River Through Time — a free, annual event sponsored by the Gem County Historical Society — celebrates its 14th year. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday Oct. 5 and 6 at the Gem Island Sports Complex. The hands-on history event features the people who settled the Payette River between 1859 and 1946.

    Dress in costume if you have one, pack a picnic or eat at the site and bring the whole family out for an enjoyable day at the River Through Time.

    The camp is organized chronologically and will celebrate our first 150 years of local history.

   Kids will learn how to make butter with the pioneers, all ages can pan for gold with the miners or dig for artifacts in the pit. Other events include demonstrations at the blacksmiths, a wool spinner, a general store with items to purchase.

    Look for several new items this year.

   Bring your camera and meet President Abraham Lincoln, Oregon Trail emigrants, fur traders and trappers, blacksmiths, cowboys, miners and Civil War soldiers and others. Bring your questions for the reenactors. They will tell you the history of the area between 1859 to 1946.

    The River Through Time is located at Gem Island Sports Complex. Take West Main Street to Canal Street. Turn west on Canal Street and follow the signs or follow the noise from the cannon every hour.

    For more information, contact Gem County Museum at 365-9530.