Remembering the 1990s at Har-Ber Village Museum in Grove, Oklahoma

Har-Ber Village staff wanted to do something different in honor of the museum’s 50th anniversary year, and so after much thought, they decided to look at the history of the 5 decades that make up the 50 years the Village has been in existence. “The local community was encouraged to bring in their treasures and keepsakes from each of the 5 decades for display in our Visitor Center Gallery,” said Amelia Chamberlain, Executive Director at Har-Ber Village Museum. “We also polled our Facebook community as to which movies were their favorites for these five decades.” 
 
In the 1990s, the World Wide Web connected people all over the world while events like the Rodney King shooting and the Oklahoma City bombing tore them apart. Slap bracelets, choker tattoos, and jelly shoes were all the rage. Those who grew up in the 1990s become nostalgic when they hear about plaid, grunge, coffee shops, raves, teen television, and bubble gum pop music as well as fanny packs, scrunchies, extreme sports, Furbees and Beanie Babies, virtual pets and Tickle Me Elmo dolls. From Where’s Waldo to Bill Nye, the Science Guy, to Pokémon to pogs to  piercings, the ‘90s are referred by some as a golden age of U.S. culture. 
 
Take some time out of your fast-paced and busy life to slow down and share memories of this decade gone by with your family and friends as Har-Ber Villages looks at the 1990s as part of its 5 decades of Har-Ber Village 50th Anniversary celebration. “During the day re-experience 1990s crafts by making a beaded gecko and a Perler bead design, decorating a slap bracelet, making tie dye designs, and making an artistic creation using gel pens, stamp markers, and a spirograph,” states Paula Keefer, Education and Program Coordinator for the Village.  “Play Connect 4 and Guess Who, and then see if you can remember how to use a Hula hoop.” Tie dye, the spirograph and the Hula hoop were all 1960s fads that came back into popularity in the 1990s. View a display of memorabilia from the 1990s—from Polly Pockets to Beanie Babies to Star Wars memorabilia and more. Watch episodes of the popular television series, Saved by the Bell. Museum hours will be extended until 5 p.m. on this day.
 
According to Chamberlain, “the Village’s 50th anniversary celebration continues into the evening with a themed dinner at the Café at Har-Ber Village. The dinner is based on the movie for the evening and will include Shrimp and Grits, served with Okra, Collard Greens, and a Dinner Salad, includes Coffee or Tea.”  Reservations are highly recommended for the dinner ($12 per adult; $7 per child up to age 13; $2 discount for Har-Ber Village members). Tickets for the dinner may be purchased online at har-bervillage.com or calling 918-786-6446.
 
A free dance/concert begins in the Event Tent (right behind the Café) at 6:00 pm. thanks to Grove Tourism Bureau and Grove Rotary Club! The center of the Event Tent will be left open for dancing with plenty of seating around the perimeter to enjoy Joplin’s hottest cover band, 80 & Out, bringing the best lights, sound, and magic from Bruno Mars to Van Halen … from 2 Pac to the Gin Blossoms.  “This band played at the ‘80s event and were very well-received. We’re looking forward to their return and hearing the music they play for the ‘90s,” said Chamberlain.
 
Around 8:30 pm, the 1990s movie favorite Forrest Gump will be shown on an outdoor inflatable screen on the lawn and gravel next to the Event Tent. There is no charge to watch the film, but you might want to bring your favorite comfortable chairs and blankets! Refreshments (sodas, water, popcorn, candy) will be available for sale during the dance and the movie. This is a family-friendly event, so no alcoholic beverages are being sold. “It is very pleasant sitting out under the trees and stars and watching the movie on the screen—similar to a drive-in movie experience,” added Keefer, whose family has attended all three movies so far. “I’d encourage anyone looking for something different to do on a Saturday night to come out and enjoy an evening at Har-Ber Village.”
 
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.

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