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.
- Investigations NC-4: First Across The Atlantic Is this piece of fabric a remnant from the first transatlantic flight?
- Techniques Preservation Learn how to preserve papers, books, photographs and textiles.
- Techniques Ballistics Collecting clues and evidence from bullets and firearms.
- Techniques Oral History Learn how to record oral or spoken history.
- Techniques Weapon Dating Determining the age of a weapon.
- Investigations Nazi Spy Toys Did a Nazi spy buy these toy soldiers?
- Techniques Paper Analysis Learn how to analyze paper to determine its age and origin.
- Investigations Revolutionary War Poem How did this poem, written by an American prisoner in England in 1780 end up in Oregon 200 years later?
- Techniques Written Items - Checklist Printable checklist to use when examining written items.
- Investigations Slave Banjo Is this the only surviving banjo carried by former slaves following Emancipation?
- Investigations Lauste Film Clip How is this odd strip of film connected to the invention of talking movies?
- Investigations Coney Island Lions Could this be an artifact from the bygone days of early amusement parks?
- Techniques Textile Analysis How to find out more about a textile's origins.
- Investigations Body In The Basement Are these the remains of an executed prisoner of war from an English Civil War battle?
- Investigations Pebble in the Sand Is this rock found on a beach a link to an ancient civilization or just another pebble in the sand?
- Investigations Survivor Camera Did this antique camera save a Polish Jew during the Holocaust?
- Techniques Appraising Getting a valuation using an independent source or expert opinion.
- Investigations Grace Kelly Car Is this the car driven by an actress turned princess, which would give it a place in cinematic history?
- Investigations Tiffany Window What can this watercolor reveal about the unexpected world of one of America’s great artists?
- Techniques Do's And Don'ts Your definitive list of do's and don'ts when carrying out historical research.
- Techniques Preservation - Checklist Printable checklist to use when preserving an item.
- Investigations George Washington Portrait Could this be an authentic portrait of the nation's first president?
- Techniques Printed Items Learn how to analyze printed documents.
- Techniques Timber Dating Using ring sequences or radiocarbon dating.
- Investigations Annie Oakley Coin Was this coin a target for one of the Wild West's most popular female sharpshooters?
- Techniques Case File: My Indiana Home Finding out more about your home.
- Techniques Patent Analysis Find out the origin and detail surrounding an invention or innovation.
- Techniques Analyzing Art - Checklist A printable 'To Do' list for analyzing art.
- Techniques Stones And Minerals How to study stones and minerals.
- Investigations Baker's Gold What role did these unusual drawings play in one of the largest mass migrations in American history?
- Investigations Ventriloquist Dummy How did an African-American ventriloquist act become so successful in a time of racial unrest?
- Techniques Case File: WWII Find out how this historian researched a relative.
- Investigations Birthplace Of Hip Hop Did this Bronx apartment building give birth to a culture that now spans the globe?
- Investigations Woolworth Sign Were these signs part of the scene in an early victory for Civil Rights?
- Techniques DNA Analysis How to prove a person's identity.
- Investigations Creole Poems Does this manuscript contain words of love or illegal acts of rebellion?