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History Detectives

Description

Exploring the stories behind artifacts and historical curiosities, with comments from academics and appraisers.

Upcoming Episodes

  • Andrew Jackson's Mouth; Modoc Basket; Hot Town Poster

    A poster with a clenched fist that describes police as "pigs"; a woodcarving of a mouth and chin that may have been part of an Andrew Jackson figurehead affixed to the USS Constitution; a basket that may be linked to a woman honored by Congress as a heroine of the 1872 to 1873 Modoc Indian War. (60 minutes)

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    WNIT InFocus 34.2 Stereo
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  • WB Cartoons, Galvez Papers, Mussolini Dagger

    A box of cartoon drawings and cels reveals information about the early days of animation and the people behind it; emancipation papers for a female slave that were signed by a regional governor; a dagger that may have belonged to Benito Mussolini. (60 minutes)

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    WNIT InFocus 34.2 Stereo
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  • Florida Map; Marion Carpenter Camera; Drug Smuggling Doll

    A camera that may have been used by the first female White House photographer to shoot a picture of President Truman; a 19th-century doll that might have been used to smuggle medicine into the Confederate South. Also: what a 15th-century map that has French, English and Spanish labels says about colonization of Florida. (60 minutes)

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    WNIT InFocus 34.2 Stereo
    WNIT InFocus 34.2 Stereo
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  • Chicago Clock, Universal Friends, War Dog Letter

    A family clock that may have been used to keep time for the entire Midwest during the 19th century; a document that may be linked to a religion founded by an American-born woman. Also: what went wrong with a WWII dog-training program on Cat Island (a Gulf Coast barrier island near Gulfport, Texas). (60 minutes)

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    WNIT InFocus 34.2 Stereo
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