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History Detectives: Chicago Clock, Universal Friends, War Dog Letter

Airs Monday, September 6, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Cherrie Stege (right) asks HISTORY DETECTIVES host Elyse Luray (left) to find out whether her family clock actually regulated time for the entire Midwest during the 19th century.

America's top gumshoes are back to prove once again that an object found in an attic or backyard might be anything but ordinary.

This parchment records the Incorporation of the Universal Friends Church, a controversial group, and the first religion founded by an American born woman. Why is the woman’s name missing from this critical document?
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Above: This parchment records the Incorporation of the Universal Friends Church, a controversial group, and the first religion founded by an American born woman. Why is the woman’s name missing from this critical document?

Wesley Cowan, independent appraiser and auctioneer; Gwendolyn Wright, historian and professor of architecture, Columbia University; Elyse Luray, independent appraiser and expert in art history; Dr. Eduardo Pagán, professor of history and American studies at Arizona State University; and Tukufu Zuberi, professor of sociology and the director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, leave no stone unturned as they travel around the country to explore the stories behind local folklore, prominent figures and family legends.

"Chicago Clock" - A Michigan woman wonders if her family clock kept time for the entire Midwest during the 19th century. The search takes HISTORY DETECTIVES host Elyse Luray back to the industrial age when the country first began regulating time.

"Universal Friends" - Then, a document seems connected to an early controversial religion -- the first religion founded by an American-born woman. HISTORY DETECTIVES's Gwen Wright wants to know why her name is missing from this critical record, the "Incorporation of the Universal Friends Church."

"War Dog Letter" - And, in an encore segment, detective Tukufu Zuberi heads to Cat Island, near Gulfport, to find out what went wrong with a WWII dog-training program there.

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Submit Your Mystery To History Detectives

Above: Let HISTORY DETECTIVES solve your mystery! Please tell us about an object that you think may have played a starring role - or was just along for the ride - among the newsworthy people, places or events in American history. This could be blackouts or boycotts, inaugurations or integration, pop art or pop culture, Joe Frasier or Joe DiMaggio, the Golden Spike or the Golden Gate and more! Send us your mystery.