C-SPAN Spotlighting the History of Springfield


SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–The national spotlight will be on Springfield at the start of the new year. C-SPAN is covering the Queen City as part of a nationwide tour showcasing mid-sized cities across America. 

A reception was held at the Gillioz Theatre Monday to kick off C-SPAN’s visit.

The reception included some of the people who will be featured in C-SPAN’s two day special beginning in January. 

A three person crew is in the area for a week long visit to highlight the city. 

One producer told KOLR10 it’s Springfield’s rich history and people that they will profile.

Bass Pro Shops, Route 66, Frisco Railroad-they’re places the locals take for granted, but are some of the spots taking center stage on C-SPAN. 

“There’s a lot that Springfield has to offer that our audience is going to learn a lot about and that’s the goal for the city to tell its story to our audience,” says C-SPAN producer, Debbie Lamb. 

A story that will include the history of Route 66, the Civil War, and the Trail of Tears. 

 “Overall, it’s just a very historically rich region that covers partly mid-west, partly west, partly southern history. It’s kind of the intersection of those three zones of that national story,” says Thomas Peters, Dean of MSU Library Services. 

 “It’s not just city specific necessarily, but there’s individuals here for non-fiction authors that have written books that affect public policy, books about history and they happen to live here so it’s nice,” says Lamb. 

Even more nice, says Mayor Ken McClure, is the national exposure Springfield will get when the piece airs on C-SPAN. 

“It can’t help but be beneficial for this city. Once it’s out there, people will be able to see it, say you know, that’s a place I’d like to visit,” says McClure.

Springfield is the last stop on C-SPAN’s 24 city tour this year.

The special will air January 6th and 7th on C-SPAN 2 and 3 and Mediacom. 

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