Travel back in time with the next OREGON FIELD GUIDE. First, it’s off to the largest re-enactment event in the Pacific Northwest with 1,000 members of the Northwest Civil War Council. Next, see how mountain men lived, and finally, how primitive man survived off the land. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, August 20 8:30pm and Sunday, August 23 at 2:30am and 6:30pm.

Civil War Re-enactors - On Labor Day weekend, 1,000 members of the Northwest Civil War Council gather at Fort Stevens to step back into history. Half participate as military, recreating battles and marches, and half as civilians working, preparing food and living as they did in the 19th century. It is a hard life but those who take part love history and some even had ancestors who fought in the Civil War. Now the group is trying to recruit new members for a group replicating the 54th Massachusetts, a unit that was composed of African-Americans who fought gallantly during the war.

Mountain Man Rendezvous – Step back in time as we journey to central Oregon’s annual Grizzly Mountain Long Rifles Rendezvous.

Primitive Living – For one week each year, a group of folks come together to step back in time and get in touch with their inner caveman/cavewoman. Join producer Ed Jahn as he journeys to Glass Butte between Bend and Burns, to visit the annual primitive camp out called the Knap In. Participants come together to make arrowheads and spear points, bows and arrows, weave cloth and live off the land.

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In its 20th season, OREGON FIELD GUIDE remains a valuable source of information about outdoor recreation, ecological issues, natural resources and travel destinations. OREGON FIELD GUIDE airs Thursday evenings at 8:30pm on the television stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting and repeats on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm. In the Mountain Time zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9:30pm Thursdays, and at 7:30pm Sundays.

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