1-7 p.m. with guided tours at 1:30 and 6 p.m.
Photo by Jessica Huebert
Photos of George and Phoebe Frank hang above the grand piano they owned in the 1890s. The strange shape of the piano allowed for easy transportation by rail or wagon.

Get in the holiday spirit by taking a trip back to the late 1800s during this year’s Holiday Walk for the Frank House. Come enjoy the 1889 home, decorated in its holiday finest, along with holiday music and hot cider during this annual benefit for the historic home located on the southwest corner of the UNK campus.                                                                                                                                        

“The volunteer group, Friends of the Frank House, have put much time into making the house beautiful for the holidays,” said KrisAnn Sullivan, the director of the Frank House. “Kearney Floral and the Country Crossroads Quilt Guild have also donated much of the décor. We are still in the process of rehabilitating the home and making it true to its original 1890s look. Quite a bit of headway has been made over the last year, and we want to share it with the community.”                                                                                                                                     

The Frank House was completed in 1889 and was one of the first houses west of the Missouri River to be wired during the construction for electricity. It was home to George W. Frank, his wife Phoebe and their children. The family has a very rich and interesting history. George’s father was a doctor, abolitionist, conductor on the Underground Railroad and a pioneer for what is now the Republican Party. Phoebe was a direct descendant of William Penn, and when the family arrived here in Kearney they were very involved with the early electric development of the city.                                                                                                                                          

The house has numerous pieces that actually belonged to the Franks when they lived there over 100 years ago. The home was considered a mansion in its day, and is still as stunning as ever with its grand staircase, chandeliers and Victorian architecture.                                                                                                                              

The house will be open 1 to 7 p.m. from Tuesday, Dec. 15 through Saturday, Dec. 19, with guided tours at 1:30 and 6 p.m. each day.                                                                                               

“We’ve been having the holiday walk since the 1970s,” Sullivan said. “It’s a festive celebration that allows us to share the history and beauty of the house with the community.”
The Frank House’s regular hours are 2 to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. It is also available for group tours, receptions and other events by reservation.

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