My grandfather died one year before I was born. He was bigger than life. My grandmother, Frances Hanna, told me all the stories. Francis Willard Hanna was born on September 16, 1867 near Geneseo, Illinois. He as the son of James Steele Hanna and Harriet Rouse Hanna. He grew up on the trail to Nebraska. […]
About Frank Hanna
Frank Hanna is a native Iowan. He grew up listening to his grandparents talk about family lore. Frank received a degree in history and political science at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. He was called to Vietnam Nam and was in the 82nd Airborne. He received a master’s degree in urban planning on the G. I. Bill. Frank came out of the service unscathed, and so now tries to give back by teaching history to children at the Iowa History museum and by joining the 49th Iowa Volunteers. With this group, he participated in over 300 events per year honoring veterans.
He loves to talk about the early Hanna’s and their contributions to shaping the nation. Their journey westward has prompted Frank to visit some of the Hanna sites. He was thrilled to visit Scotland and he was welcomed and boarded with Hanna Clan family and march with them for the Gathering of the Clans in 2013. He enjoyed seeing the clan again in 2017 in New York City for the Tartan parade.
Frank was named Volunteer of the Year for the Iowa historical Department of Cultural Affairs in 2016. The Iowa Legislature passed a bill to honor the 49th volunteers for their veteran activities.
Frank currently lives in Des Moines surrounded by family and friends. He is a docent for the state of Iowa Historical Museum and an interpreter for Living History Farms.
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John Hanna Pioneer and Patriot 1752 to 1832 John Hanna was born in Derry County, Ireland in 1752 A.D. He was the son of Thomas Hanna born in 1720 in Lesararh Loch Ulster, Ireland. John Hanna came to Boston in 1776 with two indentured servants when he was 18 years old. His background was […]
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