6th annual Pioneer Days at Har-Ber Village Museum in Grove, Oklahoma

On October 12 and 13, experience Har-Ber Village Museum’s 6th annual Pioneer Days event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Transport back to a time when it was possible to survive without cars, fast food restaurants, cell phones, microwaves and the internet! 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, heirloom gardening, herb use, 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. 
“We are excited to offer new activities this year,” said Executive Director Amelia Chamberlain. “A group of dedicated volunteers have been working for a while now on restoring a log cabin that was donated to us from the Whitewater area just south of Grove. The volunteers are now at the chinking stage. When completed, the cabin will be used as the trailhead for the Village’s renovated and expanded Nature Trail. For Pioneer Days, Volunteer Matt Wells will demonstrate log hewing—part of the process of building a log cabin—on Friday and Saturday, right next to the trailhead cabin.” 
“Two other new activities this year will be demonstrated by the Presleys,” said Pioneer Day Volunteer Coordinator Tim Fields. “This family will be doing leather working and Dutch oven cooking. While this year is the first time this family has volunteered, we have many volunteers who return to be with us each year because of their love of living history and teaching pioneer lifeways to interested visitors. We are always recruiting volunteers to help with special event days and with school field trips.”
“And we will have many hands-on activities on both days for school students and families with children to experience and to help bring the past alive,” said Program and Education Coordinator Paula Keefer. “We encourage families to dress like pioneers when they visit to extend the experience even more. If you don’t have a bonnet, we just happen to sell those in our Country Store!”
Friday is typically set aside for school groups who have made reservations. “This year we have schools visiting from Southwest City, Westville, Choteau, Wyandotte, Stillwell, Adair, Anderson, Tahlequah, and Owasso,” said Keefer. “We provide a wide variety of activities to supplement the students’ school curriculum.” Saturday is open to the public, and those volunteers who were unable to be at the Village on Friday will be on hand to provide living history experiences, banjo making and flax demonstrations.
A complete list of activities for both days (below) may be found on our website at har-bervillage.com. All of the activities scheduled for this day are included with regular admission unless otherwise noted. Regular Har-Ber Village Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission is $10 for adults; $7.50 for seniors 62+; $5 for children 6-13; under 6, members, and active military and their families free. Discounts on many programs and free admission is available to those who become Har-Ber Village members.
What When
Sausage Making * Friday only
Country Doc Friday only
Soap Making Friday only
School Marm* Friday only
Thaumatropes* Friday only
Corn Grinding* Friday only
Weaving/spinning * Friday only
Basket Weaving Friday only
Printing * Friday only
Flintknapping Friday & Saturday
Checkers Game* Friday & Saturday
Chess Game* Friday & Saturday
Fence Building* Friday & Saturday
19th Century Herbs * Friday & Saturday
Pioneer Paper Dolls* Friday & Saturday
Pumping water, washing clothes* Friday & Saturday
Blacksmithing Friday & Saturday
Quilt tying* Friday & Saturday
Quit Designs* Friday & Saturday
Cow Milking* Friday & Saturday
Loading a Model Covered Wagon* Friday & Saturday
Dyeing Friday & Saturday
Tinsmithing Friday & Saturday
Dutch Oven cooking, leather working Friday & Saturday
Log Hewing Friday & Saturday
hearth cooking  Saturday only
Sausage Making Saturday only
Weaving * Saturday only
Flax Working * Saturday only
Living History re-enactors Saturday only
Banjo Making Saturday only
Mountain Man, Living History Saturday only

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