Miners Hall Museum celebrates Frontenac

Media release from Miners Hall Museum

FRANKLIN, Kan. – Miners Hall Museum has announced its 2019 First Quarter Exhibit, “Little Balkans Coal Camps – Celebrate Frontenac”. Opening January 2nd and continuing through March 30, 2019, the exhibit is hosted by Frontenac Homecoming, Inc., and highlights the mining history of Frontenac.

In conjunction with this special quarterly exhibit that features artifacts donated by area families, each month there will also be a free special presentation.

On Sunday, January 20 at 2 p.m., Seth Nutt of Frontenac Heritage Hall will present “Frontenac, A Town of Immigrants”. The coal town of Frontenac sprung to life in 1886 with the hard work of immigrants who came to America from all over Europe in search of a better life.  Many became miners, railroaders, and local business owners.  As the town continued to grow, churches, fraternal organizations, and the educational system began to take shape.  Come witness the photographic history and stories of Frontenac come to life. Doors open at 1:45 p.m.

On Sunday February 17 at 2 p.m., Debbie Restivo will present “Americanization through Education”. As immigrants poured into Frontenac, bringing the customs and traditions from their native lands, schools were a way to bring citizens together as Americans.  Children gathered together each day to learn and celebrate their success, while adults gathered to prepare for naturalization.  Although citizens came from around the world, and had many differences, the school united the town and still does so today. So much so, the towns citizens still celebrate the ethnic heritage of Frontenac each year with Festa Italiana. Doors open at 1:45 p.m.

And, on March 10 at 2 p.m., Seth Nutt of Frontenac Heritage Hall will present “The Taste of Frontenac”. The aroma of Italian sausage cooking mixed with hints of simmering garlic and tomato sauce awaiting their partnering with the rigid rigatoni as you walk into the infamous Palluccas. The smell of fresh baked bread just out of the Vacca Bakery oven. These are the smells that every Frontenac native has grown up with. Palluccas Grocery and Butcher Shop founded in 1909, and the Vacca Bakery in 1900, are two Frontenac staples that are still in operation today. Come learn more about these two Frontenac businesses and maybe you will just get a taste of your own. Doors open at 1:45 p.m.

If you have artifacts, photos, or stories relating to this exhibit and would like to donate or loan them for this exhibit or future display at the museum, please contact the museum to share this wonderful history.

The museum is located at 701 South Broadway in Franklin, and is open for viewing Monday through Saturday 10:00 am through 4:00 pm. Admission to the museum and programs are free. Donations are accepted and appreciated. Call the museum at (620) 347-4220 to set up tours for large groups or for other information.

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