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'America's Lost Treasures' to Uncover History



The new National Geographic Channel series from the producers of "Deadliest Catch" and "Ice Road Truckers" will visit 10 cities in search of objects with historical importance and unexpected value.



"America's Lost Treasures" scene showing an original light bulb from Thomas Edison’s factory
America's Lost Treasures scene showing an original light bulb from Thomas Edison’s factoryNovember 10, 2011

Thom Beers in "The Colony"
Thom Beers in "The Colony"
Thom Beers in "The Colony" - © Discovery Channel
WASHINGTON, DC — Across America, in basements and barns, attics and backyards, there are forgotten links to our national history. Objects with unexpected value and incredible true stories are just waiting to be uncovered. And now the National Geographic Channel is on a quest to do just that!

NGC announced today the start of production for the new 10-episode series "America's Lost Treasures" (working title). The series, by Original Productions and acclaimed Emmy Award-winning executive producer Thom Beers ("Deadliest Catch," "Ice Road Truckers"), will visit 10 cities across America in search of objects with historical importance and unexpected value.  



"In America, our national treasures are everywhere," said Thom Beers. "But the history books only tell part of the story. We are excited to partner with National Geographic Channel to uncover the hidden collectibles and heirlooms which tell incredible stories of the people of this great country throughout our history."

National Geographic Channel is asking viewers in the 10 pre-selected cities to submit their family heirlooms, found objects, and other perceived treasures online for a chance to be a part of the series. 

"The more unusual, the more unique, the more mysterious, the better," added Michael Cascio, Senior Vice President of Content for NGC. "I don't think people actually realize the historical significance, and potential financial value, of items which have been passed down generation to generation. Now is their chance!"

Five to six objects per city will be chosen to be featured in the show, and the two series hosts, with the aid of key staff from a prestigious museum in each city and other independent experts and appraisers, will investigate the object further to reveal the story behind the artifact as well as its worth. Each episode will also take viewers on a behind-the-scenes look at museum research facilities, advanced equipment and authentication teams as we investigate each potential American treasure. 

At the end of each episode, owners and their families will gather back at the museum to learn the true story behind their treasured objects. Top possessions featured in the series will receive $10,000 as special recognition for the importance of their artifact in American history.

Cities include:
  • Los Angeles, CA – November 7, 2011
  • Santa Ana, CA – November 14, 2011
  • New Orleans, LA – November 29, 2011
  • Savannah, GA – December 5, 2011
  • Austin, TX – January 5, 2012
  • Kansas City, MO – January 11, 2012
  • Philadelphia, PA – January 23, 2012
  • Winterthur, DE – January 29, 2012
  • Detroit, MI – February 13, 2012
"America's Lost Treasures" is produced by Thom Beers' Original Productions, a FremantleMedia Company. For Original Productions, executive producers are Thom Beers and Philip D. Segal; co-executive producers are Gayle Gilman and Jeff Conroy. For the National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Kathleen Cromley and executive vice president of programming is Michael Cascio.