By Autumn Gray
The wait is over. WGBH Boston, which produces the wildly popular Antiques Roadshow television series, has announced that the Santa Fe-based episodes filmed on Museum Hill in June are scheduled to air January 23, 30, and February 6 on PBS.
A PBS teaser online lures viewers with this description of the first hour-long segment: “Visit the ‘Land of Enchantment’ on the hunt for hidden treasures in Santa Fe, like a 1929 New York Yankees partial team-signed ball, a New Mexico mining league trophy & photos and a Plains Indian child’s beaded shirt. One is up to $200,000!”
These are just some of the 5,000 pieces of art and history that enthusiastic Roadshow fans queued up for during the summer heat, awaiting one of 70 appraisers from across the nation to assess their value. Most attendees also hoped to be among the 150 selected for taping. About 90 people and their treasures ranging from worthless to priceless were expected to survive editing.
The new season premiers January 2 with three episodes filmed at the Filoli Historic House & Garden, south of San Francisco.
The Roadshow, which began in 1979 as a British program, has presented to American viewers the provenance, history, and value of everything from attic kitsch, to Native jewelry, to memorabilia since 1997. Albuquerque was featured that first year, as well as in 2003 and 2015.
This season marks a first for Santa Fe to have been chosen as a Roadshow locale.