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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 Superman Sketch/Lost Musical Treasure/Rebel Whiskey Flask #411 [TV-G]
An Ohio woman shares an undated sketch of Superman with a note from the creators, and a man from Port Washington, WI shows a pair of metal "masters" that were used to press shellac records. A woman in New Jersey wants to know whether a glass whiskey flask is a relic from the 1794 "Whiskey Rebellion."

  • KET2 Wednesday, November 19 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned Calf Creek Arrow/Doc Holliday Watch/Black Star Line Certificates #408 [TV-G]
A man wants to know whether the handmade point he found embedded in a bison skull is from the Calf Creek culture of around 3000 BC. A Tulsa pawn store clerk is intrigued by the potentially historic inscription on an antique watch. And a North Carolina woman wants to know the history behind two Black Star Line stock certificates that appear to have been signed by Marcus Garvey.

  • KET2 Wednesday, November 26 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned Continental Currency/Short-Snorter/Liberty Bell Pin #502 [TV-PG]
A puzzling $6 bill dated February 17, 1776; a British 10-shilling note dated July 25, 1942 and signed by a collection of luminaries from the Allied side of World War II; and an unassuming pin that, according to family lore, is made of metal drawn from the Liberty Bell.

  • KET2 Wednesday, December 10 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned GAR Photograph/Jefferson Pledge/Dempsey Fight Bell #503 [TV-G]
A striking vintage photograph depicting about 20 older white men in full-dress uniform, standing shoulder to shoulder with two black men; a list of signatures from public figures of the early 1800s, including President Thomas Jefferson, offering money to build a pair of elementary schools; and a bell at a local bar that might have been ringside at Jack Dempsey's legendary world heavyweight championship fight.

  • KET2 Wednesday, December 17 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned Atocha Spanish Silver/Lucy Parsons Book/Ernie Pyle's Typewriter #504 [TV-G]
Two silver bars from the wreck of the Spanish ship Atocha, discovered in 1985; a book at the Wesleyan University Library that's emblazoned with the name and address of the legendary anarchist Lucy Parsons; and a typewriter that may have belonged to World War II journalist Ernie Pyle.

  • KET2 Wednesday, December 31 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned Great Mexican War Posters/Nora Holt Autograph Book/Muhlenberg Robe #505 [TV-PG]
The detectives look into whether some Great Mexican War posters could identify an eyewitness to the Mexican Revolution, investigate the authenticity of an autograph book that may have belonged to Nora Holt, and get the real story behind the Revolutionary War-era legend of the Muhlenberg Robe.

  • KET2 Wednesday, January 7 at 6:00 pm EST

Closed Captioned Nc-4: First Across The Atlantic/Howard Hughes Crash/Professor Lowe's Hot Air Balloon #506 [TV-G]
A small square of canvas-like fabric that may have come from the NC-4, one of four U.S. Navy "flying boats"; a 1940s altimeter a Wyoming man received from his father, who claimed it came from Howard Hughes' Beverly Hills crash; and a piece of frayed material that could be a link to the dawn of American military airpower.

  • KET2 Wednesday, January 14 at 6:00 pm EST

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
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