Kentucky Historical Society
Catch C-SPAN'S Campaign 2008 Bus & KHS HistoryMobile at the Kentucky Historical Society May 30
Frankfort, KY - The C-SPAN Campaign 2008 bus will visit the Kentucky Historical Society on Friday, May 30, and be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
C-SPAN's 45-foot mobile production studio is on the campaign trail to promote and enhance its comprehensive political coverage, touring state capitols and traveling to major political events, such as campaign primaries, caucuses, and debates.
The portion of West Broadway between Ann and High streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 30, as both the C-SPAN bus and the KHS HistoryMobile will be parked in this area. Both the C-SPAN bus and the HistoryMobile are free and open to the public.
The C-SPAN bus is a revamped version of the network's award-winning School Bus. It sports a new exterior design wrap in election themes along with interior modifications that include the latest television production equipment. The KHS HistoryMobile also sports a new look in honor of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commemoration. It houses a 300- square-foot exhibit entitled, "Kentucky's Abraham Lincoln," which explores Lincoln's frontier childhood, his career path from log house to the White House, and his struggles to end slavery and lead the nation through the Civil War.
In addition to the two mobile units, KHS's new preservation exhibition, Magic in the Weaving: The Churchill Weavers Collection Revealed, will also be available for visitors to tour. This preservation exhibition shows how curators and archivists are saving this unique Kentucky collection for future generations and features products, patterns, and tools from the largest handweaving operation in the country.
This KHS event is done in partnership with the Frankfort Plant Board. It is part of C-SPAN's inaugural "Road to the White House" tour, named after the network's renowned political program that marks its 20th year on the air in 2008.
"This visit promotes and enhances C-SPAN's comprehensive political coverage, traveling to events, primary states and state capitols throughout America," says John Higginbotham of the Frankfort Plant Board. "We invite all citizens of Frankfort to come down and learn more about the campaign process and the C-SPAN Networks."
Since its January 2007 launch, the C-SPAN Campaign 2008 bus has been to 43 state capitals and 195 schools, where 374 elected officials, 4,500 teachers, and over 40,000 students have been on board.
C-SPAN, the political network of record, was created in 1979 by America's cable companies as a public service. C-SPAN is currently available in 91 million households, C-SPAN2 in 84 million households, and C-SPAN3 in more than 15 million households nationwide. For more information about C-SPAN or the Campaign 2008 bus, visit the C-SPAN Web site.
An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, since 1836, has provided connections to the past, perspective on the present, and inspiration for the future. KHS operates the Old State Capitol, the Kentucky Military History Museum, and its headquarters, the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. Since 1999, the thirty-million- dollar Center has welcomed more than one million visitors. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit the Web site.