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People unknowingly possess objects that hold the key to unlocking hidden pasts and secret histories. These objects can be found in both private collections and museums. They can be found in homes where they take pride of place as beloved keepsakes passed down from one generation to the next. In Travel Channel's "Lost Secrets," historian Justin Jampol journeys around the world to unravel the mysteries of the past hiding within these family relics and museum pieces. Jampol makes a living out of distinguishing trash from treasure. For more than 20 years, he's been scouring the earth and collecting artifacts to bring back to the Wende Museum in Culver City, Calif. In the series, Jampol is presented with newly unearthed objects that propel his investigations into long-lost histories. These items include documents from Nazi commander Heinrich Himmler's archive, an ancient spindle whorl, a war medal, and a mysterious invoice written by abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

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Justin seeks to solve the mystery behind the death of famed 19th-century explorer Meriwether Lewis which leads him deep into the secret land wars that almost changed the face of America.
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A giant cross in the Arizona desert presents Justin with a web of mysteries about America's role in the Space Race; he sets out to discover if putting a man on the moon was a front for a covert mission to send weapons into space.
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A journey to decode a mysterious East German war medal leads Justin to Berlin, where he uncovers a plot that nearly ignited World War III; he concludes the human race came close to nuclear annihilation, which shakes him to his very core.
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The mystery behind an ancient spindle whorl presents Justin with the possibility that Norse women led the Viking expedition to North America; across 1,000 years of history and two continents, he uncovers the untold story of America's origins.
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Justin Jampol gains access to documents from Nazi commander Heinrich Himmler's archive, which includes astrological wheels for Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler; Jampol investigates the Nazi leadership's belief in the supernatural.
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A mysterious invoice written by abolitionist Harriet Tubman sends Justin deep into former Confederate territory to investigate whether a secret network of escaped slaves turned the tide of the Civil War in favor of the Union.

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