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Portrait of George Washington, Patty Cannon, Trumpet (#104Z) Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVG

* Portrait of George Washington - Washington, DC--Could a portrait passed down through a Washington, DC, family for generations actually be an authentic portrait of the nation's first president, George Washington? That is the charge for the Detectives in this fascinating episode. The investigators attempt to prove whether or not the famed artist Gilbert Stuart, whose resume includes the portrait of Washington that appears on today's dollar bills, was the artist behind the painting in question. Might this painting prove to be a national treasure?
* Patty Cannon - Frederick, Maryland-- Could a Maryland family's home once have been the headquarters for the slave trade of Patty Cannon, coined "the most wicked woman in America? " Legend has it that she was a villainous woman who stole slaves and kidnapped free African- Americans to sell them back to plantation owners. Now the Detectives team investigates to see if they can prove once and for all that this is in fact the former home of Patty Cannon. Will they be able to draw long-sought- after conclusions or will the mystery remain?
* Trumpet - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania--Is a Philadelphia man's trumpet, which he bought at a local auction, somehow tied to the Revolutionary War? That is the mystery the Detectives solve this time around. Inscribed with the name "Captain Lewis," the trumpet appears to have been used by the aforementioned captain during the battles that won America's independence from England. Will the trumpet prove to be a valuable piece of American history?

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  • KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 27, 2020 -- 7:00pm Remind me
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Lee's Last Orders, Natchez House, Napoleonic Sword (#105Z) Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVG

* Lee's Last Orders - Beech Island, South Carolina--In the archives of a gentleman's club in this rural town is what is believed to be a signed copy of one of the most famous documents in the history of the Civil War - Confederate General Robert E. Lee's farewell address, " General Order #9," composed at Appomattox, Virginia, upon the surrender of his troops in April 1865. The Beech Island Agricultural Club, a social organization formed by local plantation owners in the 1840s, has owned this copy for almost 120 years. Now, Milledge Murray, the group's membership chair and a descendant of one of the club's founders, has asked History Detectives to find out if local lore is true - is this really the "original" copy of "General Order #9?"
* Natchez House - Natchez, Mississippi-- On the "Spanish Esplanade" overlooking the Mississippi River, there is a magnificent home that for years was believed to be the original home of one of the Spanish dons who colonized the area. Recently, this story was discovered to be a myth. The original owner was actually a free man of color named Robert D. Smith, who built it himself in 1851, 14 years before the Emancipation Proclamation. The new homeowners, Ruth and Jim Coy, have been actively pursuing the history of Robert Smith and they have a question. According to a recently discovered record, Smith arrived in New Orleans on a slave ship. How did Robert Smith go from traveling on a ship full of captive individuals destined for servitude to owning a luxurious home? The Detectives trace the rise of this unique individual.
* Napoleonic Sword - St. Martinville, Louisiana--A magnificent sword that has been handed down for generations in a St. Martinville family has a mystery around it. The sword belonged to their great-great- grandfather, who was a doctor/soldier in Napoleon's battle for Austria in Wagram. Family lore has it that Napoleon was injured and their great-great grandfather treated his wound. He was rewarded with this sword. Is this really the sword of Napoleon?

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  • KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 3, 2020 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Tue, Feb 4, 2020 -- 1:00am Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Wed, Feb 5, 2020 -- 10:00am Remind me

Jackie Robinson All-Stars, Modoc Basket, Special Agent Five (#809H) Duration: 55:16 STEREO TVPG

Tukufu Zuberi tallies the facts on a 1940s Jackie Robinson All-Stars scorecard. Black and white athletes played this game before Robinson became the first black major league baseball player. What role did this game play in the integration of major league baseball? Then, we see the name 'Toby' worked into the weave of this basket. Could that be Toby Riddle, the woman congress honored as a heroine of the Indian Wars of the American West? And, why would J. Edgar Hoover endorse a crime radio drama? Does the script portray actual events?

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  • KQED Plus: Sat, Feb 8, 2020 -- 6:00am Remind me

John Brown's Letters, Japanese House, Poems (#106Z) Duration: 55:15 STEREO TVG

* John Brown's Letters - Sacramento, California--A woman in Sacramento, California, has reason to believe she may be a relative of John Brown, the 19th-century abolitionist. Do her grandmother's letters prove that she is a descendant of the historical figure? The Detectives attempt to answer her query once and for all with a series of investigations into the authenticity of the letters and her family tree. Will this investigation prove to be a crucial piece in the puzzle of her family history?
* Japanese Tea House - Gilroy, California--How did an authentic Japanese tea house become part of the famed San Francisco World's Fair in a time just preceding World War II? The Detectives attempt to reveal the origins of the tea house and explain how it came to be featured in the fair at a time shortly before Japanese internment camps were established. How did the tea house make its way to America in the first place, and who was behind its inclusion in the fair?
* Poems -San Francisco, California--In the first half of the 20th century, nearly 250,000 Chinese immigrants attempted to enter the United States. Because of discrimination against Chinese, and laws meant to impede their passage, most were detained and interrogated on Angel Island, America's west coast immigration center. The experience of these immigrants is documented in hundreds of poems that have been carved into the walls of the Angel Island detention center. Many of these have been translated, but little is known about the authors. Kathleen Wong, a second-generation Chinese-American, believes that her grandfather and great-grandfather spent time on the island and that her great-grandfather committed suicide there. She knows little about her ancestors' experience on Angel Island and their possible connection with the poems. History Detectives will investigate the story of her family's passage to the United States to find out if any of the poems were written by her ancestors.

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  • KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 10, 2020 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Tue, Feb 11, 2020 -- 1:00am Remind me
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The Depot That Made Dallas, Mexican Peso, Pirate Spyglass (#107Z) Duration: 55:15 STEREO TVG

* The Depot That Made Dallas - A local historian in Dallas, Texas, has a question about an early railroad station in the middle of Dallas. He wants to know if this building was the first railroad station in Texas - and if so, was it responsible for creating the bustling metropolis that Dallas is today? HD hits town to investigate this railroad mystery.
* Mexican Peso - A man from San Antonio, Texas, found what looked like Mexican currency among his late great-grandfather's possessions. Are they linked to the Mexican bandits Zapata and Pancho Villa? Did they play a part in the Mexican revolution in the1910s and if so, how did they get into the hands of his great-grandfather, a quiet family man from San Antonio?
* Pirate Spyglass - Jean Lafitte has been called a fearsome pirate, an ingenious privateer and a war hero. His exploits are still recounted today in Texas and Louisiana. A librarian in Texas City, Texas, has a spyglass she believes may once have belonged to Lafitte. Old, but still in working condition, the object was donated to the local library by a descendent of Jim Campbell - a founder of the town and one of Lafitte's captains. Did Jean Lafitte give his trusted captain a spyglass, and if he did - is this Jean Lafitte's spyglass?

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  • KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 17, 2020 -- 7:00pm Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Tue, Feb 18, 2020 -- 1:00am Remind me
  • KQED Plus: Wed, Feb 19, 2020 -- 10:00am Remind me

Ventriloquist Dummy/Home of Lincoln Assassination Plot/34 Star Flag (#108Z) Duration: 55:15 STEREO TVG

* Ventriloquist Dummy - An African American woman in Brooklyn, New York, has her father's black ventriloquist dummy, "Sam." Her father, John Cooper, was the first famous African-American ventriloquist. In a time of minstrel stereotypes, did "Sam" help transform how Americans viewed race in the early 20th century? How was this dummy created, and was it meant to be a protest against racial prejudice? < br />* Home of Lincoln Assassination Plot - A resident of Greenwich Village, New York, has a question about the home in which she's been living for the last few years. She's heard a rumor that John Wilkes Booth, the infamous assassin of Abraham Lincoln, spent some time in her house. Not only that, she's heard that her home is where the plot for the assassination was hatched. Is this really where Lincoln's murder was planned?
* 34 Star Flag - Twenty years ago, the Staten Island Historical Society received a beautiful 34-star flag and a fascinating mystery. Patched together with bits of fabric much like a quilt, the flag flew at a boarding house on Staten Island. According to local legend, an angry mob approached the owner of the boarding house. The mob claimed that one of his boarders had hung a Confederate flag outside the window. It was just before the outbreak of the Civil War, and with tensions running high the mob was threatening to burn down the boarding house. As several other buildings were already in flames, the owner knew to take them seriously. He ran back to tear down the flag, but that did not satisfy the crowd. To save his building from being burnt to the ground, he replaced the rebel flag with the 34-star U.S. flag. The Staten Island Historical Society wants to know, is there any truth to this story?

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  • KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 24, 2020 -- 7:00pm Remind me
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