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 Tiffany Window What can this watercolor reveal about the unexpected world of one of America’s great artists?
- Investigations Nora Holt Autograph Book Why did this Harlem Renaissance luminary own a book filled with U.S. Presidents' signatures?
- Investigations Bartlett Sketchbook Does a leather bound sketchbook hold the key to some of the US' most significant history?
- Techniques Very Old Objects How to discover fascinating history, from very old objects.
- Investigations Army Muster Roll What can a Continental Army muster roll tell us about this remarkable African-American soldier?
- Techniques Case File: Soldiers In Skirts How to use military records to help you learn about your family.
- Techniques Case File: Mystery Moran How to know if unwanted 'junk' is a hidden treasure.
- Investigations Newport U-Boat Did these propellers come from a WWII German submarine?
- Investigations Jim Thorpe Ticket Is this ticket evidence of a chapter of Thorpe's career forgotten by history: as a professional basketball player?
- Investigations Civil War Deringers Are these pistols union or rebel?
- Investigations Old Fire Station Did President Ulysses S. Grant stop by a New Jersey firehouse on the centennial of America?
- Techniques Paper Analysis Learn how to analyze paper to determine its age and origin.
- Techniques Do's And Don'ts Your definitive list of do's and don'ts when carrying out historical research.
- Techniques Patent Analysis Find out the origin and detail surrounding an invention or innovation.
- Techniques Case File: Quirky Quilts How to look after a very old quilt.
- Investigations Mexican Currency What role did this money play in the Mexican Revolution?
- Techniques Photographs - Checklist Printable checklist to use when analyzing photographs.
- Investigations Marion Carpenter Camera What might this battered camera reveal about a photographer who changed the image of a U.S president?
- Techniques Photographs Learn how to analyze your photographs.
- Techniques Preservation Learn how to preserve papers, books, photographs and textiles.
- Techniques Geological Analysis Learn how to identify probable age and origin of ceramic, stone and tile objects
- Techniques Military Research - Checklist Printable checklist to use when doing military research.
- Techniques Case File: Marriage Of Convenience How to discover things you didn't know about people.
- Investigations Andrew Jackson's Mouth How was this wood fragment connected to one of the most celebrated political protests of the 19th century?
- Techniques Glossary A list of useful words and phrase for carrying out historical research.
- Techniques Building Background Discover more about a building's history.
- Techniques Gun Timeline A timeline of firearm history.
- Investigations Ronald McDonald Costume Is this the costume that helped serve up a billion Happy Meals?
- Investigations Florida Map How did this faded map help unlock the riches of the New World?
- Investigations Lauste Film Clip How is this odd strip of film connected to the invention of talking movies?
- Investigations Shippen Golf Club Was this the golf club used by John Shippen when he made sporting history in the 1896 U.S. Open?
- Investigations Our Colored Heroes Is this a WWI recruitment poster... or something else?
- Investigations 1775 Almanac What do these crumbling pages reveal about divided loyalties during the American Revolution?
- Techniques Genealogy - Checklist A printable 'To Do' list to use when using genealogy.
- Techniques Ballistics Collecting clues and evidence from bullets and firearms.
- Investigations King Kong Camera Was this old movie camera used to film the original version of King Kong?