Explore the stories behind historic sites, artifacts and tall tales told in cities across the country, with the help of an inquisitive team of fact-finders with an uncanny talent for uncovering the truth.
Was a picture frame crafted from the staircase banister of the Titanic, the Lusitania, or neither? Were Woolworth signs part of the scene at the 1960 Winston-Salem lunch-counter sit-ins? For 70 years, toy soldiers have haunted their owner with a question: Was the father of his childhood friend a Nazi spy? Then, a journal full of liquor recipes makes a man wonder if his uncle was a prohibition bootlegger.
- KET Wednesday, April 2 at 4:00 am EDT
Can the history detectives return the diary of a fallen North Vietnamese soldier to his family? U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta takes part in the exchange. A notebook with recipes for large volumes of liquor makes an Indiana man wonder if his rich uncle earned money bootlegging during Prohibition. What can a ledger tell us about Hollywood's treatment of Native-American actors?
- KET Wednesday, April 9 at 4:00 am EDT
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) helps uncover details about the heroic acts pictured in a poster of two African-American soldiers in World War I. Also, a hand-drawn map of Valley Forge used by George Washington, one of the first transistor radios, and a Washington man wonders whether a business card ties his father to Prohibition-era underworld crime.
- KET Wednesday, April 16 at 4:00 am EDT
The History Detectives investigate four stories from the American West including a biography of Kit Carson, a saddle that tells the story of Yakima Canutt, an inscription on sheet music of "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," and basket from the Modoc Indian wars.
- KET Wednesday, April 23 at 4:00 am EDT
Stories from our nation's beginning involve an early American bill of sale for a 17-year old "negro girl," a powder horn from the American Revolution, a handwritten score and the "Star Spangled Banner," and a 1775 almanac.
- KET Wednesday, April 30 at 4:00 am EDT
Official web site: http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/
TEACHER'S GUIDE: http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/classroom/index.html
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