Antiques Roadshow Online Gets Makeover, and the Results are Priceless

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Web Site Re-launch Complete at http://pbs.org/antiques. Unlike fine antiques, Web sites often benefit from a makeover. As part of Antiques Roadshow's 12th broadcast season on PBS, the popular series has launched a newly re-designed Web site at http://pbs.org/antiques with improved navigation, a first-of-its-kind searchable archive of appraisal videos from past seasons, a new "you are there"video feature called "Your Stories," and a teachers' guide for using ROADSHOW in the classroom.

Unlike fine antiques, Web sites often benefit from a makeover. As part of Antiques Roadshow's 12th broadcast season on PBS, the popular series has launched a newly re-designed Web site at pbs.org/antiques with improved navigation, a first-of-its-kind searchable archive of appraisal videos from past seasons, a new "you are there"video feature called "Your Stories," and a teachers' guide for using ROADSHOW in the classroom.

A searchable archive makes Roadshow Online "the perfect partner for collectors launching their own treasure hunts," says Roadshow executive producer Marsha Bemko, "as well as for fans eager to find their all-time favorite appraisals." The Antiques Roadshow Archive currently offers streaming video, stills, transcripts, and more about appraisals featured in seasons 9 through 12--all presented in an easy-to-use format. Appraisals from earlier seasons will be added over the next eighteen months.

The Roadshow Web site also introduces"Your Stories." This new feature recreates the excitement and anticipation of arriving at a Roadshow event, sharing family legends and antiquing sagas with other guests waiting on line. Now, Roadshow Online visitors are in on the conversation as cameras capture guests and their objects pre-appraisal.

ROADSHOW Online also is proud to announce its first official foray into the realm of education: The Antiques Roadshow Teacher's Guide, designed to offer new ways to get students excited and engaged in history, geography, the arts and society, and a range of other topics, using the Roadshow Archive. Questions, activities, and other resources invite students to take a closer look at the "things" people have used throughout history and to develop a sense of wonder about the people and events of the past, present, and even the future.

Visitors to the re-designed site will find features, schedules, and information-packed articles organized into five sections:

The Roadshow Archive: This unique video archive allows collectors to search by item category (jewelry, furniture, glass, etc.), appraiser, assigned value, city where an item was filmed, or Roadshow season/episode number. The record for each item includes a photo, the video of the object's appraisal, text transcript of the appraisal, lists of attributes for each object, and who appraised it in which show.

On Your TV: The TV schedule, links to cities visited on past tours, information about appraisers, host Mark L. Walberg, and our sponsors.

On the Road: The current appraisal tour schedule and links to apply for tickets, to tour city information pages, to the Summer Tour FAQ's and more.

Only Online: Hear more about extraordinary ROADSHOW finds in "Follow the Stories;" learn from our experts in "Tips of the Trade;" polish your antiquing lingo with our "Glossary," and watch the appraisal event action with "Your Stories."

Resources: Information about the experts and links to resources featured in ROADSHOW's "field trip" segments during visits to the six cities of the 2007 Summer Tour, recommended reading, and more.

And fans also can sign up to receive Antiques Roadshow Fanfare, a monthly e-mail bulletin with timely updates about the television series and Antiques Roadshow Online.

Antiques Roadshow is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston. Executive producer is Marsha Bemko.

Antiques Roadshowis sponsored by Liberty Mutual and Subaru. Additional funding is provided by public television viewers.

Antiques Roadshow is closed captioned for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing by The Caption Center at WGBH Boston.

Antiques Roadshow press materials, including downloadable photos, are available at pressroom.wgbh.org and http://www.pbs.org/pressroom.

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