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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Some local people were able to make the trip to Washington D.C. to witness history in the making, but for those who couldn't make it, there will be some a front row seats at several local viewing parties in the midstate.
One local viewing party will be at a very appropriate place, Belmont University. Belmont University was host to one of the 2008 presidential debates.
From 9 a.m. to noon, people can watch President-Elect Barack Obama take the oath at the Beaman Building on Belmont's campus, but for those who can't make it to Belmont to watch Barack Obama being sworn in there will be several other places to watch.
The Democratic Party will hold its party at the Belcourt Theatre at 9 a.m.
Vanderbilt University will also host several events to mark the historic inauguration of Obama. All events will be free and open to the public.
The Commons Center and the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center on campus will be hosting viewings of the swearing-in ceremony.
A large screen television will be set up in The Commons Center's dining hall.
The viewing and discussion at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.
The public has also been invited to join students, faculty and staff, including the Rev. James Lawson and Vanderbilt student gospel choir Voices of Praise, for a 4 p.m. service of prayer and celebration at Vanderbilt's Benton Chapel on Inauguration Day.
Lipscomb University has invited people to turn out for pizza and politics at 10 a.m. at the Shamblin Theatre.
Don't forget, you can always watch from the best seat in the house. - your own! The NewsChannel 5 Network will have complete coverage all day of the Inauguration of Barack Obama on NewsChannel 5, NewsChannel 5 Plus and www.newschannel5.com.