PIONEER DAYS at Har-Ber Village Museum will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, 2017.Friday is primarily focused on activities for school groups; Saturday for the public and scout groups.
Enjoy a simpler, hands-on way of life as volunteers demonstrate skills that made our pioneer ancestors self-reliant: spinning, weaving, processing flax plants into linen, dyeing wool, flint knapping, sausage making, hearth cooking and baking, quilting, candlemaking, heirloom gardening, blacksmithing, tinsmithing and more. Visit with living history reenactors to explore early medical care, events of the Mexican War and pioneer stories. Many hands-on activities will allow younger visitors to experience pioneer life first-hand. Create a quilt block. Churn butter. Grind corn. Make a candle. Make sausage. Wash laundry on a scrub board. Weave on a loom. Play period games. Make a pioneer toy.
On Friday only, students will be able to attend school taught by a “school marm” in the Village schoolhouse.
On Saturday only, basket weaver Mary McCreery will demonstrate her craft. Craftsman Ken Vaughn will demonstrate making objects out of leather. Period music will be played in the Village by Borderline Blue Grass throughout the day. Tintype photographer Professor Drummond will take your picture. Participate in waulking the wool (video above) between 11am and 1 pm. Scouts will be able to earn a special patch by registering at the front desk upon admission and completing the available activities.
The fun continues on Saturday evening as Har-Ber Village hosts its 4th annual Chuck Wagon Dinner and Dance Under the Stars starting at 6:30 p.m. Put on your western wear and enjoy chuck wagon fare from Timbered-In Catering including smoked chicken, pulled pork, three-meat baked beans, cole slaw and corn bread. Top off your meal with a fruit cobbler and ice cream! After dinner, dance to the sounds of Stone Country. This popular band is returning to play their foot-tapping tunes. Tickets may be purchased by calling 918-786-6446 or online at har-bervillage.com for $75 apiece or $750 for a table and includes free admission to Pioneer Days. R.S.V.P. by September 30. Seating is limited to 150.
With regular admission, visitors can get a look at daily life with hands-on activities, demonstrations, music and more. A variety of presentations will provide an eye-opening look at how families went through their day-to-day activities.
Activities are subject to change based on availability of our volunteers. Har-Ber Village Museum hours are Thursday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission is $10 for adults; $7.50 for seniors 63+; $5 for children ages 6-13; under 6 and members are free. Museum admission is not necessary to shop in The Country Store gift shop, to eat at the Café or to walk the Nature Trail.