Har-Ber Village Museum Grove OK

For more information or to register, call 918-786-3488, email director@har-bervillage.com, or register online.

Har-Ber Village Museum in Grove, Oklahoma, celebrates its 50th anniversary all season-long with a variety of programs addressing topical issues from the five decades of its existence. One program involves reading and discussing books and films that focus on the themes of Transformation, Women’s Roles, Women’s Aging, Friendship, Civil Rights and Books Made into Movies.

The Village has offered similar discussion groups in the past through the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) and its
Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma! series which provides books and scholars for its program. As there was no book series available through OHC that spanned the 50 years from the 1960s through the 2000s, Har-Ber Village staff selected representative books of each of the five decades that had also been made into films to add another dimension to the series.

Five Decades of Books and Films at Har-Ber Village Museum in Grove, Oklahoma

Each month, May through September, a different title will be made available to readers wishing to participate in this discussion group.

  • The 1960s book for May 17 will be  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The movie starring Gregory Peck will accompany the book.
  • The 1970s book for June 21 is  Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach; the movie is based on the book and stars James Franciscus.
  • The 1980s book for July 26 is  Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg; the movie of the same name stars Kathy Bates.
  • The 1990s book for August 23 is  The Hours by Michael Cunningham; Meryl Streep stars in the movie made from this book.
  • Finally, the 2000s book for September 20 is  The Invention of Hugo Cabrét by Brian Selznick; the accompanying movie, Hugo, stars Asa Butterfield.

Movies will be shown at times chosen by participants in the reading group.

Each discussion group will be scheduled on a
Thursday evening, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Har-Ber Village Museum Visitor Center. Participants should be willing to commit to attending each of the 5 sessions and coming prepared to discuss the books they have read.

Participants should
reserve their space by Friday, April 20, to allow adequate time to read the first book. The Eastern Oklahoma District Library System will be providing the first set of books and some of the remaining titles as well. Thank you to Grove Public Library for partnering in this program!

For each of the five sessions, participants will be provided with some format of the scheduled book for discussion. Sometimes the book will come from the Grove Public Library; sometimes the book will be available through the internet; sometimes  Har-Ber Village will provide a copy; sometimes readers may have copies of their own. The movies will be shown at Har-Ber Village with 2-3 dates and/or times to accommodate participants' schedules.

For the first two sessions, Har-Ber Village staff and previous program participants will lead the discussions. A grant has been submitted to the OHC, and we hope to have scholars to present the last three books and movies and open each of the discussions with information about the author, the context of the book and how it relates to the theme.

Each session will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Har-Ber Village Museum Visitor Center Meeting Room.  Participants do not need to pay a program fee. Allow 2-3 weeks for adequate time to read the book for each session.  For more information or to register, contact Chamberlain at 918-786-3488, director@har-bervillage.com, or