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 Ballistics Collecting clues and evidence from bullets and firearms.
- Investigations Diana How did this alleged lesbian autobiography escape censorship in the 1930’s?
- Techniques Military History - WWII Learn how to research a WWII veteran’s military record.
- Investigations Nesbit Portrait Is this portrait a lost masterpiece by one of America's greatest artists?
- Techniques Case File: Soldiers In Skirts How to use military records to help you learn about your family.
- Techniques Glossary A list of useful words and phrase for carrying out historical research.
- Techniques Appraising Getting a valuation using an independent source or expert opinion.
- Investigations Snowshoe's Mailbag Was this the satchel Snowshoe Thompson used to deliver his mail?
- Techniques Case File: Quirky Quilts How to look after a very old quilt.
- Investigations Airstream Caravan Was this mobile home part of a modern-day wagon train halfway across the world?
- Techniques Building Background - Checklist A printable 'To Do' list to use when investigating buildings
- Techniques Analyzing Art - Checklist A printable 'To Do' list for analyzing art.
- Techniques Case File: WWII Find out how this historian researched a relative.
- Investigations Andrew Jackson's Mouth How was this wood fragment connected to one of the most celebrated political protests of the 19th century?
- Techniques Do's And Don'ts Your definitive list of do's and don'ts when carrying out historical research.
- Techniques Census Information How to use census records in your investigation.
- Techniques Oral History Learn how to record oral or spoken history.
- Investigations Independence Trumpet Is a Pennsylvania man's trumpet somehow tied to the Revolutionary War?
- Techniques Building Background Discover more about a building's history.
- Techniques Analyzing Art Taking a closer look at works of art.
- Investigations Slave Banjo Is this the only surviving banjo carried by former slaves following Emancipation?
- Investigations Valley Forge Map Did George Washington use this map during the American Revolution?
- Investigations Josh White Guitar What role did this guitar play in the transformation of the music industry in the 1960's?
- Techniques Textile Analysis How to find out more about a textile's origins.
- Investigations Cemetery Alarm Was this explosive device used to stop a morbid black market trade?
- Techniques Finding Experts How to source the correct expert to assist in an investigation.
- Investigations The Ni'ihau Incident What do these metal parts reveal about the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor?
- Investigations Cromwell Dixon Plane Fragment What could this faded scrap of fabric tell us about the first pilot to conquer the Continental Divide?
- Investigations Calf Creek Arrow Is this arrow found in a bison skull just another hoax or an incredible archeological discovery?
- Techniques Archives Learn how to successfully use archives for your research.
- Investigations Yakima Canutt's Saddle What leading role did this saddle play in the birth of the Hollywood cowboy?
- Investigations Koranic School Book Why does this 200 year old schoolbook contain two translated passages from the Koran?
- Investigations World War II Leaflets How did this scrap of paper help change the course of World War II?
- Investigations N.E.A.R Device Was this device invented to help Americans believe they could survive a Soviet nuclear attack?
- Techniques Case File: Hidden Meanings Finding out more about the author of a diary.
- Investigations Internment Artwork What is the story behind these watercolor paintings of a prison camp?