Staff members at Har-Ber Village Museum continue to look for items from the 1960s to 2000s to help celebrate the facility's 50th Anniversary this year.
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 the community’s help.
Community members are asked to search through their closets, attics, storage units or cabinets to find hidden treasures from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s or the 2000s.
Staff members are looking for for dishes, clothing, toys, games, memorabilia—anything that will evoke memories of the decades gone by. The items will be placed for viewing in the museum's display cases.
Persons interested (and willing) to loan an item out for at least a month, may call 918-786-3488 to make an appointment so volunteers can hear the story of the item and its place in history.
On 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.
A grant from the Grove Rotary Club is helping sponsor 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.
Har-Ber Village Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $10 (ages 14 to 62), $7.50 (seniors 62 and above), $5 (ages 6 to 13), and free for children under 6 years and Har-Ber Village Museum members.
Har-Ber Village Museum is located at 4404 West 20th St., in Grove. For more information persons interested may call 918-786-6446 or visit har-bervillage.com.