History

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.

Season 7, Episode 11

54m 38s

Could these music plates be the originals for "Take the A Train?" How is a stamp connected to the landmark civil rights case of the "Scottsboro Boys?" Has the discovery of an old bridge abutment changed the location of an historic site?

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
    Sep 25

    1 Hour

    Airplane engine parts; Civil War cannon; a 20th-century saddle may have belonged to a rodeo cowboy who created the role of the Hollywood stuntman.
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    Sunday
    Sep 25

    1 Hour

    U.S. World War II propaganda leaflet; Tiffany window artists; two descendants of Spanish Civil War soldiers unite.
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    History Detectives

    Sunday
    Sep 25

    1 Hour

    A raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; why U.S. troops were in Siberia during World War I; Ronald McDonald costume.
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    St. Valentine's Day Massacre; George Washington Miniature; Stalag 17

    Monday
    Sep 26

    1 Hour

    A 12-gauge shotgun may have been part of the St. Valentine's Day massacre; miniature painting of George Washington's profile.
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    Hot Town Poster; Face Jug; Lost City of Gold

    Tuesday
    Sep 27

    1 Hour

    A poster suggests a battle is brewing; face jug; an inscription may indicate when Spanish settlers first arrived in America.
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    Jackie Robinson All-Stars; Modoc Basket; Special Agent Five

    Wednesday
    Sep 28

    1 Hour

    A 1940s Jackie Robinson All-Stars scorecard; meaning of the name Toby, worked into the weave of a basket; why J. Edgar Hoover endorsed a radio script.
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    WB Cartoons; Galvez Papers; Mussolini Dagger

    Thursday
    Sep 29

    1 Hour

    A box of cartoon drawings and cels tells a story of the early days of animation; why a regional governor signed a slave's emancipation papers.
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    Chicago Clock; Universal Friends; War Dog Letter

    Friday
    Sep 30

    1 Hour

    A clock may have kept time for the entire Midwest during the 19th century; a document connected to a religious sect founded by a woman does not include her name.
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    History Detectives

    Sunday
    Oct 2

    1 Hour

    U.S. World War II propaganda leaflet; Tiffany window artists; two descendants of Spanish Civil War soldiers unite.
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    History Detectives

    Sunday
    Oct 2

    1 Hour

    A raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; why U.S. troops were in Siberia during World War I; Ronald McDonald costume.
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    History Detectives

    Monday
    Oct 3

    1 Hour

    Airplane engine parts; Civil War cannon; a 20th-century saddle may have belonged to a rodeo cowboy who created the role of the Hollywood stuntman.
  • Image
    History Detectives: TVSS: Iconic

    History Detectives

    Tuesday
    Oct 4

    1 Hour

    U.S. World War II propaganda leaflet; Tiffany window artists; two descendants of Spanish Civil War soldiers unite.
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    History Detectives: TVSS: Iconic

    History Detectives

    Wednesday
    Oct 5

    1 Hour

    A raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; why U.S. troops were in Siberia during World War I; Ronald McDonald costume.
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    History Detectives

    Thursday
    Oct 6

    1 Hour

    A Civil War soldier's letter; fabric from an aircraft could be linked to Charles Lindbergh and Igor Sikorsky; 1950s comic book "Negro Romance."
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    History Detectives

    Friday
    Oct 7

    1 Hour

    A propeller from a World War II drone; wooden club may belong to Theodore Roosevelt; letter possibly written by Clara Barton voices concern about a soldier.
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    History Detectives

    Sunday
    Oct 9

    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.
  • Image
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    History Detectives

    Sunday
    Oct 9

    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.
  • Image
    History Detectives: TVSS: Banner-L1

    History Detectives

    Sunday
    Oct 9

    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: TVSS: Iconic

    History Detectives

    Monday
    Oct 10

    1 Hour

    Japanese characters carved into a cane may unlock a family's past in a World War II relocation camp; wooden telescope; drawing of an eight-pound gold nugget.
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    History Detectives

    Tuesday
    Oct 11

    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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