In the spring, usually the weekend before Memorial Day, the meadow at House on Metolius is suddenly transformed. Neat formations of white tents spring up, smoke rises from cooking fires and ranks of soldiers and horses parade along the river. The year is 1863.
Hundreds of children from schools across Central Oregon attend the event, absorbing lessons about that distant time in a way that no classroom, movie or book can achieve.
When it is over, the tents and the people are all gone and almost every trace of activity has been erased by the cleanup crew. The meadow is quiet once again.
The 6th annual event is scheduled to take place on the 17th to the 19th of May, 2019, and is open to the public on the 18th and 19th.