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History Detectives

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3-D Cuban Missile Crisis Air date: 08-07-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2365057093/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false A woman in Portland, Oregon, has a portable projection screen that may have helped save the Free World. It came her way with a letter stating that in 1962, it was borrowed from a club of 3-D photography enthusiasts in Dayton, Ohio, to show President John F. Kennedy the aerial spy photos that helped... /episodes/get/9914 /episode/9914 History Detectives: 3-D Cuban Missile Crisis /episode-player/9914
Mysteries from the Wild West Air date: 04-02-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2354955653/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false We investigate four stories from the American West. Did this biography of legendary frontiersman Kit Carson once belong to members of his family? Then, a rodeo saddle tells the story of movie stuntman Yakima Canutt. Discover the meaning behind an inscription on sheet music of the popular western... /episodes/get/8437 /episode/8437 History Detectives: Mysteries from the Wild West /episode-player/8437
Bill of Sale, Cobb Powder Horn and the Star Spangled Banner Air date: 01-08-2013 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2323355629/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false In this episode, Eduardo investigates the life story behind with a Bill of Sale for a 17-year old “negro girl.” Gwen traces a powder horn from a muddy Minnesota field to the American Revolution. Elyse asks what role a handwritten score played in the creation of our national anthem. Finally, notes... /episodes/get/6624 /episode/6624 History Detectives: Bill of Sale, Cobb Powder Horn and the Star Spangled Banner /episode-player/6624
Colored Heroes, Valley Forge Map and a Transistor Radio Air date: 10-09-2012 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2285042567/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false In this episode, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer helps us find the details behind the heroic acts pictured in a poster about two WWI African American soldiers. Then, do we have a hand-drawn map of Valley Forge that George Washington used during the American Revolution? Finally we investigate an early... /episodes/get/5801 /episode/5801 History Detectives: Colored Heroes, Valley Forge Map and a Transistor Radio /episode-player/5801
Vietnam Diary, Bootlegger’s Notebook and a Hollywood Ledger Air date: 10-02-2012 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2284993448/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false In this episode, can History Detectives return the diary of a fallen North Vietnamese soldier to that veteran’s family? Then, a notebook full of recipes for large volumes of liquor makes an Indiana man wonder if his rich uncle was a Prohibition-era bootlegger. And what can an old ledger tell us... /episodes/get/1468 /episode/1468 History Detectives: Vietnam Diary, Bootlegger’s Notebook and a Hollywood Ledger /episode-player/1468
Titanic Picture Frame, Woolworth Signs, Nazi Spy Toys Air date: 08-07-2012 Watch
http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/2264466371/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false In this episode, was this picture frame was crafted from wood from the Titanic, the Lusitania, or neither? Were these Woolworth signs at the 1960 Winston-Salem lunch-counter sit-ins? And, for 70 years the owner of these toy soldiers has wondered if the father of his childhood friend was a Nazi spy. /episodes/get/1466 /episode/1466 History Detectives: Titanic Picture Frame, Woolworth Signs, Nazi Spy Toys /episode-player/1466
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Season 6, Episode 3
Is this scrap of fabric evidence of a secret wartime attack on the United States' mainland? Why did some New Yorkers plan a high society circus during the Great Depression? Could a box found in a dumpster hold information about the founding of a top-secret Presidential retreat?
Air date: 07/14/2008
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1140369933/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Is this scrap of fabric evidence of a secret wartime attack on the United States' mainland? Why did some New Yorkers plan a high society circus during the Great Depression? Could a box found in a dumpster hold information about the founding of a top-secret Presidential retreat? /episodes/get/1438 /episode/1438 History Detectives: Season 6, Episode 3 /episode-player/1438
Season 6, Episode 4
Can the symbols on this unusual item of clothing help identify a marine? Was this mobile home part of a modern-day wagon train halfway across the world? Could this piece of sheet music have come from Abraham Lincoln's private collection?
Air date: 07/21/2008
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1140593327/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Can the symbols on this unusual item of clothing help identify a marine? Was this mobile home part of a modern-day wagon train halfway across the world? Could this piece of sheet music have come from Abraham Lincoln's private collection? /episodes/get/1439 /episode/1439 History Detectives: Season 6, Episode 4 /episode-player/1439
Season 6, Episode 5
Was this device snatched from the burning wreckage of the ill-fated zeppelin? Is this stamp connected to a moment when the military bore weapons against fellow soldiers? Did this bell sit ringside at the world's first boxing superstar's legendary match?
Air date: 07/28/2008
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1142999769/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Was this device snatched from the burning wreckage of the ill-fated zeppelin? Is this stamp connected to a moment when the military bore weapons against fellow soldiers? Did this bell sit ringside at the world's first boxing superstar's legendary match? /episodes/get/1440 /episode/1440 History Detectives: Season 6, Episode 5 /episode-player/1440
Season 6, Episode 7
Is this shell from a devastating act of foreign sabotage on U.S. soil? Did this farmhouse door sail into battle in one of America's greatest naval victories? Did this unassuming house protect an American colony from attack almost 300 years ago?
Air date: 08/11/2008
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1142999794/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Is this shell from a devastating act of foreign sabotage on U.S. soil? Did this farmhouse door sail into battle in one of America's greatest naval victories? Did this unassuming house protect an American colony from attack almost 300 years ago? /episodes/get/1441 /episode/1441 History Detectives: Season 6, Episode 7 /episode-player/1441
Season 6, Episode 8
Do these pages open the book on a President who built a nation as his son fell into ruin? / What does this silver spoon have to do with the largest mass execution in U.S. history? Is this piece of fabric from the first transatlantic flight, eight years before Lindbergh?
Air date: 08/18/2008
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http://video.pbs.org/widget/partnerplayer/1143102719/?player=WGBY-PBS&w=512&h=288&chapterbar=true&autoplay=false Do these pages open the book on a President who built a nation as his son fell into ruin? / What does this silver spoon have to do with the largest mass execution in U.S. history? Is this piece of fabric from the first transatlantic flight, eight years before Lindbergh? /episodes/get/1442 /episode/1442 History Detectives: Season 6, Episode 8 /episode-player/1442
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