History Detectives

Genre: Documentary
Premiere: 2003
Network: PBS
IMDB Rating: 8/10
Sessons: 10
Full Episodes: 106
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History Detectives Series
Full Show Summary

Want to know if the family story about one of your ancestors is true? Or do you simply want to know what the history of that a treasured family heirloom is? The history detectives are the people to find the answers.
History Detectives S10E09 Four stories from the American West include a saddle connected to Yakima Canutt and the meaning of an inscription on sheet music for 'Tumbling Tumbleweeds.'
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Date Aired History Detectives Episodes
Season 1
14 July 2003 Season 1, Episode 1: Fire Station/Face Artifact/Pop Lloyd's Baseball Field
15 July 2003 Season 1, Episode 2: Bonnie & Clyde/Al Ringling Theatre/Sears Home
16 July 2003 Season 1, Episode 3: Morgan Whaling Ship/Witch's House/1909 Jigsaw Puzzle
17 July 2003 Season 1, Episode 4: Portrait of George Washington/Patty Cannon/Trumpet
21 July 2003 Season 1, Episode 5: Lee's Last Orders/Natchez House/Napoleonic Sword
28 July 2003 Season 1, Episode 6: John Brown's Letters/Japanese Tea House/Poems
04 August 2003 Season 1, Episode 7: The Depot That Made Dallas/Mexico Peso/Pirate Spyglass
25 August 2003 Season 1, Episode 8: Ventriloquist Dummy/Home of Lincoln Assassination Plot/34 Star Flag
01 September 2003 Season 1, Episode 9: Sheridan's House/Mark Twain Watch/Prisoner Poem
08 September 2003 Season 1, Episode 10: The Love Dish/Rebel Gun/Prison Plaque
Season 2
21 June 2004 Season 2, Episode 1: Civil War Submarine/Red Cloud's Pipe/Edison House
28 June 2004 Season 2, Episode 2: Monopoly/Japanese Internment Camp Artwork/Lewis & Clark Cane
05 July 2004 Season 2, Episode 3: LCT103/WW2 Land Craft/The Abolitionist Flag/Mail Order Brides
12 July 2004 Season 2, Episode 4: The First Movie Studio/UFA Light/King Kong Camera
19 July 2004 Season 2, Episode 5: Dueling Pistols/Evelyn Nesbit Portrait/Little Big Horn Bayonet
02 August 2004 Season 2, Episode 6: Preston Brook's Riding Crop/Home of Lincoln Assassination Plot/Revolutionary Wa
16 August 2004 Season 2, Episode 7: Ventriloquist Dummy/Witch's House/Poems
23 August 2004 Season 2, Episode 8: Bonnie & Clyde/Revolutionary War Poem/Portrait of George Washington
06 September 2004 Season 2, Episode 9: Lost Gold Ship/John Hunt Morgan Saddle/Cesar Chavez Banner
13 September 2004 Season 2, Episode 10: Pretty Boy Floyd Handgun/Paul Cuffee Muster Roll/Pop Lloyd Baseball Field
20 September 2004 Season 2, Episode 11: Charlie Parker Saxophone/Prison Plaque/Koranic School Book
27 September 2004 Season 2, Episode 12: Body in the Basement/Newport U-Boat/Shippen Golf Club
Season 3
27 June 2005 Season 3, Episode 1: The Spirit of St. Louis/Suicide Pin/Image of Apache Warrior Geronimo
07 July 2005 Season 3, Episode 2: Black Star Line Stock Certificates/Mickey Mouse's Origin/Pro-Nazi Newspaper in
14 July 2005 Season 3, Episode 3: Arthur Szyk's Earliest Cartoons/Professor Lowe's Hot Air Balloon/Chemical Warfa
25 July 2005 Season 3, Episode 4: Cherokee Bible/Slave Banjo/United Empire Loyalists
01 August 2005 Season 3, Episode 5: Portrait of George Washington/Revolutionary War Poem/Revolutionary War Cannon
15 August 2005 Season 3, Episode 6: Secrets of the Tape/Mountain Mail Bag/Banned Birth Control Box
22 August 2005 Season 3, Episode 7: Doc Holliday’s Watch/Civil War Female Soldiers/Japanese Internment Camp Artwo
29 August 2005 Season 3, Episode 8: Hermann Goering's Shotgun/Calf Creek Arrow/the Edison House
05 September 2005 Season 3, Episode 9: Coney Island Lion/Legacy of a Doll/Ballet Shoes
12 September 2005 Season 3, Episode 10: Leisureama Homes/Jim Thorpe Tickets/1667 Land Grant
19 September 2005 Season 3, Episode 11: Home for Unwed Mothers/Long Expedition Encampment/Evelyn Nesbit Portrait
Season 4
19 June 2006 Season 4, Episode 1: The Chisholm Trail/Harry Houdini Poster/McKinley Casket Flag
26 June 2006 Season 4, Episode 2: Wartime Baseball/Confederate Eyeglass/Howard Hughes' Invention
03 July 2006 Season 4, Episode 3: Coca-Cola Trade Card/Vicksburg Map/Lawrence Strike
10 July 2006 Season 4, Episode 4: Alternative Service Certificates/Carolina Mystery Books/Mickey Mouse’s Origin
17 July 2006 Season 4, Episode 5: U.S.S. Indianapolis/Highlander Badge/Spirit of St. Louis
24 July 2006 Season 4, Episode 6: Orphan Film Reel/Chinese Opium Scale/Hermann Goering’s Shotgun
31 July 2006 Season 4, Episode 7: Survivor Camera/Alcoholics Anonymous Letter/Tallahassee Mystery Cross
14 August 2006 Season 4, Episode 8: Calf Creek Arrow/Doc Holliday’s Watch/Black Star Line Stock Certificates
21 August 2006 Season 4, Episode 9: Grace Kelly Automobile/Illicit P.O.W. Photos/Mystery Motorcycle
28 August 2006 Season 4, Episode 10: Lou Gehrig Autograph/Cleveland Electric Car/Philadelphia Freedom Paper
04 September 2006 Season 4, Episode 11: Superman Sketch/Lost Musical Treasure/Rebel Whiskey Flask
Season 5
25 June 2007 Season 5, Episode 1: 3-D Cuban Missile Crisis/Amon Andy Record/Women's Suffrage Painting
02 July 2007 Season 5, Episode 2: Continental Currency/Short-Snorter/Liberty Bell Pin
09 July 2007 Season 5, Episode 3: GAR Photograph/Jefferson Pledge/Dempsey Fight Bell
16 July 2007 Season 5, Episode 4: Atocha Spanish Silver/Lucy Parsons Book/Ernie Pyle’s Typewriter
23 July 2007 Season 5, Episode 5: Great Mexican War Posters/Nora Holt Autograph Book/Muhlenberg Robe
30 July 2007 Season 5, Episode 6: NC-4/Howard Hughes Crash/Professor Lowe's Hot Air Balloon506
20 August 2007 Season 5, Episode 7: Red Cloud Letter/32 Ford Roadster/Cast Iron Eagle
27 August 2007 Season 5, Episode 8: Lincoln Letter/Quaker Map/USS Indianapolis
03 September 2007 Season 5, Episode 9: Bill Pickett Saddle/McKinley Casket Flag/Hitler Films
10 September 2007 Season 5, Episode 10: USS Thresher/Pete Gray Cartoon/Manhattan Project Letter
Season 6
30 June 2008 Season 6, Episode 1: WWII Diary/1856 Mormon Table/Annie Oakley Coin
07 July 2008 Season 6, Episode 2: Red Hand Flag/Seth Eastman Painting/Isleton Tong
21 July 2008 Season 6, Episode 3: China Marine Jacket/Airstream Caravan/Lincoln Forgery
28 July 2008 Season 6, Episode 4: Hindenburg Artifact/Bonus Army Stamp/Dempsey Fight Bell
04 August 2008 Season 6, Episode 5: GAR Photograph/Bill Pickett Saddle/Hitler Films
11 August 2008 Season 6, Episode 6: Black Tom Shell/USS Olympia Glass/Front Street Blockhouse
18 August 2008 Season 6, Episode 7: John Adams Book/Mankato Spoon/NC-4
08 September 2008 Season 6, Episode 8: Shipwreck Cannons/Connecticut Farmhouse/Kahlil Gibran Painting
15 September 2008 Season 6, Episode 9: Blueprint Special/Monroe Letter/Atocha Spanish Silver
Season 7
22 June 2009 Season 7, Episode 1: PsychoPhone/War Dog Letter/Pancho Villa Watch Fob
29 June 2009 Season 7, Episode 2: Manhattan Project Patent/Galleon Shipwreck/Creole Poems
06 July 2009 Season 7, Episode 3: St. Valentine's Day Massacre/Booth Letter/Cemetery Alarm
13 July 2009 Season 7, Episode 4: Sideshow Babies/Lubin Photos/Navajo Rug
20 July 2009 Season 7, Episode 5: Tokyo Rose Recording/Crazy Horse Photo/WWII Diary
27 July 2009 Season 7, Episode 6: Amelia Earhart Plane/Fillmore Pardon/Boxcar Home
10 August 2009 Season 7, Episode 7: Hindenburg Artifact/John Adams Book/Birthplace of Hip-Hop
17 August 2009 Season 7, Episode 8: Mussolini Dagger/Liberia Letter/N.E.A.R. Device
24 August 2009 Season 7, Episode 9: WPA Mural Studies/George Washington Miniature/Japanese Balloon Bomb
31 August 2009 Season 7, Episode 10: Stalag 17 Portrait/Seadrome/Black Tom Shell
07 September 2009 Season 7, Episode 11: Civil War Bridge/Scottsboro Boys Stamp/Duke Ellington Plates
Season 8
21 June 2010 Season 8, Episode 1: Space Exploration
28 June 2010 Season 8, Episode 2: Iwo Jima Map/Copperhead Cane/Theremin
05 July 2010 Season 8, Episode 3: Lauste Film Clip/Baker's Gold/Transatlantic Cable
12 July 2010 Season 8, Episode 4: Andrew Jackson's Mouth/Barton Letter/Spybook
19 July 2010 Season 8, Episode 5: Cromwell Dixon/Bartlett Sketchbook/Duke Ellington Plates
26 July 2010 Season 8, Episode 6: Korean War Letter/Diana/Lookout Mt. Painting
09 August 2010 Season 8, Episode 7: Stalag 17 Portrait/George Washington Miniature/St Valentine's Day Massacre
16 August 2010 Season 8, Episode 8: Hot Town Poster/Face Jug/Lost City of Gold
23 August 2010 Season 8, Episode 9: Jackie Robinson All-Stars/Modoc Basket/Special Agent Five
30 August 2010 Season 8, Episode 10: WB Cartoons/Galvez Papers/Mussolini Dagger
06 September 2010 Season 8, Episode 11: Chicago Clock/Universal Friends/War Dog Letter
Season 9
21 June 2011 Season 9, Episode 1: Yakima Canutt's Saddle/The Ni'ihau Incident/Civil War Cannon
28 June 2011 Season 9, Episode 2: Spanish Civil War Eulogy/Word War II Leaflets/Tiffany Window
05 July 2011 Season 9, Episode 3: Siberian Bullet/John Brown Pike/Ronald McDonald Costume
12 July 2011 Season 9, Episode 4: African American Comic Book/Lindberg-Sikorsky Fabric/Civil War Letters
19 July 2011 Season 9, Episode 5: Drone Propeller/Clara Barton Letter/Teddy Roosevelt War Club
26 July 2011 Season 9, Episode 6: Baker's Gold/Kittery Telescope/Japanese Carved Cane
23 August 2011 Season 9, Episode 7: Andrew Jackson's Mouth/Modoc Basket/Hot Town Poster
30 August 2011 Season 9, Episode 8: Marion Carpenter Camera/Drug Smuggling Doll/Florida Map
06 September 2011 Season 9, Episode 9: 1775 Almanac/Exercise Records/Moon Museum
20 September 2011 Season 9, Episode 10: Leopold Medal/Suffrage Pennant/WB Cartoons
27 September 2011 Season 9, Episode 11: Continental Club Card/Saint Valentine's Day Massacre/Society Circus Program
11 October 2011 Season 9, Episode 12: Chandler Tintype/Ince Ledger/Harlem Heirs
Season 10
17 July 2012 Season 10, Episode 1: Bob Dylan Guitar/Beatles Autographs/Frank Zappa Collage
24 July 2012 Season 10, Episode 2: Civil War Derringers/Fiery Cross/Motown Amp
24 July 2012 Season 10, Episode 3: Rogue Book/Empire State Building Plane Crash Piece/Bettie Page Slide/Hollywood
31 July 2012 Season 10, Episode 4: WWII Patch/Lincoln Oath/Chief Black Kettle/Marshall House Flag
07 August 2012 Season 10, Episode 5: Luxury Liner Picture Frame/Woolworth Sign/Nazi Spy Toys
02 October 2012 Season 10, Episode 6: Vietnamese Soldier's Diary; Bootlegger's Notebook; Hollywood Indian Ledger
09 October 2012 Season 10, Episode 7: WWI Poster; Valley Forge Map; Transistor Radio; 70-Year-Old Business Card
08 January 2013 Season 10, Episode 8: A bill of sale for a 17-year-old "negro girl" leads to a story of a person who
02 April 2013 Season 10, Episode 9: Four stories from the American West include a saddle connected to Yakima Canut