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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

Closed Captioned Red Cloud Letter/'32 Ford Roadster/Cast Iron Eagle #507 [TV-G]
A Nebraska man obtained a curious letter from his grandfather from the sculptor of Mount Rushmore to a Lakota leader named James Red Cloud; A man wonders if his 1932 Ford roadster was used for dry-lake racing, a sport that had its heyday in Southern California in the 1930s and 1940s; a cast-iron eagle in a New Jersey zoo may have adorned the old Grand Central Station in Manhattan.

  • KET2 Wednesday, January 21 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned Lincoln Letter/Quaker Map/U.S.S. Indianapolis #508 [TV-PG]
A Tampa man wants to know whether he has a genuine Abraham Lincoln signature. A New Jersey woman's hand-drawn map entitled "Meetings of Friends" may actually be a map of the Underground Railroad, and an Ohio man's intriguing artifacts may date back to a kamikaze attack on the U.S.S. Indianapolis.

  • KET2 Wednesday, January 28 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned Bill Pickett Saddle/Mckinley Casket Flag/Hitler Films #509 [TV-G]
Did a saddle owned by a Staten Island woman really belong to legendary African-American Wild West show and film star Bill Pickett? A Washington man shows a flag that may once have draped the casket of President William McKinley, and a contributor in Staten Island has several film cans, unseen since World War II, that he believes may contain home movies of Nazi officials—possibly even Hitler.

  • KET2 Wednesday, February 4 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned Uss Thresher/Pete Gray Cartoon/Manhattan Project Letter #510 [TV-G]
A stack of technical drawings and engineering documents that appear to have belonged to the nuclear submarine USS Thresher; storyboards from a comic strip about Pete Gray, the first one-armed major league baseball player; and a scrapbook of typed and handwritten documents connected with the top-secret Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb.

  • KET2 Wednesday, February 11 at 6:00 pm EST

WWII Diary/1856 Mormon Tale/Annie Oakley Coin #601 [TV-G]
The diary of a young American pilot stationed in England during World War II, an 1856 book purported to be the memoirs of a New York woman who was married to a Mormon elder, and an 1853 Napoleon field gun said to have been shot by Annie Oakley.

  • KET2 Wednesday, February 18 at 6:00 pm EST

Red Hand Flag/Seth Eastman Painting/ Isleton Tong #602 [TV-G]
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 Wednesday, February 25 at 6:00 pm EST

Japanese Balloon Bomb/Society Circus Program/Camp David Letter #603 [TV-G]
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 Wednesday, March 4 at 6:00 pm EST

China Marine Jacket/Airstream Caravan/Lincoln Forgery #604 [TV-G]
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 Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00 pm EST

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, 2015 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, 2015 at 6:00 pm EDT
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