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Web site: http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/

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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.

TV Schedule

Hindenburg Artifact/Bonus Army Stamp/Dempsey Fight Bell #605 [TV-G]
An artifact that could be a souvenir of the Hindenburg disaster, a stamp that may be connected to the Bonus Army March on Washington in 1945, and a bell that may have been ringside at Jack Dempsey's legendary world heavyweight championship match.

  • KET2 Wednesday, March 25 at 6:00 pm EST

GAR Photograph/Bill Pickett Saddle/Hitler Films #606 [TV-G]
Encore segments include a Reconstruction-era photo of 20 white men in full dress uniform standing shoulder to shoulder with two black men; a saddle that may have belonged to Bill Pickett, an African-American Wild West Show star; and film canisters that may contain German home movies of Nazi officials—possibly even Hitler.

  • KET2 Wednesday, April 1 at 6:00 pm EST

Black Tom Shell/USS Olympia Glass/Front Street Blockhouse #607 [TV-G]
An intact artillery shell that may be left over from an attack on the U.S. during World War I, etched glass that may depict the cruiser commanded by Commodore George Dewey, and a house that may have guarded against attacks during the French and Indian War.

  • KET2 Wednesday, April 8 at 6:00 pm EDT

John Adams Book/Mankato Spoon/NC-4: First Across the Atlantic #608 [TV-PG]
A book that may have been a gift from John Adams to his son, a spoon that depicts an eerie scene, and a small square of fabric that may have come from a U.S. Navy "flying boat."

  • KET2 Wednesday, April 15 at 6:00 pm EDT

Shipwreck Cannons/Connecticut Farmhouse/Kahill Gibran Painting #609 [TV-G]
Objects that may be cannons from the 1846 shipwreck of the USS Shark, a Connecticut farmhouse that may have sheltered numerous Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, and an oil portrait that might be the work of Lebanese-American poet and artist Kahlil Gibran.

  • KET2 Wednesday, April 22 at 6:00 pm EDT

Blueprint Special/Monroe Letter/Atocha Spanish Silver #610 [TV-G]
A recording of a musical created by GIs for GIs to be performed anywhere in the world, a letter purportedly from James Monroe, and a silver bar from the wreck of the Atocha.

  • KET2 Wednesday, April 29 at 6:00 pm EDT

Slave Song Book/Josh White Guitar/Birthplace of Hip Hop #611 [TV-G]
A small, cloth-bound book, titled Slave Songs of the United States, has a publication date of 1867 and contains a collection of 136 plantation song; a Guild brand acoustic guitar that may have belonged to legendary African-American folksinger Josh White; and the birthplace of hip hop.

  • KET2 Wednesday, May 6 at 6:00 pm EDT

PsychoPhone/War Dog Letter/Pancho Villa Watch Fob #701 [TV-PG]
A couple in Cincinnati acquired a machine that may have been intended to record messages from the dead; dogs trained for war; and a watch fob commemorating Pancho Villa's raid on Columbus, N.M.

  • KET2 Wednesday, May 13 at 6:00 pm EDT

Manhattan Project/Galleon Shipwreck/Creole Poems #702 [TV-PG]
An invention that may have been used in the atomic bomb; a 23-pound block of beeswax with strange markings; and a French manuscript kept by an American family for 160 years.

  • KET2 Wednesday, May 20 at 6:00 pm EDT

St. Valentine's Day Massacre/Booth Letter/Cemetery Alarm #703 [TV-PG]
A gun that may have belonged to a member of Al Capone's gang, a letter allegedly written by John Wilkes Booth's father, and a device meant to guard against grave robbers.

  • KET2 Wednesday, May 27 at 6:00 pm EDT

Sideshow Babies/Lubin Photos/Navajo Rug #704 [TV-G]
A child who may have been exhibited in an incubator at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, an early movie mogul's dramatic rise and fall, and a controversial design woven into a Navajo rug.

  • KET2 Wednesday, June 3 at 6:00 pm EDT
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