History Detectives: Chicago Clock, Universal Friends, War Dog Letter on WXXI-TV

History Detectives: Chicago Clock, Universal Friends, War Dog Letter on WXXI-TV

Mon, 09/06/2010 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

"Universal Friends": Jean Waite of Maine asks HISTORY DETECTIVES to solve the mystery behind this document which has been in her family for generations. The parchment records the incorporation of the first religion founded by an American born woman. Why is the woman’s name missing from this critical document?

Credit: Courtesy of Elizabeth Harris

The History Detectives visit Penn Yan to investigate the case of Jemima Wilkinson, founder of the Society of Friends.

On this week's episode of History Detectives, airing Monday, September 6 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV, detective Gwen Wright receives a document that seems connected to an early controversial religion -- the first religion founded by an American-born woman. She wants to know why her name is missing from this critical record, the ‘Incorporation of the Universal Friends Church,’ which leads her to Penn Yan to learn more about Jemima Wilkinson, founder of the Society of Friends. Wilkinson lived in Yates County from 1790 to 1819.

Also featured in the episode -- a Michigan woman wonders if her family clock kept time for the entire Midwest during the 19th century. The search takes detective Elyse Luray back to the industrial age when the country first began regulating time. And, in an encore segment, detective Tukufu Zuberi heads to Cat Island, near Gulfport, to find out what went wrong with a WWII dog-training program there.

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