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 Anti-Slavery Flag Did this old sheet found in a family trunk contribute to the end of slavery in America?
- Techniques Do's And Don'ts Your definitive list of do's and don'ts when carrying out historical research.
- Investigations War Dog letter The military put great effort into a new War Dogs program during WWII. What went wrong on Cat Island?
- Investigations Stalag 17 Portrait What happened to the artist of this portrait made in a German POW camp?
- Techniques Appraising Getting a valuation using an independent source or expert opinion.
- Investigations Japanese Carved Cane What can the message on this cane expose about life behind barbed wire in World War II America?
- Investigations Lawrence Billy Club Was this truncheon used in the famous Bread and Roses labor strike?
- Techniques Building Background - Checklist A printable 'To Do' list to use when investigating buildings
- Investigations Diana How did this alleged lesbian autobiography escape censorship in the 1930’s?
- Investigations Annie Oakley Coin Was this coin a target for one of the Wild West's most popular female sharpshooters?
- Techniques Glossary A list of useful words and phrase for carrying out historical research.
- Investigations Bill Of Sale Who was this girl sold into slavery?
- Investigations U.S.S Indianapolis Are these WWII souvenirs remnants from one of Japan’s famous kamikaze attacks?
- Techniques Timber Dating Using ring sequences or radiocarbon dating.
- Investigations John Hunt Morgan Saddle Could this be a saddle from one of the most audacious attacks launched by the South during the Civil War?
- Techniques Case File: WWII Find out how this historian researched a relative.
- Techniques Textile Analysis How to find out more about a textile's origins.
- Techniques Analyzing Art - Checklist A printable 'To Do' list for analyzing art.
- Techniques Photographs Learn how to analyze your photographs.
- Techniques Historical Research It's your turn to be a History Detective.
- Investigations Black Star Line Is this certificate a rare artifact from the heyday of Marcus Garvey?
- Investigations Manhattan Project Patent Was this drawing part of America's secret plans to fuel the atomic bomb?
- Techniques Historical Research - Checklist Printable checklist to use when doing historical research.
- Investigations Fiery Cross What is the story behind this record?
- Investigations Cast Iron Eagle Did this 12-foot-high eagle once grace the old Grand Central Station in Manhattan?
- Investigations Women's Suffrage Painting What role did this watercolor painting play in securing women the right to vote?
- Investigations 1775 Almanac What do these crumbling pages reveal about divided loyalties during the American Revolution?
- Techniques Patent Analysis Find out the origin and detail surrounding an invention or innovation.
- Techniques Census Information How to use census records in your investigation.
- Techniques Analyzing Art Taking a closer look at works of art.
- Techniques Archives Learn how to successfully use archives for your research.
- Techniques DNA Analysis How to prove a person's identity.
- Techniques Ballistics Collecting clues and evidence from bullets and firearms.
- Investigations Amos n' Andy Record Is this aluminum record an early recording of the old-time radio series?
- Techniques Preservation Learn how to preserve papers, books, photographs and textiles.
- Investigations Car Tape Deck Is this an example of the first ever commercially produced car tape player?