Nat Geo US hunts for 'America's Lost Treasures' in new series


5 Aug 2011
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Across America, in basements and barns, attics and backyards, there are forgotten links to 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 in the US has announced the start of production for the new 10-episode series 'America's Lost Treasures'. The series, by Original Productions and 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.

Beers said, "In America, our national treasures are everywhere. 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."

The infotainment broadcaster is asking viewers in the 10 preselected cities to submit their family heirlooms, found objects, and other perceived treasures online at for a chance to be a part of the series.

NGC senior VP of content Michael Cascio said, "The more unusual, the more unique, the more mysterious, the better. I don't think people actually realize the historical significance, and potential financial value, of items which have been passed down generation to generation."

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 each
potential American treasure is investigated.

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.

source : itv
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