In partnership with Comcast, C-SPAN is bringing Fort Lauderdale and Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District partner Fort Lauderdale Historical Society to the national spotlight through its 2015 Cities Tour. The public affairs network selected Fort Lauderdale as a city rich with history and interesting local literary communities to feature on it Book TV and American History TV during special weekends.
C-SPAN began its Fort Lauderdale visit on April 20 with a kick-off event/press conference with Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler andBroward County Mayor Tim Ryan at the New River Inn on Las Olas Blvd. While in Fort Lauderdale, C-SPAN taped segments including the “History of Fort Lauderdale” and “Seminole History and Culture,” both filmed at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society/New River Inn. Additional segments will cover the African American Research Library and Port Everglades. During their time in Fort Lauderdale, C-SPAN representatives also conducted community and education outreach.
The programming recorded in Fort Lauderdale will air on non-fiction book channel Book TV/C-SPAN2 Comcast channel 104 and history channel American History TV/C-SPAN3 Comcast channel 105 during C-SPAN’s special Fort Lauderdale weekend, May 16–17, 2015. C-SPAN is available in Fort Lauderdale on Comcast channel 14.
In each of the cities the tour visits, the C-SPAN producing team takes specially outfitted Local Content Vehicles to various literary and historic sites as they interview local historians, authors, and civic leaders. They also meet with students, teachers, elected officials, and organizations to talk about C-SPAN’s mission in covering public affairs programming, and what the local connections are to national politics.
“We are honored that C-SPAN has chosen Fort Lauderdale and Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District partner Fort Lauderdale Historical Society to feature as part of its 2015 Cities Tour,” said Carmen Ackerman, Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District project manager. “The programming will bring the fascinating heritage of our great city to a nationwide audience.”
About Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District
Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District is a unique partnership of arts and entertainment organizations located along the New River in downtown Fort Lauderdale with the express mission of promoting cultural tourism in South Florida. Presenting over 1,000 individual events each year, The District attracts well over 1 million visitors annually. Partners of The District Consortium include Broward Center for the Performing Arts, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, the Historic Stranahan House Museum and Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information about The District and its partners, visit www.riverwalkae.com.
About C-SPAN’s Cities Tour
C-SPAN’s Cities Tour takes our Book TV and American History TV on the road. On the first and third weekend of each month, we’ll feature the literary life and history of a selected city. Working with our cable partners, our producing team will take specially outfitted Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) into each city, visiting various literary and historic sites as we interview local historians, authors, and civic leaders. We’ll also meet with students, teachers, elected officials, and organizations to talk about C-SPAN’s mission in covering public affairs programming, and what the local connections are to national politics. For more information, visit www.c-span.org/series/?citiesTour.