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.
Red Hand Flag/Seth Eastman Painting/ Isleton Tong #602
A flag that may have been carried into battle by one of the few African-American infantry regiments in World War I, a painting that may be the work of Seth Eastman, and a two-story building that may once have housed a Chinese tong (secret society).
- KET2 Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 pm EDT
Japanese Balloon Bomb/Society Circus Program/Camp David Letter #603
A balloon scrap that may be a missing piece of a secret weapon; a circus program that connects a society woman, FDR, and the Boy Scouts; and a letter from Ronald Reagan that links a Navy captain to the development of Camp David.
- KET2 Saturday, May 25 at 8:00 pm EDT
China Marine Jacket/Airstream Caravan/Lincoln Forgery #604
A World War II Marine's jacket with stitched inscriptions, a vintage Airstream that may have made a historic journey, and sheet music bearing Abraham Lincoln's signature.
- KET2 Saturday, June 1 at 8:00 pm EDT
Hindenburg Artifact/Bonus Army Stamp/Dempsey Fight Bell #605
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 Saturday, June 8 at 8:00 pm EDT
GAR Photograph/Bill Pickett Saddle/Hitler Films #606
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 Saturday, June 15 at 8:00 pm EDT
Black Tom Shell/USS Olympia Glass/Front Street Blockhouse #607
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 Saturday, June 22 at 8:00 pm EDT
John Adams Book/Mankato Spoon/NC-4: First Across the Atlantic #608
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 Saturday, June 29 at 8:00 pm EDT
Shipwreck Cannons/Connecticut Farmhouse/Kahill Gibran Painting #609
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 Saturday, July 6 at 8:00 pm EDT
Blueprint Special/Monroe Letter/Atocha Spanish Silver #610
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 Saturday, July 13 at 8:00 pm EDT
Slave Song Book/Josh White Guitar/Birthplace of Hip Hop #611
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 Saturday, July 20 at 8:00 pm EDT
The Chisholm Trail/Harry Houdini Poster/Mckinley Casket Flag #401
The detectives explore the history of 19th-century cattle drives along the Chisholm Trail while shedding light on a local mystery, examine a rare poster of Harry Houdini, and trace the origins of a flag that may have draped the coffin of President William McKinley.
- KET2 Saturday, July 27 at 8:00 pm EDT
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