History Detectives returns to PBS this summer beginning Monday, June 30, from 9-10 p.m. ET, and airs Mondays throughout the summer into September.
Exploring historical objects and the stories behind them, the show crisscrosses the country delving into legends, folklore and personal histories to discover potentially extraordinary objects in everyday American homes, cities and small towns. Of particular interest this season is “Web Investigations,” a new feature hosted on the series’ Web site – www.pbs.org/historydetectives – which launches with the season six broadcast debut.
Viewers can become History Detectives themselves by directly participating in online investigations of historical mystery items submitted by viewers of the broadcast series. Each week, updates and new leads will be posted to help users uncover the mysteries behind an object. The results will be announced online at the end of the investigation.
History Detectives is hosted by the four well-known antiques personalities: Wesley Cowan, founder and owner of Cowan’s Auctions, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio, and an internationally recognized expert in historic Americana; Elyse Luray, an appraiser, licensed auctioneer and historian of popular culture; Gwendolyn Wright, professor of architecture, planning and preservation and professor of history at Columbia University; and Tukufu Zuberi, head of the sociology department and director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.