History Detectives Season 9: New Night And Time
America’s top gumshoes are back on a new night (Tuesdays) at a new time (8:00 p.m.) to prove once again that an object found in an attic or backyard might be anything but ordinary. Wesley Cowan, independent appraiser and auctioneer; Gwendolyn Wright, historian and professor of architecture, Columbia University; Elyse Luray, independent appraiser and expert in art history; Dr. Eduardo Pagan, professor of history and American studies at Arizona State University; and Tukufu Zuberi, professor of sociology and the director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania leave no stone unturned as they travel around the country to explore the stories behind local folklore, prominent figures and family legends.
In the Season 9 premier episode, three cases will require the investigators to scour the country for clues and piece together the stories behind some intriguing historic finds.
In case number one, a veteran collector of cowboy gear thinks he may have a saddle that once belonged to rodeo champion and Hollywood silent movie legend, Yakima Canutt.
In case number two, the investigation hinges on two engine parts. The contributor got the parts from his father who served as an army mechanic in Hawaii during World War II. His father claimed that the parts came from a Japanese fighter plane that crash-landed on Ni’ihau during the attack on Pearl Harbor. History Detectives gains unprecedented access to the “Forbidden Island” to conduct this extraordinary investigation.
For case number three, a Charleston, SC antique dealer discovered a century old puzzle in a corked test tube. The tube contained what appeared to be metal filings. Could these shavings come from the cannon that sounded the first volley in the fight for southern secession?
Watch the Season Premier June 21, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS