Here are National Geographic: America’s Lost Treasures video and photos. ‘Austin’ is the season premiere episode of the new series, broadcast on Independence Day, July 4, 2012 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. More details including synopsis and series overview, are below.
The new series hosted by Curt Doussett and Kinga Philipps who, in each of the 10 episodes will travel to a different U.S. city to take a look at what may be a valuable and rare museum quality artifact among the possessions of Americans, whether in attics, garages. Perhaps some family heirloom, passed down from generation to generation, is a lost part of history. That is what the hosts are looking to find. They work with a team of experts that includes appraisers and museum curators to determine the value and the history of what they uncover. After making their assessment they meet with the owners and reveal their findings.
In each episode, a winner is chosen, that is the owner whose object is of the highest value and historical significance will receive a cashprize of $10,000 and the object will be part of an exhibition at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC. In addition to Austin, some of the other cities where the team will travel and award a prize to a winner, include Milwaukee, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Kansas City.
For an overview and episode guide for the entire series is more pictures click here.
The premiere episode, Austin, takes the team to Texas where they find a number of potential treasures including a land deed that might have been signed by the twice-elected President of the Republic of Texas Sam Houston, to a fiddle that might have been played at the infamous Black Bean Lottery in 1843.
Click here to see photos from the episode. You can find out more about the treasures uncovered in Austin here.
You can also visit the official Facebook page and Twitter@americastreasur for more news and updates. Watch a preview video below.
Top Photo: A pocket watch from the 1800s. They were highly valued in the railroad industry, and the emergence Transcontinental Railroad in the U.S. Watches like these were needed to keep the trains running safely and on time. Photograph by Original Productions