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Department of State Featured on C-SPAN Cities Tour this Weekend

Tallahassee, FL –

Secretary of State Ken Detzner is pleased to announce that the Florida Department of State will be featured as part of special programing for the C-SPAN Cities Tour of Tallahassee this weekend, March 15-16.

“It was an honor to host the C-SPAN Cities Tour crew at Mission San Luis and the R.A. Gray building to show the many unique programs and artifacts that the Department of State offers to share with the world,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “These segments will create an educational opportunity for all to learn more about Florida’s vast and exciting history. I am appreciative of C-SPAN for recognizing the importance of Florida’s past and I look forward to viewing the segments this weekend.”

Featured Department of State segments:

Book TV Feature:

  • Florida’s Early Constitutions
    Learn about Florida’s early Constitutions from Jon Grandage, Archives Historian for the State Library and Archives of Florida, Department of State.  Starting with the earliest Constitution of 1812 - known as the Patriot Constitution - which transferred control of the Florida territory to the United States to the 1868 Constitution which returned civilian control to the state, Grandage explains the role these documents had in shaping Florida’s history.

American History TV Features:

  • Visit Mission San Luis
    From 1656 to 1704, Mission San Luis served as the principal village of the Apalachees and was the Spaniards' westernmost military, religious, and administrative capital. Mission San Luis was one of over 100 mission settlements established in Spanish Florida between the 1560s and 1690s.  In recognition of its historical significance, Mission San Luis received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1960. Today, Mission San Luis is the only reconstructed Spanish mission in Florida.
  • Explore the State Archives of Florida
    Archives Historian Jon Grandage will show some of the state’s most treasured items, including a map of St. Augustine, FL from 1589 and the first census for Tallahassee from 1825.  The items featured will take viewers from the 16th century to the mid-20th century.

How to Watch:

Tallahassee Weekend will be featured on C-SPAN2 Book TV and C-SPAN3 American History TV.

Book TV: Saturday, March 15 at 12pm ET on C-SPAN2
American History TV: Sunday, March 16 at 2pm ET on C-SPAN3

The segments will also be available online on the C-SPAN Video Library at after they air.