PBS Series Features Bells
May 6, 2007 at 12:25 am #10579Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
PBS’ POPULAR “HISTORY DETECTIVES” SERIES RETURNS JUNE 25
FOR FIFTH SEASON OF SLEUTHING AND MYSTERY-SOLVING
INSPIRED BY VIEWERS’ SUBMISSIONS
Two New Segments Zero In On Historic Bells
The critically acclaimed and popular series HISTORY DETECTIVES returns to PBS for a fifth season beginning Monday, June 25, 2007, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) and airing throughout the summer into September. 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, cities and small towns.
HISTORY DETECTIVES is truly interactive television. As many as 75 percent of items investigated each season originate from viewer submissions of historic objects, family memorabilia and everyday collectibles found in homes, flea markets and garage sales. Each hour-long episode features three different segments in which the mysteries of an object’s provenance, authenticity and value are solved. The investigation puts each object into historical and scientific context and presents interesting tidbits on the piece’s lineage and social significance.
Two of the new segments focus on mysteries surrounding two very different bells. One is of paramount importance in American history while the other is now toasted nightly in a Nevada bar.
Episode Two, Monday, July 2, 2007, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
LIBERTY BELL PIN
A woman in Charlotte, North Carolina, owns an unassuming pin that, according to family lore, is actually made of metal drawn from the Liberty Bell. It seems unfathomable that a piece of one of America’s most iconic symbols could have been melted down for a mere memento. But the contributor’s great-grandfather claimed that he wore the pin to an event important enough to lend credibility to his unlikely story. Even a generation after the Civil War, America was still recovering from its traumas. Dramatic measures were called for to heal the nation’s economy in those dark days. Host Elyse Luray leads HISTORY DETECTIVES to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Atlanta, Georgia, to recall the staunch efforts for reconciliation during this tenuous time in U.S. history.
Episode Three, Monday, July 9, 2007, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
DEMPSEY FIGHT BELL
July 4, 1919, marks the day America found its true calling in a national obsession. Icon Jack Dempsey became the world’s first boxing superstar and he did it with the clang of a bell. Now, a contributor in Reno, Nevada, wants to know: Is the bell he’s toasted many a night on the wall of his favorite bar the one that was ringside at Dempsey’s legendary world heavyweight championship match? The question goes beyond a single fight. Dempsey’s bout ushered in the Roaring Twenties, America’s fascination with celebrity and the golden age of championship sports. Host Tukufu Zuberi leads HISTORY DETECTIVES to weigh in on the case in Reno and New York City, sorting truth from myth to determine which clues ring true.
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May 28, 2007 at 3:36 pm #13054bellhistoryMember
While on the subject of PBS, here in CA, PBS (California Gold producion by Huell Howser) has a one hour special called THE BELLS OF EL CAMINO REAL. Really neat movie, froundry making bells, placement and exciting history.
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