America’s Lost Treasures: Kansas City

On this episode of America’s Lost Treasures, Curt Doussett and Kinga Philipps host an Open Call for objects and artifacts at the Historic Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri. The duo steps back in time to investigate and verify that the items they’ve selected are indeed treasures. For her due diligence, Kinga goes to the Nelson-Atkins Museum to meet with a world renowned expert in American Indian Art to find out if the bag she’s brought belonged to Geronimo. Her next investigation takes her to Missouri Town 1855 to see one of her objects, a kitchen gadget from the 18th Century, in action. To investigate her final piece Kinga channels her inner outlaw and heads to the boyhood home of one of the country’s most notorious outlaws, Jesse James.

Curt’s selections take him on a somewhat disappointing ride. The expert he takes the scrimshaw to points out that it’s got a problem and he lets go of another object, the daguerreotype returning it to the owner after the investigation. In the end Curt’s got one object that he is putting all his power of persuasion behind. Fortunately for Curt, his only hope for a victory turns out to be the real deal: a rare and original copy of the 1859 Kansas Constitution. And the object’s value is even greater when the State Archivist compares it to the only copy the Archive has.

Which of Curt and Kinga’s picks will be verified as a true lost treasure and deemed worthy of admittance into the National Geographic Museum? Tune in to find out!


Don’t miss America’s Lost Treasures: Kansas City tonight, August 15th, at 10P et/pt.


  1. James Benet
    North Carolina
    August 15, 2012, 8:38 pm

    Nice segment on the Jesse James gun! I like that guy in the hat (your expert) from Kansas City. He was very authentic & knowledgeable.

  2. Mary
    August 15, 2012, 10:14 pm

    How does one sign up to participate in the America’s lost treasures show?

  3. Tom
    Akron Oh
    August 24, 2012, 8:23 pm

    How do you submit item for consideration?

  4. UncommonSensesc
    September 5, 2012, 10:40 pm

    How in the world do both Kinga and Curt have jobs like this? Curt always says “really?” when either the owner or appraiser is telling him something. They’re both idiots that can’t find their butts with 3 hands yet they have jobs where they meet interesting people, get to see and research antiques and artifacts and make good money at it! I’ve been laid off for 1 1/2 years, normally have a good sense of humor, extremely intelligent, very computer literate and here I am watching these fools! When the experts were shown the beaded indian bag, they told Kinga it wasn’t Geronimo’s, it wasn’t even an Apache bag and she turns around and tells the owner that it couldn’t be confirmed or denied it was Geronimo’s! Yes, it was denied – it was confirmed that it wasn’t his! The items they get to hold (most of them I think they should either not be touching the item at all or should be wearing gloves) and see are just incredible and that’s why we watch the show! I may have to quit watching because by the time the show is over, my blood pressure from watching Tweedledee and Tweedledum is sky high!

  5. Eddie
    September 12, 2012, 5:38 pm

    Uncommon Sense: You are so right on!…I wonder if other
    watchers observe this and realize these two idiots should
    be hosting “So you think you can dance” instead of this
    show which should gear towards collector’s, wether
    professional or amateurs, and appraisers. It has some
    very interesting items that were found and hearing its
    history makes me want to watch and learn, since I buy
    and sell collectibles, but when these two pagoonas start talking, I switch the channel to Antique Roadshow…Good day!!