Antiques Roadshow Comes to Town
When PBS's Antiques Roadshow shot new episodes in Pittsburgh in the summer of 2011, producers received thousands of requests from Western Pennsylvanians interested in showing their antiques. In this documentary, you'll go behind the scenes of the production and meet local people who learned more about their treasures.
Antiques Roadshow Comes to Town aired on Feb 22, 2012.
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Original airdate: Mar 26, 2012
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Original airdate: Jan 02, 2012
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Original airdate: Dec 19, 2011
Nestled in the rolling hills of northwestern Pennsylvania is a "Mayberry" kind of town. It's got everything...fly fishing, Amish, a covered bridge, old grist mill, specialty shops and that warm small town feel. People come from all over the world to visit Volant, but if the residents there hadn't been creative, the town might have closed-up when hard economic times ensued.
Original airdate: Dec 05, 2011
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Original airdate: Nov 21, 2011