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Lexington's history soon will be featured on national cable television giant C-SPAN.
Producers from the public affairs channel based in Washington, D.C., are in town this week, recording historic sites and some of its nonfiction authors, as part of its Cities Tour.
Debbie Lamb, coordinating producer for C-SPAN, said the two Lexington-based programs will air July 18 and 19.
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One segment, featuring nonfiction writers based in Lexington, will be broadcast on BookTV/C-SPAN 2 (Time Warner Cable channel 446). A second segment, featuring Lexington history, will air on American History TV/C-SPAN 3 (Time Warner Cable channel 447).
The programs also will be available online.
"We've got some great stories to tell," Mayor Jim Gray said during a Monday news conference at city hall announcing the C-SPAN public affairs programming. Gray also was interviewed for the program.
"Lexington is alive right now in ways I've never seen it before. One of the reasons why we have such a bright future is because we have such a colorful past and we have such an interesting history," said Jason Keller, director of government relations for Time Warner Cable. "We also have a strong literary community right here in Central Kentucky."
During Monday's new conference, a C-SPAN crew was filming at the Mary Todd Lincoln House. Other historic sites that C-SPAN crews will visit this week include Lexington Cemetery; Hunt-Morgan House; Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate; and Pope Villa, designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, who was the architect of the White House and U.S. Capitol.
"Our goal is to provide an inside look at each city's unique history and their nonfiction literary history," said Lamb.
Some of the writers likely to be featured include Mark Wahlgren Summers and Tracy Campbell, both professors at the University of Kentucky and authors of several nonfiction books; and Maryjean Wall, a former Lexington Herald-Leader reporter and author. The University of Kentucky special collections and archives also might be featured.
"Lexington has a lot of rich history," Lamb said. "It has a huge literary scene. We had a hard time narrowing it down."
Former U.S. Rep Ben Chandler was interviewed by C-SPAN crews after the news conference. Chandler, currently executive director of the Kentucky Humanities Council, is the grandson of former governor and U.S. Sen. Albert "Happy" Chandler.