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Monday, November 14, 2011

America’s Lost Treasures comes to New Orleans Nov. 29

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Whats your stuff worth, historically speaking?
  • What's your stuff worth, historically speaking?

Take the Thanksgiving holiday to search your attic for those odd mementos handed down through generations, Civil War-era finds or other possibly historic items because National Geographic’s new America’s Lost Treasures will be in New Orleans Nov. 29 to look at our treasures and hear our stories.

It’s not Antiques Roadshow, where appraisers tell you the ugly painting you’ve had in a closet since you received it as a wedding gift is really an early Picasso worth $10 million. Monetary value isn’t really the consideration (although you could make some money) — it’s the history surrounding the pieces.

A limited number of people will be invited to bring things they are unsure as to their value to the Cabildo museum in Jackson Square and have it examined by experts, who will tell them about its historical significance. To apply for a spot, fill out this form. National Geographic may offer up to $10,000 to display some pieces in a special yearlong exhibit of America’s National Treasures.

For more information about the TV series, its search for historic items or its schedule of stops around the country, visit

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