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History Detectives

America's top gumshoes are on the case to prove once again that an object found in an attic or backyard might be anything but ordinary. Exploring historical objects and the stories behind them, History Detectives crisscrosses the country delving into legends, folklore and personal histories to discover potentially extraordinary objects in everyday American homes.

HDSI - Texas Servant Girl Murders

54m 41s

Before Jack the Ripper, a serial killer walked the streets of Austin, Texas. Can modern forensics help the History Detectives crack the case?

Episodes

  • HDSI - Texas Servant Girl Murders: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    HDSI - Texas Servant Girl Murders

    S11 E3 - 54m 41s

    Before Jack the Ripper, a serial killer walked the streets of Austin, Texas. Can modern forensics help the History Detectives crack the case?

  • HDSI - The Disappearance of Glenn Miller: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    HDSI - The Disappearance of Glenn Miller

    S11 E2 - 54m 41s

    In 1944, bandleader Glenn Miller boarded a plane for Paris and was never seen or heard from again. Can the History Detectives find out what happened?

  • HDSI - Civil War Sabotage? : asset-mezzanine-16x9

    HDSI - Civil War Sabotage?

    S11 E1 - 54m 41s

    The steamship Sultana exploded without warning one night in 1865, killing 1,800 people. Was the disaster a result of Civil War sabotage?

Extras + Features

  • HDSI: Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    HDSI: Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa

    S11 E4 - 31s

    While others have concentrated on locating Hoffa’s body, the History Detectives are after the answer to the more important question: Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?”

Schedule

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    History Detectives

    Sunday
    May 22

    1 Hour

    A 1960s poster suggests a battle between citizens and police; carving of Andrew Jackson; a basket tells the story of a Modoc War heroine.
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    Sunday
    May 22

    1 Hour

    A camera may have been used to photograph President Truman; Civil War doll may have been used to smuggle medicine; a 15th-century map shows how Europe colonized Florida.
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    Sunday
    May 22

    1 Hour

    A 1775 Almanac; a 1920s media exercise guru; whether NASA may have transported Andy Warhol's art to the moon.
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    Fiery Cross; Civil War Deringers; Motown Amp

    Monday
    May 23

    1 Hour

    The search for a man whose name is engraved on a rare matched set of Civil War-era pistols; the story behind an old 78 rpm; a battered Ampeg B-15 amp.
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    History Detectives

    Tuesday
    May 24

    1 Hour

    Clint Black's turn-of-the-20th-century book of wanted posters; whether a piece of molten metal came from a B-25 Bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building.
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    Wednesday
    May 25

    1 Hour

    The meaning of a symbol of a bird dropping a bomb; a tiny swatch of tattered red fabric may be tied to the U.S. Civil War.
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    History Detectives

    Thursday
    May 26

    1 Hour

    A picture frame that may have come from the Titanic or Lusitania; Woolworth signs; toy soldiers; journal full of liquor recipes.
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    Friday
    May 27

    1 Hour

    A North Vietnamese soldier's diary; notebook with recipes for large volumes of liquor; ledger sheds light on how American Indian actors were treated in Hollywood.
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    History Detectives

    Sunday
    May 29

    1 Hour

    Digging deeper into the complexities of historical mysteries, this popular PBS program uses traditional investigative techniques, modern technologies and old-fashioned legwork to provide new insights into our national history, and oftentimes presents a human story associated with age-old artifacts. The hosts include appraiser Wes Cowan, art historian Elyse Luray, and authors and professors Gwen Wright and Tukufu Zuberi.
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    History Detectives

    Sunday
    May 29

    1 Hour

    Digging deeper into the complexities of historical mysteries, this popular PBS program uses traditional investigative techniques, modern technologies and old-fashioned legwork to provide new insights into our national history, and oftentimes presents a human story associated with age-old artifacts. The hosts include appraiser Wes Cowan, art historian Elyse Luray, and authors and professors Gwen Wright and Tukufu Zuberi.
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    History Detectives

    Sunday
    May 29

    1 Hour

    Digging deeper into the complexities of historical mysteries, this popular PBS program uses traditional investigative techniques, modern technologies and old-fashioned legwork to provide new insights into our national history, and oftentimes presents a human story associated with age-old artifacts. The hosts include appraiser Wes Cowan, art historian Elyse Luray, and authors and professors Gwen Wright and Tukufu Zuberi.
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    History Detectives

    Tuesday
    May 31

    1 Hour

    Four stories from the American West include a saddle connected to Yakima Canutt and the meaning of an inscription on sheet music for "Tumbling Tumbleweeds."
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    History Detectives

    Wednesday
    Jun 1

    1 Hour

    A bill of sale for a 17-year-old black girl; powder horn; handwritten score helps make "The Star-Spangled Banner" the national anthem; 1775 almanac.
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    WWII Diary; 1856 Mormon Tale; Annie Oakley Coin

    Thursday
    Jun 2

    1 Hour

    A diary written by a World War II pilot; an 1856 book about a woman married to a Mormon elder when polygamy was openly practiced; coin shot by Annie Oakley.
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    Red Hand Flag; Seth Eastman Painting; Isleton Tong

    Friday
    Jun 3

    1 Hour

    A flag that may have been carried into battle by a black infantry regiment during World War I; painting may have been done by military officer Seth Eastman.
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    Frank Zappa Collage; Beatles Autographs; Bob Dylan Guitar

    Sunday
    Jun 5

    1 Hour

    Electric Fender Stratocaster that may have been used by Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival; autographs allegedly signed during the Beatles' 1964 tour of the U.S.
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    History Detectives

    Fiery Cross; Civil War Deringers; Motown Amp

    Sunday
    Jun 5

    1 Hour

    The search for a man whose name is engraved on a rare matched set of Civil War-era pistols; the story behind an old 78 rpm; a battered Ampeg B-15 amp.
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    History Detectives

    Sunday
    Jun 5

    1 Hour

    Clint Black's turn-of-the-20th-century book of wanted posters; whether a piece of molten metal came from a B-25 Bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building.
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    Japanese Balloon Bomb; Society Circus Program; Camp David Letter

    Monday
    Jun 6

    1 Hour

    Scrap could be evidence of the Japanese balloon bomb; Cobina Wright's Society Circus; memorabilia reveals the beginning of Camp David.
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    China Marine Jacket; Airstream Caravan; Lincoln Forgery

    Tuesday
    Jun 7

    1 Hour

    An embroidered jacket may have belonged to a member of the China Marines; Airstream trailer may have been a member of the Wally Byam Caravan Club.

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