Shawnee Mayor Richard Finley and Vyve Broadband are welcoming a crew from C-SPAN to Shawnee at 11 a.m. today at the Shawnee Public Library as they kick off a visit to record the history and non-fiction literary life of the community on the cable network's non-fiction book channel BookTV (on C-SPAN2) and history channel American History TV (on C-SPAN3).

Shawnee Mayor Richard Finley and Vyve Broadband are welcoming a crew from C-SPAN to Shawnee at 11 a.m. today at the Shawnee Public Library as they kick off a visit to record the history and non-fiction literary life of the community on the cable network’s non-fiction book channel BookTV (on C-SPAN2) and history channel American History TV (on C-SPAN3).

Last night during their board meeting, City Commissioners listened as C-SPAN Producer Ashley Hill, shared a bit about her crew's intentions during their visit.

Hill said the group plans to spotlight Shawnee for its C-SPAN Cities Tour.

“We want to introduce other people to what makes Shawnee special,” she said.

While here, the crew has been interviewing local authors and historians, as well as visiting different sites around town, like the museum, the mill and longstanding businesses.

“Your whole community has welcomed our team with open arms, that's kind of been the theme of our visit,” she said. “Every organization has been more than happy to reach out.”

In conjunction with its cable partner, Vyve Broadband, C-SPAN producers will reveal the stories and segments that will be explored by the national network. During their time in Shawnee, C-SPAN producers will visit various literary and historic sites, interview local historians, non-fiction authors and conduct educational and community outreach in the area.

“We are super excited to get a segment done on Shawnee,” Diane Quennoz, Sr. vice president marketing and customer service, Vyve Broadband, said.

Local segments recorded during this week will air on BookTV (on C-SPAN2, Vyve Broadband channel 20) and American History TV (on C-SPAN3, Vyve Broadband channel 21) throughout C-SPAN's special Shawnee weekend, March 3-4.