History Detectives

Investigate gaps in national history and cultural legends with the country's top sleuths.


  • HDSI - Texas Servant Girl Murders

    Before Jack the Ripper, a serial killer walked the streets of Austin, Texas.
  • HDSI - The Disappearance of Glenn Miller

    In 1944, bandleader Glenn Miller boarded a plane for Paris and was never seen again.
  • HDSI - Civil War Sabotage?

    The steamship Sultana exploded without warning one night in 1865, killing 1,800 people.
  • 3-D Cuban Missile Crisis

    Investigating a projection screen with possible Cuban Missile Crisis connections.
  • Mysteries from the Wild West

    The History Detectives investigate four stories from the American West.
  • Bill of Sale, Cobb Powder Horn and the Star Spangled Banner

    Eduardo investigates the story behind a Bill of Sale for a 17-year old “negro girl".
  • Colored Heroes, Valley Forge Map and a Transistor Radio

    U.S. Senator Charles Schumer helps Tukufu track down the true story behind a WWI poster.
  • Vietnam Diary, Bootlegger’s Notebook and a Hollywood Ledger

    Wes searches for the family of a fallen North Vietnamese soldier.


  • Season 7, Episode 10

    Stalag 17 Portrait; Seadrome; Black Tom Shell
  • Season 7 Highlights

    Investigating strange and mysterious objects from the past.
  • Camp David Letter

    Could this box hold information about the founding of a secret Presidential retreat?
  • Elyse Luray on Being a History Detective

    Elyse covers the tough questions about being on the History Detectives beat.

About History Detectives

America's top gumshoes are on the case to prove once again that an object found in an attic or backyard might be anything but ordinary. Exploring historical objects and the stories behind them, History Detectives crisscrosses the country delving into legends, folklore and personal histories to discover potentially extraordinary objects in everyday American homes.