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History Detectives

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Fri., September 26, 2014
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Whether two patches that feature a symbol of a bird dropping a bomb are from a World War II unit; if a neckpiece and leggings belonged to Chief Black Kettle, a Cheyenne leader; whether a President Lincoln-signed note is authentic. Also: A tattered piece of red fabric is linked to a pivotal moment in the U.S. Civil War.

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Fri., September 26, 2014
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Whether a picture frame was made from the staircase banister of the Titanic or Lusitania; whether Woolworth signs are from the 1960 Winston-Salem, N.C., lunch-counter sit-ins; whether the father of a man's childhood friend was a Nazi spy; whether a journal filled with liquor recipes means the original owner was a bootlegger during the Prohibition era.

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Fri., September 26, 2014
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta helps return a fallen North Vietnamese soldier's diary to his family. Also: whether a notebook of liquor recipes belonged to a Prohibition-era bootlegger; what a ledger says of how Native American actors were treated.

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Fri., September 26, 2014
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Whether two patches that feature a symbol of a bird dropping a bomb are from a World War II unit; if a neckpiece and leggings belonged to Chief Black Kettle, a Cheyenne leader; whether a President Lincoln-signed note is authentic. Also: A tattered piece of red fabric is linked to a pivotal moment in the U.S. Civil War.

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Fri., September 26, 2014
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Whether a picture frame was made from the staircase banister of the Titanic or Lusitania; whether Woolworth signs are from the 1960 Winston-Salem, N.C., lunch-counter sit-ins; whether the father of a man's childhood friend was a Nazi spy; whether a journal filled with liquor recipes means the original owner was a bootlegger during the Prohibition era.

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Fri., September 26, 2014
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta helps return a fallen North Vietnamese soldier's diary to his family. Also: whether a notebook of liquor recipes belonged to a Prohibition-era bootlegger; what a ledger says of how Native American actors were treated.

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Fri., October 3, 2014
6:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) helps uncover the story behind a poster that shows two black WWI soldiers. Also:a hand-drawn map of Valley Forge that may have been used by George Washington; a transistor radio that may be one of the first of its kind; a Prohibition-era business card that may reveal a man's father's underworld ties.

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Fri., October 3, 2014
7:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

A Kit Carson biography that may have belonged to his family members; a saddle linked to Hollywood stuntman Yakima Canutt; "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" sheet music with a curious inscription; a basket that may have been woven by a pivotal player in the Modoc Indian wars.

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Fri., October 3, 2014
8:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

A bill of sale for a 17-year-old "negro girl" leads to a story of a person who went from being property to owning property; a powder horn is linked to a Revolutionary War soldier from Massachusetts. Also: a handwritten score for "The Star Spangled Banner"; a 1775 almanac that shows strained family ties during the Revolutionary War.

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Fri., October 3, 2014
9:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) helps uncover the story behind a poster that shows two black WWI soldiers. Also:a hand-drawn map of Valley Forge that may have been used by George Washington; a transistor radio that may be one of the first of its kind; a Prohibition-era business card that may reveal a man's father's underworld ties.

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Fri., October 3, 2014
10:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

A Kit Carson biography that may have belonged to his family members; a saddle linked to Hollywood stuntman Yakima Canutt; "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" sheet music with a curious inscription; a basket that may have been woven by a pivotal player in the Modoc Indian wars.

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Fri., October 3, 2014
11:00 am
(60 minutes)

History Detectives  

A bill of sale for a 17-year-old "negro girl" leads to a story of a person who went from being property to owning property; a powder horn is linked to a Revolutionary War soldier from Massachusetts. Also: a handwritten score for "The Star Spangled Banner"; a 1775 almanac that shows strained family ties during the Revolutionary War.