Brown Bag History Series

Bring your lunch and learn! These seasonally recurring events bring highly-qualified speakers to the library to share varied topics of cultural, historical, or scientific interest. These free programs are a partnership of the University of Nebraska at Kearney's History Department and the Kearney Public Library. #HistoryRemembered

Brown Bag Lunch Option 1

April White (Frank Museum)

  • Wednesday, January 5, 2022
  • Noon–1:00 pm
  • Kearney Public Library

Intentional Excess: the Frank Mansion’s Deliberate Design as a Path to Prosperity

Built in 1889, the Gilded Age mansion that currently houses the G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture is an extraordinary tribute to strategic architectural design. Opulent details throughout the house did not just reflect the Frank family’s wealth and success. Design details were deliberately chosen and literally helped the Franks build a business empire. Frank Museum Director April White will discuss how deliberate design choices cleverly added to the Frank’s success in the Kearney area. 

April White has a Master of Arts in American History, a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, and has worked extensively at museums in the Kearney area. April currently serves as Director of the G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, and adjuncts part-time in the UNK History Department.

Upcoming Dates and Speakers

  • February 2, 2022: Dr. Carol Lilly (UNK)
    "Death and Cemeteries"
  • March 2, 2022: Vickie Schaepler (Japanese Hall Museum)
    "Japanese-Americans in Nebraska"
  • April 6, 2022: Dr. Catherine Biba (Hastings College)
    "Atomic Spinsters"
  • May 4, 2022: Dr. Will Stoutamire (UNK)