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C-SPAN channels devote Memorial Day weekend to Tampa Bay area programming

cspan-lcv.jpgAwhile ago, I wrote about a new program by C-SPAN to bring its remote vehicles to cities across the nation, starting with the Tampa Bay area.

The idea involved recording a bunch of reports in the area for their Book TV and American History TV programming blocks, encouraging local residents to check out the channel while getting their brand out into eight cities nationwide.

Now the fruits of their work in the Tampa Bay area is ready to hit the airwaves, with a range of programs recorded in local landmarks such as Haslam's Bookstore, the Tampa Bay History Center and Ft. De Soto Park.

Click here to see the website devoted to the reports, with some early previews of the programming.

Below is a list of some areas covered and a few video clips:


Book TV:

·  Local independent bookstores such as Inkwood Books in Tampa and Haslem’s in St. Petersburg

·  Tampa area authors: David McMullen, author of “Strike: The Radical Insurrections of Ellen Dawson; Donald Green, author of “3rd Party Matters: Politics, Presidents, and Third Parties in American History”

·  A tour of Tampa’s historic Ybor City with Scott Deitche, (DEE-chee like peachy) author of “Cigar City Mafia: A Complete History of the Tampa Underworld”

· Margo Hammond, founder of the St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading on the changing nature of the book industry

· Author event – Del Quentin Wilber appears at Inkwood Books in Tampa to talk about his recent book “Rawhide Down”

American History TV:

· De Soto National Memorial – documenting the North American landing in the Tampa area of Spanish Conquistador Hernando De Soto

· Tampa Bay History Center for a look at “The Cow Cavalry” during the Civil War

· St. Petersburg History Museum to learn about the first commercial aviation flight from St. Petersburg to Tampa

· A visit to the lost community of Angola – an escaped slave enclave raided by the U.S. after Spain ceded the territory

· Jose Marti’s time in Tampa as he attempted to raise money for Cuban Independence

· The Tampa Bay Hotel – historic site built by railroad magnate Henry Plant - where Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders planned their assault on Cuba during the Spanish American War.

· History event: The Civil War in the Tampa Bay Area - airs Saturday, May 28 7pm, 11pm; Sunday, May 29, 12pm

[Last modified: Friday, May 27, 2011 1:01pm]


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