You may know by now, Har-Ber Village is near and dear to my heart. This beautiful village that began in 1968 when Harvey built Bernice a church on the banks of the lake from bricks handmade before the civil war, and has become a landmark of timeless treasures. Great care and dedication continue today as remnants and relics of our past are preserved for the future. Many events show visitors a glimpse of life as it was in times gone by. I am excited about the next event because they have renovated and added to their Military exhibit. I look forward to stepping back in time…
Har-Ber Village Museum is proud to honor Memorial Day with the opening of their recently renovated military exhibit on Saturday, May 24. The event is open to the public, and all current and veteran military personnel get free admission. Come see the new exhibit that features a military history timeline spanning more than two centuries. The display contains military and recreational firearms including flint-rock rifles similar to ones used in the late 1700s during the Revolutionary War, military attire that ranges from the Civil War to Desert Storm, and many artifacts that were carried during relevant time periods.
In addition, the Marine Corps Reserve of Broken Arrow will be in attendance to perform the presentation of colors at 11 a.m. as well as, the Marine Corps League of Miami performing the presentation of colors at 1 p.m.
General John A. Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, officially proclaimed Memorial Day in May of 1868. Decoration Day, as it was originally known, is one day out of the year set aside to acknowledge those who have given their life serving this great country. As the true meaning of Memorial Day slowly was lost in translation, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed in December 2000, which asks that all Americans at 3 p.m. local time “…voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.” The resolution was a small step in returning the meaning of the day to its original one day for observance and remembrance.
“We are very happy to present our newly renovated military exhibit this year,” Har-Ber Village Museum Director Amelia Chamberlain said. “A lot of hard work went into moving the former military exhibit into a much larger display area this past winter. Linda Harris, curator, and staff have done a great job in preserving all of the historical items during the renovation and have been able to display the military artifacts in a chronological timeline that brings our nation’s military history to life. Our newly finished exhibit and the items displayed in it are meant for remembrance and to honor the men and woman who have given their all fighting for this country. The military items were donated for this purpose, and we are honored to display them.”
Har-Ber Village Museum will once again be participating with Blue Star Museums. Har-Ber Village Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to active military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.
The program runs from Memorial Day, May 26, through Labor Day, Sept. 1. To receive free admission, military personnel and their families must present a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members.
Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/national/blue‐star‐museums.
“As we kick off our fifth year of Blue Star Museums, more museums than ever are part of this military appreciation program,” said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “Together with Blue Star Families and more than 2,000 museums, we are proud to help connect military families with the cultural resources in their communities.”
“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth‐Douquet. “It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”
One of the largest antique museums in the state, Har-Ber Village is an outdoor, self-guided village where visitors may view antiques, collections and reproductions housed in both original and replicated buildings that provide a sense of the late 1800s and early 1900s in the four-state region. The walk-through museum sits on beautifully landscaped property on the shores of Grand Lake. New hands-on exhibits, frequent craft demonstrations and fun monthly events are featured as well as a picnic pavilion, scenic nature trail, and two shops: The Country Store and The Weaver’s Shop at Har-Ber Village.
For more information about Har-Ber Village Museum or its participation in Blue Star Museums,
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