History Detectives

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Tuesday 9:00 PM on PBS Premiered Jul 01, 2003 In Season

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  • Web Extra: Wes on Fakes

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    8/14/12

    History Detectives host Wes Cowan talks about fakes and explains what happens when fake or stolen artifacts turn up his auction house.
  • World War II Patch: Bird of War

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    7/31/12

    A Louisiana man received a military style foot locker filled with papers that apparently belonged to a World War II airman, Lionel B. Potter. Also inside were two patches embroidered with an evocative symbol: a bird in the clouds dropping a bomb. Is this a unit insignia? He'?s turned the investigation over to Wes Cowan. Were these patches used in World War II? Who made them and why?moreless
  • Bob Dylan's Fender Stratocaster

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    7/17/12

    Is this the guitar that changed music? Two History Detectives dive into the provenance of a Fender Stratocaster that the owner claims was used by Bob Dylan at his legendary 1965 plugged-in performance at the Newport Folk Festival. Be sure to tune in to the History Detectives season premiere on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 9 p.m. ET.moreless
  • Beatles Autographs

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    7/17/12

    Two South Carolina brothers have a pair of Beatles autographs -- a menu signed by John Lennon and a publicity photo signed by Ringo Starr -- they collected in 1964, the year the Beatles first visited America. The brothers have cherished these autographs for years but aren'?t sure if they are real. Tukufu Zuberi takes on the challenge of determining whether these autographs are genuine or forged.moreless
  • Ford Roadster

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    8/20/07

    Discover what has been Tukufu's favourite mystery after 10 seasons of History Detectives. Tukufu got the chance to drive a 1932 Ford Roadster in this investigation from Season five.
  • Season 10 Preview

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    The History Detectives are back for a tenth season of fascinating investigations. They scour the country for clues and piece together the stories behind some intriguing historic finds: Bob Dylan'?s electric guitar that revolutionized Rock '?n Roll, a piece of the B-25 that crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945, Clint Black'?s 1909 book of wanted posters and more.moreless
  • The Spear That Stoked the Civil War

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    7/5/11

    Wes Cowan looks into whether this antique spear weapon was part of abolitionist John Brown's notorious Harpers Ferry raid. Our contributor bought the spear, or pike, from an antique shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio where John Brown is known to have lived. Follow Wes on the trail to the blacksmith who forged the weapon over 150 years ago and the ground at Harpers Ferry where the battle took place.moreless
  • Episode 1

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    6/21/09

    Did Thomas Edison invent this machine to unlock the secrets of the dead? What went wrong on Cat Island? Was the owner of this watch fob witness to Francisco "Pancho" Villa's infamous 1916 raid?moreless
  • Episode 1

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    6/30/08

    Does this diary hold the key to understanding the fate of a missing bomber pilot from World War II? Was this coin a target for one of the Wild West's most popular female sharpshooters? Is this tattered book a true account of female slavery in the old West?moreless
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