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America's Lost Treasures

Original Thomas Edison Light Bulb

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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!

In our new 10-epiosde series, America’s Lost Treasures, we are coming to cities across America in search of historical objects with unexpected value – AND WE WANT YOU TO BE PART OF THE SHOW!

Do you have a Civil War era musket?  Letters or documents from the founding fathers?  Ancient Native American artifacts, antique musical instruments, or pop-culture collectibles?

If you’ve got a prized family heirloom, or found object, with a connection to history and a great story behind it, your artifact could be eligible for a $10,000 Award and inclusion in a future National Geographic exhibit.

Over the next few months we’ll be shooting the show at top museums in the following cities:

  • Los Angeles, CA. – November 7th, 2011
  • Santa Ana, CA. – November 14th, 2011
  • New Orleans, LA. – November 29th, 2011
  • Savannah, GA. – December 5th, 2011
  • Austin, TX. – January 5th, 2012
  • Kansas City, MO. – January 11th, 2012
  • Philadelphia, PA. – January 23rd, 2012
  • Winterthur, DE. – January 30th, 2012
  • Los Angeles, CA. – February 13th, 2012
  • Milwaukee, WI. – February 19th, 2012


You’ll have the opportunity to bring it to a major museum in one of these cities and have it examined by experts to find out how your object fits into the rich tapestry of American history.

If you have something that relates to a person, place, or event that you think may have historical significance contact us ASAP, as space is limited!


Mocara Velasquez
Mocara Velasquez

I have  A parchment paper of The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen States of America it appears to be very old and has changed colors and ripped in two pieces. I have had it since 2003 or 2004. I got it out of a old  chest. that a friend had left behind. I  am very interested in finding out if it is real or not please contact me at 1-334-421-9793 . or email or thankyou so much and hope to hear from you soon. 

Eric Glant
Eric Glant

 Hello, I came across some papers that I know are not real due to their good condition,  however I'm not sure if they are of any significance to anyone except as a conversational piece on the wall. They are....

1. Bill of Rights

2. The Monroe Doctrine

3. Emancipation Proclamation

4. The Gettysburg Address

5. The Declaration of Independence

They are printed on thin, manila colored paper that is somewhat transparent and have some wear to them.

I don't know if someone picked them up in a store or a garage sale for 10 bucks, not even quite sure how they came into my possession.  I just thought I'd let someone know about them.

Thank you for your time.

Eric Glant 

Deborah Tabor-Hoffman
Deborah Tabor-Hoffman

Hi.  The actual plane, a Staggerwing C17R # N15835, 1936, the plane flown by Louise Thadden and Blanch Noyse in the Bendix race that beat Amelia Earhart, she was 5th.  Is listed on Craigs list, Eugene, Or.  for sale, just search planes.  I don't know if your serious, but this is a big chunk of our history.  I don't know how it was lost, but here she is.  Online Louise with the # N15835 on the tail in photos.  See if you can assist this man and get it into a museum, where it belongs.PLEASE