The PBS Series History Detectives Visits Connecticut Next Week

Release Date: 02/09/2011

– Producers Visit Old Greenwich, Westport and Stratford –

The PBS series History Detectives travels to Connecticut during the week of February 13 to research two different upcoming stories for their Summer 2011 season of episodes.
The Visit to Old Greenwich
On Sunday, February 13, series co-host Elyse Luray and her crew travel to Old Greenwich to visit the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust and research the history of a women’s suffrage pennant owned by a Maryland woman. Inherited from her father, the purple and gold pennant is emblazoned with the words “Votes for Women” and an image of four women rallying around a fifth woman who stands blowing a trumpet. The pennant’s owner understands the item belonged to her grandmother, Addie Luther Blemly, who lived in Wolcott, N.Y. Luray sets out to learn the significance of this pennant and to find out whether Addie Blemly played a role in the Women’s Suffrage movement.

While in Old Greenwich, Elyse Luray interviews Lindsay Shannon, an art historian with a specialty in Woman Suffrage iconography. The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Trust opens their collection to provide Elyse and Lindsay examples of different icons related to the movement.
The Visit to Westport and Stratford
On Tuesday, February 15 and Wednesday, February 16, History Detectives travels to Westport and Stratford for an investigation into our nation’s significant aviation history.
For over 50 years, a man has cherished an object he inherited from his late father: a piece of fabric in Plexiglas with signatures of Charles Lindbergh and Igor Sikorsky and dated August 1943. His father said the fabric came from the Spirit of St. Louis, the airplane Lindbergh flew non-stop from New York to Paris in 1927. But why would helicopter inventor Igor Sikorsky sign this fabric? Since his father died when he was just a teen, the item’s owner didn’t have a chance to ask more about this souvenir. History Detectives co-host ­­­­­­­­­­Tukufu Zuberi seeks to find out whether these signatures are authentic and whether the fabric actually came from the Spirit of St. Louis.
On Tuesday, February 15, Tukufu Zuberi interviews John Reznikoff at his Westport-based company, University Archives, which deals in historic autographs and memorabilia. On Wednesday, February 16, Zuberi goes to Igor Sikorsky’s office in Stratford, Connecticut, to interview Sikorsky’s son, Sergei.
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Both the Women’s Suffrage pennant and the Lindbergh-Sikorsky fabric story will air during the History Detectives’ ninth season during the summer of 2011.
History Detectives is a popular PBS series where history investigators crisscross the country, delving into legends, folklore and personal histories to discover potentially extraordinary objects in everyday American homes, cities and small towns. Lion Television and Oregon Public Broadcasting co-produce the series. Find out more about the series at our website: http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/
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