Across America there are forgotten links to our history. Family heirlooms and found objects with unexpected value and amazing stories just waiting to be discovered. Each episode of America’s Lost Treasures will follow our team of two cast members on their quest to find these treasures, uncover their stories, and choose one item that deserves to take it’s place in a museum. The chosen object each episode will be on loan to the National Geographic Society’s special exhibition of America’s Lost Treasures, and the object owner will receive a $10,000 award. On this episode, hosts Curt and Kinga take the treasure hunt to Austin Texas where they will learn a ten-gallon hat full of history, before making their final selections.
The Open Call takes place at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, and Curt and Kinga find out right-quick that there is no shortage of great objects. They also see plenty of support for Austin’s slogan: “Keep Austin Weird”. Curt’s picks: A land grant signed by Sam Houston, a hand-drawn map that was captured with Santa Anna, and a Colt “Peacemaker” revolver previously owned by the infamous Texas Ranger, Captain Alfred Allee. One of Kinga’s picks is a trophy saddle won by famous cowboy, Jim Shoulders.
Curt and Kinga’s investigations take them from the museum, to the Tejas Rodeo, to the Alamo in San Antonio in search of answers. What special piece will be selected for a place in the National Geographic exhibition? Tune in to find out!
Tune in to America’s Lost Treasures: Austin on Wednesday, July 4th at 9P et/pt