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Tony Tackaberry, producer of PBS’s History Detectives, delivered the keynote address at AASLH’s 2006 annual meeting. He explained how he became involved with the show and the ideas that led to its creation. Starting with family folklore or heirlooms, the show uses these individual and highly personal stories to relate local history to a larger historical context. The role of state and local history organizations helped make the show a success in the first season when the crew looked for stories to tell before anyone had ever watched the show or knew the name. Tackaberry thanks the professionals in the field for their efforts to preserve the sources that guide the investigations of the show while explaining the investigative and editorial process.

Keynote Address: History Detectives

Produced by: AASLH