Join us February 8th for a reception at the G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture to officially unveil our new permanent exhibit: “Essential Yet Unseen: Servant Life in the 1890s.” This unique exhibit offers visitors a chance to step back in time into a recreated 1890s servant’s quarters. The exhibit will provide an intimate glimpse into the private, everyday lives of these essential, yet traditionally “unseen,” people that worked and lived at the Frank family home. Come see and imagine what life was like for a major part of Kearney’s late nineteenth century population!
In this presentation, veteran living history performer Caryl Harvey assumes the role of Sarah Oliver Whitney and recounts the hardships, sacrifices, and the ultimate rewards of her family’s journey from Decatur, Illinois, to Oregon on the Oregon Trail. Sometimes dramatic, sometimes light-hearted, this presentation brings the Oregon Trail adventure to life.
Following the performance, join us for root beer floats served from our vintage soda fountain. Admission to the performance is free. Donations for root beer floats are welcome.
9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. – “Rock Around the Clock” Breakout Sessions, plus a chance to share your own 1950s memories, Kearney Public Library (Schedule and descriptions available online at NebraskaChautauqua.org)
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Food Trucks, Kearney Public Library parking lot
4:00-6:00 p.m. – Show & Shine 1950s Car Display, and Children’s Activities by Kearney Area Children’s Museum, Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) parking lot
4:00-6:30 p.m. – Food Trucks, MONA parking lot
6:30 p.m. – Rosa Parks, as portrayed by Becky Stone, World Theater
7:30 p.m. – Thurgood Marshall, as portrayed by Dr. Lenneal Henderson, World Theater
8:30 p.m. – Q&A with Scholars, followed by closing remarks, World Theater
5:00-7:00 p.m. – Food Trucks, Merryman Performing Arts Center parking lot
5:45 p.m. – “A Century of Fashion: The 1950s” with Sue McLain, Merryman Performing Arts Center
7:00 p.m. – Keynote: “Liking Ike: How Dwight Eisenhower Defined the 1950s,” by William I. Hitchcock, Merryman Performing Arts Center