A night of re-discovering hidden treasures continues on National Geographic Channel with America’s Lost Treasures. This week, hosts Curt Doussett and Kinga Philipps head to beautiful and historic Savannah, Georgia. At the Savannah History Museum they uncover much evidence of the city’s rich past, including Civil War relics and remnants of the coastline’s maritime significance. Among the treasures that Savannahians bring to share, Curt chooses pictures of Abraham Lincoln that he believes were taken by Lincoln documentarian Mathew Brady, a signed and numbered original score of “Porgy and Bess” from opening night in 1935 and a pair of binoculars awarded to a riverboat captain for rescuing an abandoned British ship in 1887. Kinga thinks she has a winner with a Russian czar’s bench given to the captain of the S.S. Savannah by a Russian emperor, fossilized Megalodon shark teeth and a hundred year old cut glass set the owners believe was made in honor of Juliette Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts.
Then it’s off to discover the history behind their chosen items to decide which piece is truly authentic and worthy of a spot in the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. Among their many adventures, Kinga hits the beach to hunt for prehistoric teeth from the largest marine predator ever, the Megalodon shark. The Megalodon shark teeth’s owner, Jerry, takes Kinga and our certified appraiser Beth Kinstler to the beach where he found his prehistoric teeth. There, he tells them about the dredging of the water in the Savannah River, which pushes prehistoric fossils from the bottom of the river up onto the beach. Meanwhile, Curt sets out to prove that the Lincoln portraits he chooses are actually original photographs taken by legendary Civil War photojournalist Mathew Brady. He takes his Lincoln photographs to the Telfair Museum of Art, where expert Tania Sammons removes them from their frames. She finds that only one was taken by Mathew Brady. But is it an original print? If so, Curt has a real treasure on his hands.
On their quest to discover the lost history of their chosen artifacts, Curt and Kinga also visit Tybee Island Light Station, and meet with a Girl Scout historian and an expert in theater history. Do Kinga and Curt have real American lost treasures? Which will be selected to represent Savannah, GA in the National Geographic Musem? Tune in to find out!
Don’t miss America’s Lost Treasures: Savannah tonight, August 29th, at 10P et/pt.