Remember the Past...Celebrate the Present
Imagine the Future
Har-Ber Village Museum will open for its 45th season on Friday, March 15. This pioneer-era village, complete with Visitor Center and gift shop called The Country Store, is located on the shores of Grand Lake. During self-guided tours, visitors experience the area’s history and ecology as well as view collections of antiques and memorabilia.
The Village has several historic buildings that were relocated to the grounds, including a schoolhouse, jail and over 20 log cabins. Other structures were built to house collections and are typical of the time--a courthouse, a bank, a stagecoach inn, and a church built with bricks that were hand-made before the Civil War. Other replicated buildings include a mercantile, hanging gallows, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, print shop, post office, drug store, and more.
The exhibits at Har-Ber Village Museum feature a mix of authentic antiques, collectables and reproductions to provide visitors with a sense of times of the mid-1800s to the early 1900s in the local four-state region. New hands-on exhibits, frequent craft demonstrations, and monthly programs and events are featured as well as an Ecology Center and scenic Nature Trail.
This year, Har-Ber Village Museum is undergoing several changes. Many of the exhibit locations have been rearranged to introduce a more visitor-friendly flow. “We are working hard to showcase the museum’s collection in a way that will help the visitors gain a better grasp of life at the turn-of-the-century,” said Amelia Chamberlain, executive director. “Most collections that have a relationship will be housed near each other so you can see differences, how things may have changed through the years. We also want the path through the exhibits to take a more natural flow through the Village.”
Hands-on exhibits were introduced last season in the Kids’ Cabin, School, Jail and Stagecoach Inn. This year, visitors can also see blacksmith demonstrations during special summer or fall event weekends, thanks to local blacksmiths and businesses that donated time and materials to reconstruct the forge.
The success of the museum’s gift shop, The Country Store, combined with the success of Har-Ber Village’s quilting and weaving classes will come together in two new retail shops. The Weaver at Har-Ber Village will open in March and will feature weaving supplies, looms, yarns and handmade items. The Quilter at Har-Ber Village, which will sell handmade quilts and quilting supplies, will open in the fall.
September will also bring the drawing for Har-Ber Village’s 2003 Thunderbird convertible raffle. Tickets will be sold for $25 or $100 for five tickets through The Country Store, through Har-Ber Village volunteers or on its website.
A programs committee is planning a special event each month during the season, including the popular holiday events: the Independence Day Celebration, Historical Haunted Halloween and Christmas on Main Street.
“There will be so many new things to see and do at Har-Ber Village this year,” Chamberlain said. “I would encourage anyone who is interested in visiting the Village to tour or to attend our many events to invest in a membership. We have several levels starting at just $25, which ensures free admission or reduced rates for special event fees. It’s an exciting time to come see what’s new in the past.”
Har-Ber Village Museum is open daily
March 15 through November 15
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday 12:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Gates close one hour before closing
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You may want to save a little time to enjoy lunch at:
BACK PORCH CAFE
Linda Ward, owner
Restaurant phone 918.787.4233 or 918.964.0703
(please contact Har-Ber Village for info regarding the museum)