Volunteers will open Har-Ber Village Museum for the 47th season on Tuesday, March 15. 

The pioneer-era village, complete with Visitor Center, The Country Store and Crafters at Har-Ber Village gift shop, Nature Trail, Picnic Pavilion and Event Tent allows visitors to experience the area’s history and ecology as well as view collections of antiques and memorabilia. Also under the Museum’s management this year will be The Café at Har-Ber Village, opening April 15.

“We continue to focus on families with children and are now offering three summer camps and workshops for preschoolers,” said Director Amelia Chamberlain. “We also offer a wide variety of heritage craft and pioneer skills workshops for adults, including experiences of hearth cooking in the Living History Cabin fireplace.”

Two new exhibits will be featured this season.

The much-awaited reopening of the Art Gallery will showcase pieces by local artists Charles Banks Wilson, George Berry and Willard Stone. Woodworking, ceramics, glass, paintings, photographs and other art forms will be on display.

The Natural History Activity Room is a hands-on adventure complete with animal, plant and mineral identification samples and guides, compound microscopes, books and more thanks in part to a community grant from Grove Rotary Foundation.

The Activity Room will be open on special occasions and for select school groups as well as during this season’s Nature Camp.

“We’re hopeful we will find a few volunteers with an interest in science and natural history to help us staff this exhibit," Chamberlain said. "Members of the Grand Lake Audubon Society, Bernice Nature Center and the Oklahoma Blue Thumb program have already volunteered their time and advice as the room was being developed."

The season will kick off with a members-only reception from 2 to 4 p.m., on Saturday, March 12, in celebration of Women’s History Month.

The event highlights are a women’s clothing fashion show at 2:15 p.m., a Maud Duncan (little printer of the Ozarks) portrayal at 2:45 p.m., and a Girl Scout display and talk at 3:30 p.m.

A video of The Cherokee Word for Water that tells the story of the work of Wilma Mankiller will play continuously.

The event is open to current or new members. Memberships start at $25, and may be purchased online or during the reception. Memberships are a way community members can show their support for the living history museum. For more information, or to RSVP for the event, persons interested may call 918-786-6446 or email director@har-bervillage.com.

Other Upcoming Events

March 17, Preschool Workshop: "Buggy" with a theme of Caterpillars and Butterflies. Cost is $5 or $3 for members. Workshop includes a theme-related story, activity, take home craft and snack.

March 19: Make Natural Soaps: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - learn to make pure, natural soap from lard and lye, the same way pioneers did. Cost: $20 or $15 for members.

March 26: Needle Felting Jewelry & Accessories: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $35 or $30 for members.

March 26: Learn Beginning Basket Weaving: Berry Basket. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $25 or $20 for members.

March 26: Pysanky: Ukrainian Egg Dying. 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $20 or $15 for members.

March 31, Preschool Workshop: Ants. Cost is $5 or $3 for members. Workshop includes a theme-related story, activity, take home craft and snack.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops by calling 918-786-6446 or signing up online at har-bervillage.com.

“We encourage everyone to check the Village website and Facebook page throughout the season to stay up-to-date on activities, event information and programs,” Chamberlain said. 

Har-Ber Village Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12:30 to 5 p.m., on Sundays. Admission is $10 for adults; $7.50 for seniors 62 and above; $5 for children 6-13; and free for children under 6 and members.