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History Detectives is devoted to exploring the complexities of historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths, and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects.

Traditional investigative techniques, modern technologies, and plenty of legwork are the tools the History Detectives team of experts uses to give new – and sometimes shocking – insights into our national history.

The hosts of the program are a high-energy quartet of renowned experts in the world of historical investigations. Their expertise ranges from architecture, popular culture and sociology to archeology, collectibles, and genealogy. The hosts and crew log thousands of miles each season crisscrossing the country investigating mysteries in your backyard.

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Description

History Detectives is devoted to exploring the complexities of historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths, and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects.

Traditional investigative techniques, modern technologies, and plenty of legwork are the tools the History Detectives team of experts uses to give new – and sometimes shocking – insights into our national history.

The hosts of the program are a high-energy quartet of renowned experts in the world of historical investigations. Their expertise ranges from architecture, popular culture and sociology to archeology, collectibles, and genealogy. The hosts and crew log thousands of miles each season crisscrossing the country investigating mysteries in your backyard.

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    Episode One

    America's top gumshoes are back. In this episode: a couple in Cincinnati acquire a peculiar phonograph at an antiques auction; a World War II collector from Kansas, has a cryptic letter from a soldier to another military man; and the new owners want to know more about a watch fob commemorating Francisco “Pancho” Villa’s murderous raid on the border town of Columbus, New Mexico.

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    • 54 Minutes

    America's top gumshoes are back. In this episode: a couple in Cincinnati acquire a peculiar phonograph at an antiques auction; a World War II collector from Kansas, has a cryptic letter from a soldier to another military man; and the new owners want to know more about a watch fob commemorating Francisco “Pancho” Villa’s murderous raid on the border town of Columbus, New Mexico.

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    • 54 Minutes
    • EPISODE 2

    Episode Two

    In this episode, 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.

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    • 53 Minutes

    In this episode, 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.

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    • 53 Minutes
    • EPISODE 3

    Episode Three

    In this episode, 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.

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    In this episode, 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.

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    • 54 Minutes
    • EPISODE 4

    Episode Four

    In this episode, 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.

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    In this episode, 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.

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    • 54 Minutes
    • EPISODE 5

    Episode Five

    In this episode, a recording that may have played a part in the World War II treason trial of Tokyo Rose, a photo ostensibly of Crazy Horse, and the poignant diary of a World War II pilot.

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    In this episode, a recording that may have played a part in the World War II treason trial of Tokyo Rose, a photo ostensibly of Crazy Horse, and the poignant diary of a World War II pilot.

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    • 54 Minutes
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    Episode Six

    In this episode, a fragment that may been a piece of Amelia Earhart's plane, a letter from President Millard Fillmore commuting the death sentence of a Native American, and a Colorado home whose supports may have been constructed from a railroad boxcar.

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    In this episode, a fragment that may been a piece of Amelia Earhart's plane, a letter from President Millard Fillmore commuting the death sentence of a Native American, and a Colorado home whose supports may have been constructed from a railroad boxcar.

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    • 54 Minutes
    • EPISODE 7

    Episode Seven

    In this episode, an instrument that may have been recovered from the Hindenburg, a book that may have been a gift from John Adams to his son, and a home in the Bronx that may have been the birthplace of hip hop.

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    In this episode, an instrument that may have been recovered from the Hindenburg, a book that may have been a gift from John Adams to his son, and a home in the Bronx that may have been the birthplace of hip hop.

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    • 54 Minutes
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    Episode Eight

    In this episode, a dagger that may have belonged to dictator Benito Mussolini, letters from a man who may have been part of the post-slavery exodus to Liberia, and a device that could have had something to do with nuclear attack preparedness.

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    In this episode, a dagger that may have belonged to dictator Benito Mussolini, letters from a man who may have been part of the post-slavery exodus to Liberia, and a device that could have had something to do with nuclear attack preparedness.

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    • 54 Minutes
    • EPISODE 9

    Episode Nine

    In this episode, mural studies that may have been commissioned by the WPA in the 1930s or 40s, a miniature painting that may depict George Washington, and a balloon scrap that may be a missing piece of a secret weapon.

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    In this episode, mural studies that may have been commissioned by the WPA in the 1930s or 40s, a miniature painting that may depict George Washington, and a balloon scrap that may be a missing piece of a secret weapon.

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    • 54 Minutes
    • EPISODE 10

    Episode Ten

    In this episode, a portrait created in a German prisoner of war camp, the Seadrome, a floating airport anchored to the ocean floor where trans-Atlantic passenger flights could refuel, and an intact artillery shell that may have been part of an attack on the U.S. in WWI.

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    In this episode, a portrait created in a German prisoner of war camp, the Seadrome, a floating airport anchored to the ocean floor where trans-Atlantic passenger flights could refuel, and an intact artillery shell that may have been part of an attack on the U.S. in WWI.

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    • 54 Minutes
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    Episode Eleven

    In this episode, the site where a bridge may have been burned to thwart General Sherman's attempt to cross into Columbia, South Carolina, a penny stamp that may be connected to a landmark civil rights case, and metal sheets that look like printing plates for Billy Strayhorn's "Take the A Train," performed by Duke Ellington.

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    In this episode, the site where a bridge may have been burned to thwart General Sherman's attempt to cross into Columbia, South Carolina, a penny stamp that may be connected to a landmark civil rights case, and metal sheets that look like printing plates for Billy Strayhorn's "Take the A Train," performed by Duke Ellington.

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    • 54 Minutes
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