All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.
  • About Us

    Covering American History C-SPAN style: with event coverage, eyewitness accounts, and discussions with authors, historians and teachers. Every weekend from 8am ET Saturday to 8am ET Monday on C-SPAN3. 

    In January, 2011, C-SPAN expanded its programming offerings with a new history-based service airing weekends on C-SPAN3. American History TV (AHTV) features programming geared toward history lovers with 48 hours every weekend of people and events that document the American story.

    C-SPAN began C-SPAN3 operations in January 2001 as a digital service. C-SPAN3 is currently available in 43 million digital cable TV households and is streamed live online at

    At the time of the launch of American History TV in January 2011, C-SPAN co-president Susan Swain said: “We’re hoping American History TV does for history enthusiasts what Book TV has done for non-fiction book lovers.”


    Key programs each weekend on AHTV include:

    • AMERICAN ARTIFACTS (Sundays 8am, 7pm, and 10pm ET)
      Curators, collectors and historians take you to museum exhibits and historic sites to show you significant pieces from their collections.
    • THE CIVIL WAR (Saturdays 6pm, 10pm, and Sundays 11am ET)
      From 2011-2015, the nation marks the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Travel with us to important battlefields, and hear compelling discussions and debates about key events and figures who shaped that era.
    • HISTORY BOOKSHELF (Saturdays noon; Sundays 5am; and Mondays 1am ET)
      Tune in as the country’s best-known American history writers of the past decade talk about their books.
    • LECTURES IN HISTORY (Saturdays 8pm, midnight, and Sundays 1pm ET)
      Get a front-row seat in college classrooms across the country to hear top professors on topics ranging from the American Revolution to 9/11.
    • ORAL HISTORIES (Saturdays 8am; Sundays 3pm; Mondays 4am ET)
      Hear first- person accounts from people who have shaped modern American history, from World War II to recent Presidents.
    • THE PRESIDENCY (Sundays 8:30am, 7:30pm, and 10:30pm ET)
      American Presidents, their policies, and legacies are the special focus of this time block, featuring historic speeches and the personal insights of former administration officials and presidential experts.

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