Har-Ber Village Museum celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year and will do so by looking at the 5 decades of Har-Ber Village history from the 1960s through the 2000s.

Each month, May through September, will highlight a different decade of its 50 years, and one day during each of these five months is set aside for special entertainments.

Monthly changing displays will be available in the Visitor Center, and the staff at Har-Ber Village are asking for our community’s help!

You probably have treasures from one of more of these decades in your closet, attic or storage unit.

We’re looking for dishes, clothing, toys, games, memorabilia—anything that will evoke memories of the decades gone by.

Perhaps you were at a music concert, a presidential inauguration, or some other event for which you have pictures, tickets or some other memento.

We’d like to put the items on display in our very secure cases for others to enjoy.

If you’d be willing to loan any items for at least a month, please call 918-786-3488 to make an appointment so we can hear the story of your item and its place in history.

We truly need your help so start thinking about what items you might have—big or small—that might be a good fit!

One five special days in 2018, museum visitors will relive each of five decades through music, documentaries, displays of memorabilia, cars, toys, games and more from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A theme-based dinner and dance will take place between 5 and 8:30 p.m. followed by a 9 p.m. showing of a movie selected by members and friends of the museum who were surveyed for their favorites.

The dates and themes are as follows:

May 16, Bay of Pigs, Beatle Mania & Barbie Doll: Remembering the 1960s; movie: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Who was your favorite band, the Beatles or the Rolling Stones?

June 16, Bell Bottoms, Bicentennial & Bee Gees: Remembering the 1970s; movie: Grease (celebrating its 40th anniversary this day)! What did your family do to celebrate the Bicentennial?

July 21, Cabbage Patch, Chewbacca & Challenger: Remembering the 1980s; movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark. Where were you when you heard about the Challenger?

August 18,  Pokémon, Pogs & Piercings: Remembering the 1990s; movie: Forest Gump. My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

September 15, Y2K, MP3 & 9/11: Remembering the 2000s; movie: Remember the Titans. Do you remember all the fuss about the year 2000?

People are encouraged to become Har-Ber Village members this year—both to show their support of Har-Ber Village in its 50th year—but also so that as members, they can attend all the year’s special events with no admission charge.

Memberships start at $25; however, a $100 Friend level membership has additional very worthwhile benefits.

Grove Rotary Club is sponsoring some of the movies that will be shown.

Other businesses, organizations and individuals will be invited to help sponsor events and the various activities that will take place during the events.

Little did Harvey and Bernice Jones know when they built a little chapel down by the lakeside near their summer home in Grove, that it would lead to the founding of Har-Ber Village Museum, which has grown into one of Grand Lake’s most popular attractions.

The couple had no plans to start a museum, just a desire to save the objects of history and share them with people at this scenic location.

Harvey Jones owned Jones Truck Lines in Springdale, Arkansas, and the couple were well-known philanthropists.

Jones Truck Lines would celebrate its 100th anniversary this year!

Fifty years later, Har-Ber Village has evolved into a collection of log cabins and other structures housing hundreds of thousands of Americana.

The museum is located on 50 acres of wooded grounds that features a 2-mile long partially ADA Nature Trail with views of the lake, a picnic pavilion, a café, a gift shop, and of course, over 100 buildings exhibiting just about anything you could think of.

Military, art, natural history and Native American displays each have their own buildings.

You’ll find the typical pioneer workplaces and occupations: blacksmithing, saloon, doctor and dentist office, post office, pharmacy, soda fountain, barber shop, schoolhouse, and hat and dress shops.

You’ll also find a beauty parlor, photography studio, laundry, still, courthouse, and a jail.

The Museum is half pioneer village and half displays of a wide variety of collections.

Recent renovations have led to reorganizing exhibits and providing informational panels as well as adding hands-on interactive stations for families with kids.

A “backpack” program provides materials for families to use as they tour the museum to gain a better understanding of exhibit contents.

Each season, familiar special events draw crowds anxious to experience life during the mid- to late-1800s.

The popular Civil War, Pioneer Day and Cherokee Heritage events will return in 2018, but museum-goers will be treated to something a bit different this year!

The museum reopens for 2018 on Saturday, March 17.

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