C-SPAN to explore Bellingham's history, literary life

Representatives from the C-SPAN television network will visit Bellingham on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in preparation for new television feature exploring the city’s history and literary life.

Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville, along with representatives from Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism and Comcast, will host a kickoff event at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 10, at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall building at 121 Prospect St.

At Tuesday’s event, C-SPAN representatives will reveal the stories and segments that will be explored by the national network during their weeklong stay. During their time in Bellingham, C-SPAN representatives will also conduct community and educational outreach.

The event will feature a special presentation from Brian Griffin, a local historian, author and exhibit co-curator, on the life of Bellingham’s famous citizen J.J. Donovan and his impact on the growth of the city.  This event, along with Q&A from the audience, will air with other local segments recorded throughout the week on nonfiction book channel Book TV (on C-SPAN2, Comcast channel 25) and history channel American History TV (on C-SPAN3, Comcast channel 150) during C-SPAN’s special Bellingham weekend Jan. 4-5.

The feature will be part of C-SPAN’s 2013 Cities Tour takes Book TV and American History TV on the road. C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3 are featuring the literary life and history of each of selected cities during special weekends on the public affairs network.

Working with its cable partners, the C-SPAN producing team will take specially outfitted “Local Content Vehicles” into Bellingham starting Monday, Dec. 9, visiting various literary and historic sites to interview local historians, authors and civic leaders over the week.

Programming recorded in Bellingham will air on Book TV/C-SPAN2 (Comcast channel 25) and American History TV/C-SPAN3 (Comcast channel 150 ) on January 4 and 5, 2014. C-SPAN is available in Bellingham on Comcast channel 24 and HD channel 645.

For more information, visit the C-SPAN Cities Tour website and the C-SPAN Cities Tour Twitter page.

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