The History Detectives’ upcoming season features several episodes of interest to readers of True West. The June 30, 2008, show (and these are repeated often on various PBS stations around the country) investigates an 1853 French Napoleon coin that may or may not have been damaged by a bullet fired from Wild West show star Annie Oakley’s gun in an exhibition of marksmanship. Host Elyse Luray takes the coin to Cody, Wyoming, to conduct ballistics tests and to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
On July 2, 2008, one of the show’s segments will test the authenticity of an oil painting that may be the work of Brigadier Gen. Seth Eastman, who painted the Dakota in the early to mid-1800s. Eastman also illustrated 275 pages in the six-volume Information Regarding the History, Conditions, and Prospects of the Indian Tribes of the United States.
And for those of you who may have missed it the first time, on August 4, 2008, you can catch the episode investigating a saddle believed to be linked to the black Wild West rodeo star Bill Pickett.