Har-Ber Village Museum Opens for the Season Sunday, March 15‏

You all know how I love historical attractions. The fact is we have a great one in our home area. I have shared several of my “walks into the past” at Har-Ber Village museum in Grove Oklahoma. I am excited to see all the awesome events and new exhibits. There will also be many new hands on experiences this year. If you happen to be through the area, you may want to take your own “walk into the past”. Har-Ber Village opens for the season on March 15.
HAR-BER VILLAGE MUSEUM is a pioneer-era village and history museum complete with The Country Store gift shop,  The Crafters at Har-Ber Village retail shop and Visitor Center. The Village is located on the shores of Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees. During self-guided tours, visitors experience the area’s history and ecology, and view antiques, collectibles and reproductions in exhibitions representing the mid-1800s to the early 1900s in the local four-state region (Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas).
354f28423a64ab737ff89dadbae17fcaSpecial Events
Civil War Day April 25 —school day on 24th
Farm & Agriculture Day May 2 —school day on 1st
Cherokee Heritage Day June 13
Independence Day July 4
Ecology and Environment Day August 22
Maud Duncan Day September 26
Historical Haunted Halloween October 24
Pioneer Day November 7—school day on 6th
Christmas on Main Street November 27, 28, December 5, 6, 12, 13
Historic Craft & Pioneer Skills 2015 Workshops 
Ukrainian egg dyeing
• Pysanky, March 28 OR 29, 1 – 4 p.m. Ages 12 and older. Fee is $15 for or $10 for Har-Ber Village members. Instructor Amelia Chamberlain. Pysanky is an ancient folk art from the Ukraine where a raw egg is intricately drawn upon with hot wax using a special instrument called a kistka. The egg is then carefully dipped into a dye. The process is repeated until the desired design has been achieved. Pysanky eggs can be enjoyed as spring or Easter decorations for many years. Like flowers, the eggs in Pysanky have different messages.  All needed materials will be provided.  Supplies available for purchase  for those wishing to continue the craft at home.
Instructor Lisa Houck teaches a series of needlecraft workshops:
• Needle Tatting April 11, 9:30-12:30; September 12, 1:30-4:30; November 14, 9:30-12:30. Class limit is 5 people; fee is $35 or $30 for Har-Ber Village members. Tatting is an heirloom type of lace making that can be done with a shuttle or a needle.
• Huck/Swedish Weaving  April 11, 1:30-4:30; May 23, 9:30-12:30; July 11, 1:30-4:30; September 12, 9:30-12:30. Class limit is 5; fee is $40 or $35 for Har-Ber Village members. Swedish Weaving is a stitch worked on the top of the fabric only.  Since you do not pierce the fabric it goes very quickly.
• Beginning Counted Cross Stitch, May 9 from 9:30-12:30; June 6 from 9:30-12:30,  and August 8 from 9:30-12:30. Class limit is 3; fee is $30 or $25 for Har-Ber Village members. Counted Cross Stitch is the art of making a series of “x’s” on fabric with thread to form a pattern.
•  An Advanced Counted Cross Stitch workshop is offered one time only on October 31 from 9:30-12:30. Class limit is 3; fee is $35 or $30 for Har-Ber Village members. To participate in this advanced class you should already understand and be able to do counted cross stitch.
• Crochet an Edge with Thread is offered four times this year May 9 from 1:30-4:30; June 6, 1:30-4:30; August 8, 1:30-4:30; and October 31, 1:30-4:30. Class limit is 5; fee is $20 or $15 for Har-Ber Village members. Have you ever wanted to recreate the beautiful edging you have seen on pillows or towels?  Then this is the class for you!
With over 24 years experience as a professional rug weaver  and instructor Jason Collingwood has produced 1000s of rugs for corporate and individual clients the world over. In addition to weaving custom made rugs, Collingwood will be the instructor for 3-End Block Weave Workshop on May 11-14, from 9am-5pm the first three days; 9am until noon on fourth day. Class limit is 20; fee $300 or $250 for members.  Everyone must provide their own 4 harness or more loom. An exploration of three end block weaves, the same structu/re Jason uses to weave all his rugs.
Instructor Jeannie Wheatley will teach the following weaving workshops:
• Beginning Weaving.  May 30 and 31, 9am-4pm both days; also June 20 and 21, 9am-4pm both days. Class limit is 5; fee is $100 or $90 for Har-Ber Village members. For anyone with no weaving experience wanting to learn to weave. You’ll learn to read drafts, warp a four-harness floor loom and weave a tablerunner in this 2-day class.
• Advanced Weaving, October 3 and 4, 9am-4pm both days. Class limit is 5; fee is $100 or $90 for members.  Call for details.
• April 11 & 18 OR July 11 & 18, 10am-5pm each day, fee is $115 or $105 for members, limit 6. Instructor Vyrl Keeter.
• May 23 & 30 OR September 12 & 19, 10am-5pm each day, fee is $115 or $105 for members, limit 6. Instructor Leon Reeder
Learn the basic skills of flintknapping in this two-day workshop. Flintknapping is the shaping of stone using hand tools to pressure flake specific kinds of stone to create tools such as arrowheads, stone knives, etc. Material and tools will be provided as part of the workshop fee. Tools and usable stone will be available for sale through the instructors for those wishing to continue this craft after the workshop.
1507914_645643875553730_5368669812146718407_nDutch Oven Cooking
• Beginning Dutch Oven Cooking, April 11 OR May 23, 9:00am-1:00pm, fee $35 or $30 for members, limit 10. Never prepared a meal in cast-iron cookware over an open fire? Now is your chance. Participants will also learn about restoring, using and caring for cast iron wookware, and will sample their culinary successes at the end of the w.orkshop.
Basket making and Felting
• Coiled Yarn Baskets, July 27, 9:00am-1:00pm., fee is $45 or $40 for Har-Ber Village members, limit 15. This class is a great way of using up left over yarns or first attempts at spinning.  Students will learn the basics for creating different shaped baskets with different options for the bases.  All supplies will be provided.
• Felted Bags, August 15, 9:00am-1:00pm., fee is $55 or $50 for Har-Ber Village members, limit 15. This is a beginning wet felting class.  Students will be taught the basics of wet felting that can be applied to many different types of items, and will make a simple bag that they can embellish to be a unique and useful bag.  Students will need to bring to class a large towel and either a 1″X24″ wooden dowel or pool noodle.  The rest of the supplies are provided.
• Lye Soap Workshop, October 17, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, fee: $20 or 15 for Har-Ber Village member, limit 15.
This workshop will teach you how to make pure natural soap from lye and lard, the same way the pioneers did.  You will gain the knowledge and experience needed to make your own additive free soap, at about one third the cost of soap purchased at the store. Participants in the workshop will also learn how to use homemade soap to make liquid cleaner and laundry soap for further savings. The cost of the workshop includes recipes and directions for soap, laundry soap, molds, hints on natural additions that will make specialty soaps for use and gift giving, and two bars of homemade soap.
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Har-Ber Village Museum
4404 West 20th Street
Grove, OK 74344
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20 Responses to Har-Ber Village Museum Opens for the Season Sunday, March 15‏

  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I love places like this. We go to Plimouth Plantation a lot, which is in the next town over. They recreate how the Pilgrims lived when they first got here.

  2. Cassie says:

    This looks like a really interesting place to visit! I love that they have so many different events to participate in!
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  3. Kiwi says:

    We have a few historical attractions here in GA. I never thought to visit one but your recap made me think twice about looking into it!
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  4. Theresa says:

    I would love to go to their Historical Halloween! I bet that would be a blast!
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  5. Crystal says:

    That sounds like such a neat experience. You really get to know a time when you can see it recreated.
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  6. Pam says:

    The Ukrainian egg dyeing sounds like fun. I would like to try that.

  7. Sounds like a great place to visit. I want to take my family on a vacay.
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  8. Jeanine says:

    Wow this looks great! We have two little villages close by that does something like this. It’s really great fun and interesting to see!
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  9. The sounds like a great museum! I love things like this – but the Har-Ber Village might be a bit of a drive.
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  10. Rosey says:

    I really like to take the kids to see things we haven’t heard about before. Even better if I’m learning too!

  11. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to one of those historical towns – I know we have a few in Illinois we should get to.

  12. Jenny Temcio says:

    This looks like so much fun! I love visiting historic places such as this!
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  13. I have always wanted to try making my own soap! I would love to watch the process and even partake in it!
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  14. Having spent most of my life in OK, I have been to the Har-Ber Village museum often. It’s such a wonderful place.
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  15. I have an interest in historical stuff too! This sounds like a fun place, plus I would love to learn to weave!
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  16. Amber C. says:

    Oh my gosh that looks so awesome!!! I LOVE going to museums!!

  17. Christie says:

    I am totally into the old school ways of doing things. Basketweaving and needlepoint and soapmaking sounds fun!
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  18. Tracey says:

    What an awesome experience. I’ve always wanted to visit something like this.

  19. I love museums, they are a great way to learn about different heritages. My kids would of loved this! Always wanted to learn basket weaving too.
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  20. Mommy2jam says:

    What a great review of the museum. I wish I lived closer I would love to take the boys. My oldest loves doing things like this. Thanks for sharing
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