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Archives from 2010

Tukufu and Max Manning August 23, 2010 The History Detectives Team Pop Lloyd was a great baseball player. He’s in the hall of fame and one of his best students was a guy named Max Manning. Comments (0)

Correction: Cotton Club Interstitial August 6, 2010 The History Detectives Team We want to acknowledge a couple of factual mistakes in the Cotton Club interstitial which last aired on July 19, 2010. First, the Cotton Club did not launch Ella Fitzgerald’s career. Comments (0)

Viewer Comment: U.S. Army Air Corps July 28, 2010 The History Detectives Team Viewer Holand Davis shared this correction about the Iwo Jima Map story aired earlier this season. During the story (which I found fascinating), it was stated that the person who took the map from the Japanese soldier was in the Army Air Corps. Comments (0)

DIY: Lookout Mountain Painting July 26, 2010 The History Detectives Team The painting of the Battle of Lookout Mountain was by artist John Gisch. In the course of our investigation we discovered he fought during the battle for Chattanooga. Comments (0)

DIY: Moon Museum Update July 14, 2010 The History Detectives Team Thanks to all our viewers who submitted suggestions and leads to follow up on the Moon Museum story. We’re tracking down several of these, but at the moment we haven’t found the smoking gun, so please keep sending us any information you may have that could identify John F. Comments (0)

DIY: Clara Barton Letter July 12, 2010 The History Detectives Team In this story we investigated a letter written by Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. Dated July 1866, the letter reports the death of a man named Israel Brown. Comments (0)

Viewer Comment: Theremin Story July 8, 2010 The History Detectives Team Viewer Patrick MacKinnon shared this comment about the story Watched your interesting video on the theremin and learned much I didn’t know. However there is something I do know that was not mentioned in your presentation. Comments (0)

Viewer Comment: Iwo Jima Map July 6, 2010 The History Detectives Team Viewer Charles E Voigtsberger shared this information about the translation of some of the Japanese characters on the hand-drawn battle map featured in the Iwo Jima Map story. My wife reads Japanese and on the Iwo map of south island the legend that you have marked Mt. Comments (0)

Theremin story: Correction June 30, 2010 The History Detectives Team In this week’s Theremin story, there was an inaccurate statement regarding Vladimir Lenin. Lenin died in 1924, and therefore could not have directly sent Leon Theremin on an international tour in 1926. Comments (0)

Watching the Detectives: Early Space History June 21, 2010 The History Detectives Team Dr. Roger Launius, senior curator in the Division of Space History at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D. Comments (0)

Detectives Video Q&A: Eduardo Pagan June 18, 2010 The History Detectives Team We’ve arrived at Round #5 of Ask The Detectives. Every season, we receive hundreds of questions for our five Detectives: How long does it take you to research a story? How did you become a History Detective? What’s on your current playlist? We do our best to answer each letter and email individually, but this season we’re trying something a bit different. Comments (0)

DIY: Moon Museum June 7, 2010 The History Detectives Team WHO IS JOHN F.? And did he smuggle a piece of Andy Warhol art onto the moon? For our first episode of the season, we’re asking YOU to help us solve these mysteries. Comments (0)

How we solved it: Stylometric Analysis May 3, 2010 The History Detectives Team During Season 6 Tukufu investigated the book Female Life Among the Mormons, Maria Ward’s epic 1856 tale of her encounters with polygamy in Utah Territory. After reading the scandalous narrative, the owner of the book wanted to know who Maria Ward was and whether her story was true. Comments (0)

Detectives Video Q&A: Wes Cowan April 21, 2010 The History Detectives Team We’ve reached our final round of Ask The Detectives. Every season, we receive hundreds of questions for our five Detectives: What was your most memorable investigation? How many people does it take to produce an episode? How do you get kids interested in history? We do our best to answer each letter and email individually, but this season we want to try something a bit different. Comments (0)

DIY: Creating a Digital Archive April 19, 2010 The History Detectives Team During the research phase of History Detectives investigations, we rely on one tool more than any other: the digital image. We email them to experts, we enlarge them for details, and we use them to avoid handling originals any more than we must. Comments (0)

Letters (and flags and maps) from Iwo Jima April 12, 2010 The History Detectives Team We’ve read about dozens of copies of the Declaration of Independence, hundreds of Revolutionary War musket balls and every variety of Lincoln relics conceivable. But perhaps the most numerous story submissions are about souvenirs brought home by men who served in Japan during WWII. Comments (0)

It Pays To Know Your History March 29, 2010 The History Detectives Team A few months ago we profiled five History Detective Careers that we found especially interesting. One of our blog readers recently emailed us a follow-up question: I would like to know the salary ranges for the careers listed. Comments (0)

Semper Fi, Soochow March 23, 2010 The History Detectives Team Viewer Marge Orozco shares a personal postscript to our China Marine Jacket story: My father was one of the China Marines and I was so thrilled to learn more about the Shanghai that he lived in. I thought you might like to have a little more information about Soochow, the little dog that lived with the Marines in Shanghai and the POW camp. Comments (0)

Detectives Video Q&A: Gwendolyn Wright March 17, 2010 The History Detectives Team It’s time for Ask The Detectives Round #3. Every season, we receive hundreds of questions for our five Detectives: How did you become a History Detective? How big is your film crew? Where is your hometown? We do our best to answer each letter and email individually, but this season we want to try something a bit different. Comments (0)

Detectives Video Q&A: Tukufu Zuberi March 8, 2010 The History Detectives Team It’s time for Round #2 of Ask The Detectives. Every season, we receive hundreds of questions for our five Detectives: How long does it take you to research a story? Where was your favorite shoot location? How do you choose which stories to investigate? We do our best to answer each letter and email individually, but this season we want to try something a bit different. Comments (0)

Captain Pollard Horn March 8, 2010 The History Detectives Team This mystery came to us from Rebecca of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. She inherited a 20” long brass horn inscribed “PRESENTED TO Capt. Comments (0)

Remembering Howard Zinn, 1922-2010 March 2, 2010 The History Detectives Team "We interview many famous historians on our show, but when I sat down with Professor Zinn, I felt like I was about to interview the President of the United States. I could sense his passion for history when he discussed the plight of immigrant workers 100 years ago, and felt his political fire when he observed how the struggle continues today. Comments (0)

Detectives Video Q&A: Elyse Luray February 23, 2010 The History Detectives Team Every season, our viewer mailbag spills over with hundreds of questions for our five Detectives: How long does it take to shoot one scene? What is your favorite investigation? Where did you grow up? We do our best to answer each letter and email individually, but this season we want to try something a bit different. We’re going to let the Detectives respond themselves, by video, one sleuth at a time. Comments (0)

Referred by the History Detectives February 16, 2010 The History Detectives Team Our investigations have rewritten history, reunited people with their past and given voice to unknown historical figures. But we couldn’t have solved any of our mysteries without access to the many libraries, archives and museums spread across the country. Comments (0)

Fugo Story Hits Close to Home February 2, 2010 The History Detectives Team Our story about a swatch of the incendiary WWII Japanese “Fugo” balloon premiered in season 6, but it continues to air due to its popularity.  Berwyn Jones recently caught a rerun and wrote about his own blast from the past: I saw the story on the Fugo balloons, and when you showed the map of locations where they were found, I think you validated my Uncle’s story about one falling on his farm in northeastern Kansas, possibly the easternmost of the landfalls. Comments (0)

History Detective Careers January 11, 2010 The History Detectives Team Our hosts have enviable jobs. An 8th grade fan recently took notice of this and wrote: I am VERY interested in finding a career in history. Comments (0)