C-SPAN to Highlight Virginia Beach This Weekend

Learn About the City’s Unique History and Literary Culture

Friday, April 19, 2013

Attention, local history buffs and literature fans! This is the weekend to tune in to C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3 for two days of special programming focused on Virginia Beach.


C-SPAN’s staff recently visited Virginia Beach for several days, talking to local authors and historians, visiting historic and important sites. The results can be seen Saturday and Sunday.


·         Book TV on C-SPAN2 will feature top nonfiction books and authors from Virginia Beach at noon Saturday – Cox Channel 94.


·         American History TV on C-SPAN3 will feature people and events documenting Virginia Beach’s history at 5 p.m. Sunday – Cox Channel 93.


In addition, both channels will feature pieces on Virginia Beach history and literature throughout the weekend. Among the subjects to be explored:

Cape Henry and the three famous landmarks there – A discussion with historian Fielding Tyler

Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School – A discussion with Museum Director Shirin Spencer, historian Edna Hendrix and 1939 graduate Roy Reid


Naval Air Station Oceana – A discussion with Capt. Robert Geis, commanding officer of the master jet base.

Adam Thoroughgood House - Hear the story of one of America’s earliest settlers, Adam Thoroughgood, and the home that his great-grandson, Argall Thoroughgood, built.

Seatack – Sadie Shaw, a lifelong Seatack resident, talks about her experience growing up and the challenges she faced and her impact as a teacher.

The Old Coast Guard Station – A tour of the celebrated Oceanfront museum. 


Author Amy Waters Yarsinske talks about her book “An American in the Basement” and the story of Navy Capt. Michael Scott Spiecher, shot down in 1991, the first known casualty of the Gulf War

Author Paul Rasor talks about his book “From Jamestown to Jefferson: The Evolution of Religious Freedom in Virginia”

Author Michael Pearson talks about his book “Innocents Abroad Too: Journeys Around the World on Semester at Sea”

Author Kenny Harris talks about his book “Princess Anne County, Virginia: Its Contribution and Sacrifices to the War Between The States”

Author Stephen Mansfield talks about his book “Princess Anne County and Virginia Beach: A Pictorial History”


A visit to the Special Collections of the Old Dominion University Libraries. Learn about the actions of several prominent citizens to reopen Virginia public schools four years after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling.


To complement the TV shows, C-SPAN has created a special Virginia Beach web page at www.c-span.org/LocalContent/VirginiaBeach, which includes segments from the broadcasts.


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