"C-SPAN’s Helena Weekend is here! Highlighted below is the Helena programming that will air throughout this weekend. Mayor Smith’s segment will kickoff Helena Weekend this Friday, Nov. 1—airing on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal between 5am MT/7am ET-8am MT/10am ET.
In addition to having the below pieces sprinkled in throughout the weekend on the respective networks, both AHTV and BOOK TV will have a block of programming where ALL of the respective Helena pieces for their networks will air. C-SPAN2’s Book TV – SATURDAY, November 2 at 10am MT/12pm ET and C-SPAN3’s American History TV (AHTV) – SUNDAY, November 3 at 3pm MT/5pm ET.
We have created a special “Helena” city web page at www.c-span.org/LocalContent/Helena You can also visit www.c-span.org/LocalContent. The website will be LIVE late Friday afternoon, giving you an opportunity to view the segments before they air! We have posted your web links there as well. If there are web links you would like for us to post on that site, please let me know and we will make sure they are highlighted. In addition, all video segments will be available indefinitely on our C-SPAN Video Library site at www.c-span.org/videolibrary after they air this weekend."
CSPAN has been promoting on-air “Helena Weekend” programming across all three networks for the last two weeks. We have sent out the “tune-in” release to the media and special email alerts to our viewers. In addition, we will be utilizing all of our social media outlets – Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We will be using the Twitter handles @cspan, @BookTV, @cspanhistory and @cspancities. Also, the Helena Weekend “Tune-In” ad will appear in the Independent Record, Friday,
Featured on C-SPAN2’s Book TV and C-SPAN3’s American History TV
November 2-3, 2013
Hosted by our Charter cable partners, our Local Content Vehicles staff visited numerous locations to explore the history and literary culture of Montana’s capital city.
In addition to having the below pieces sprinkled in throughout the weekend on the respective networks, both AHTV and BOOK TV will have a block of programming where ALL of the respective Helena pieces for their networks will air.
BOOK TV HELENA BLOCK: SATURDAY, November 2 at 12pm ET (Charter channel 17)
AHTV HELENA BLOCK: SUNDAY, November 3 at 5pm ET (Charter channel 113)
· The Montana State Capitol building to hear about how Helena was selected to be the capital of the state. Historic Interpreter Julia Porter guides a tour through the building which was completed in 1902, and was the first state capitol building in the country to be built with steam-radiator heat, electricity and indoor plumbing. Hear the story of Senator Mike Mansfield, who is the country’s longest-serving Senate Majority Leader, and see the piece of art by Montana’s famous Western artist Charles Russell commissioned to hang over the state’s House Chamber.
· Montana’s Old Prison, Montana Territory’s first federal facility, with local author and historian Ellen Baumler. Established in 1870, this penitentiary was built mostly by prison laborers under the direction of its long serving warden Frank Conley. This prison experienced a violent history including the infamous riot in 1959.
· Montana’s Original Governor’s Mansion. Built in 1888 as a private residence for William Chessman, a Helena speculator and developer, the three story Queen Anne style mansion became the state’s Governor’s Mansion in 1913. Hear the stories of nine Governors’ and the families who lived there as well as what happened during the economic collapse of 1893.
· Governor Steve Bullock (D) talk about Montana state politics and the economy.
· The Charles M. Russell exhibit at the Montana State Historical Society featuring the iconic artwork that tells the story of the Old American West. Kirby Lambert, Program Manager for Outreach and Interpretation, highlights the exhibit which includes one of Russell’s earliest depictions of ranching in Montana, as well as his work titled, ”When the Land Belonged to God,” considered to be a Russell masterpiece.
· The Congressional papers of the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress, Jeannette Rankin. She was a lifelong pacifist elected in Montana in 1916 and then again in 1940. See some of the constituent letters from supporters, as well as the newspapers that criticized her after her vote against participation in World War I. During her second term, Rankin stood alone in voting against America’s entry into the World War II.
· The rare films and archival photos of Montana’s Democratic Senator Lee Metcalf, the longest-serving Senate Majority Leader. The Montana Historical Society is currently processing hundreds of photos and video of Metcalf before and during his time in office. Learn about the lawyer, judge and politician, who is considered to be a pioneer in the conservation movement
· The Discovery of Gold in Helena from Ellen Baumler, Interpretive Historian at the Montana Historical Society. Visit the site where gold was discovered, and see the oldest surviving home in the state, a log cabin used during the city’s gold rush.
Book TV FEATURES
· The Montana Territory’s first federal facility with local author and historian Ellen Baumler “Dark Spaces: Montana’s Historic Penitentiary at Deer Lodge. Established in 1870, the penitentiary was built mostly by prison laborers under the direction of its long serving warden Frank Conley. This prison experienced a violent history including the infamous riot in 1959.
· U.S. Army Veteran David Abrams recall his experience in Iraq as a military journalist. In 2005, Abrams—author of “Fobbit”— was deployed to Baghdad for 10 months at the Forward Operating Base writing articles and answering calls from the media.
· Author Jim Robbins talk about “The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet”. Listen to the story of David Milarch, a man who – for the past 20 years – has made a mission of trying to clone the oldest trees on the planet.
· The evolution of farming from Richard Manning, author of “Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization”. In it, Manning explains the beginning stages of agriculture and the effects it has had on society,
· Lewis and Clark’s journey through Montana and some of the misconceptions about their travels from author Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs “The Lewis and Clark Companion”
· The history of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana and their struggle to become a federally recognized tribe from historian Nicholas Vrooman author of “The Whole Country Was…One Robe: The Little Shell Tribes of America”
For more information on the C-SPAN Cities Tour of U.S. cities, go to www.c-span.org/localcontent"
Content Courtesy of:
Melissa Shannon | Area Director | Government Affairs
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