The Frank Mansion: Work and Life in Gilded Age Kearney

In 1890, capitalists George and Phoebe Frank, originally of New York, built a Richardsonian Romanesque mansion just outside of Kearney, Nebraska. They hoped to be part of the up-and-coming boom era brought on by westward expansion following the Civil War. The Frank Family mansion, which is now home to the

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Form & Function: European and American Decorative Arts

Form & Function: European & American Decorative Arts is an exhibit dedicated to showcasing fine decorative arts such as glassworks, ceramics, enamel pieces, and furniture that serve as both functional household object and beautiful, inspiring art. Form & Function specifically showcases the collection of former Kearney residents Philip and Mildred

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The White Plague Comes to Kearney: A History of the Nebraska State Hospital for Tuberculosis

Once the home of George and Phoebe Frank, this grand stone mansion was the original Nebraska Hospital for the Tuberculous. For eight months in 1912, patients lived on the third floor. After completion of the Pavilion, the Stone House became apartments for the hospital’s superintendent, administrators, nurses, and staff. The

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StoryMaps

Welcome to our interactive StoryMaps! The map on this page overlaps a current satellite image of Kearney, Nebraska with an 1890 map of Kearney, Nebraska. Zoom in and out using the + or – in the top left corner of the map, or using the wheel on your mouse. Click

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