The History Detectives have traveled the length and breadth of the country, delving into family legends, local folklore and stories behind potentially extraordinary objects in everyday American homes, cities and small towns.
Browse the investigations on the map and see what we've revealed in your area.
- Techniques Weapon Dating Determining the age of a weapon.
- Investigations Nora Holt Autograph Book Why did this Harlem Renaissance luminary own a book filled with U.S. Presidents' signatures?
- Techniques Glossary A list of useful words and phrase for carrying out historical research.
- Techniques Analyzing Art Taking a closer look at works of art.
- Investigations Woolworth Sign Were these signs part of the scene in an early victory for Civil Rights?
- Techniques Genealogy - Checklist A printable 'To Do' list to use when using genealogy.
- Investigations Exercise Records What role did these records play in the sculpting of america's fixation with fitness?
- Techniques Military Research - Checklist Printable checklist to use when doing military research.
- Techniques Case File: Soldiers In Skirts How to use military records to help you learn about your family.
- Investigations Harley Davidson Motorcycle Did this motorcycle see action in World War I?
- Investigations Tiffany Window What can this watercolor reveal about the unexpected world of one of America’s great artists?
- Investigations Vietnam War Diary Why did this story capture international interest?
- Investigations Japanese Carved Cane What can the message on this cane expose about life behind barbed wire in World War II America?
- Investigations Home of Lincoln Assassination Plot Did the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln begin in this New York City building?
- Investigations Silent Film Reel Could this film reel could be a silent movie once lost forever to history?
- Investigations Booth Letter Did the father of John Wilkes Booth threaten to assassinate the President?
- Techniques Case File: Marriage Of Convenience How to discover things you didn't know about people.
- Techniques Forensic Anthropology How to use a multi-disciplinary approach to uncover the secrets hidden in bones.
- Investigations Goering Gun Did this shotgun belong to Hitler's right hand man?
- Techniques Building Background Discover more about a building's history.
- Techniques Building Background - Checklist A printable 'To Do' list to use when investigating buildings
- Investigations Anti-Slavery Flag Did this old sheet found in a family trunk contribute to the end of slavery in America?
- Investigations Isleton Tong Was this building a safe haven for persecuted immigrants, or a hub for organized crime?
- Investigations Vicksburg Map Could this mysterious map have been at the front lines of one of the most explosive battles of the Civil War?
- Techniques Case File: Hidden Meanings Finding out more about the author of a diary.
- Investigations Manhattan Project Letter Did this letter help persuade President Harry S. Truman to change policy in the post war era?
- Investigations Bill Picket Saddle Did this saddle ride into cowboy history with one of rodeo's most daring innovators?
- Techniques Oral History Learn how to record oral or spoken history.
- Techniques Military History - WWII Learn how to research a WWII veteran’s military record.
- Investigations N.E.A.R Device Was this device invented to help Americans believe they could survive a Soviet nuclear attack?
- Techniques Appraising Getting a valuation using an independent source or expert opinion.
- Techniques Case File: Quirky Quilts How to look after a very old quilt.
- Techniques Historical Research It's your turn to be a History Detective.
- Techniques Photographs Learn how to analyze your photographs.
- Investigations Continental Club Card What secrets can this business card reveal about glamour and vice in 1930s Los Angeles?
- Techniques Timber Dating Using ring sequences or radiocarbon dating.