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Antiques Roadshow "Billings, Mont. - Hour One" on MontanaPBS

March 31, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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One of three Antiques Roadshow episodes filmed in Billings last June is airing on MontanaPBS Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. The show repeats on April 13 at 4 a.m.

Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Christopher Mitchell meet at Little Big Horn National Monument to discuss the weapons used in the infamous battle between American Indian warriors and Lt. Col. George Custer's Seventh Cavalry Regiment. Highlights include a 19th-century Chinese jade brush washer; a 1752 English silver coursing trophy; and a long-lost 19th-century Arthur Brown watercolor scene of Yellowstone National Park, valued at $75,000 to $125,000.
Part adventure, part history lesson and part treasure hunt, Antiques Roadshow is seen by almost 10 million viewers each week. In each episode, specialists from the country's leading auction houses -- Bonhams and Butterfields, Christie's, Doyle New York, Skinner and Sotheby's -- and independent dealers from across the nation offer free appraisals of antiques and collectibles.

Hour two of the Montana show airs Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m. and repeats Wednesday, April 20 at 3 a.m. Hour three airs Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. and repeats Wednesday, April 27 at 3:30a.m.

Quality television has the power to elevate our understanding of the world, encourage respect for one another, and influence our lives in a positive way. MontanaPBS shares diverse stories; connects our citizens; discovers common ground; and celebrates the independent spirit and beauty of Montana.

MontanaPBS serves over 150 communities and can reach across the state via over-the-air signals, cable, DISH Network, DirecTV and online. MontanaPBS is comprised of KUSM-TV Bozeman and KUFM-TV Missoula, each a non-commercial educational licensee of Montana State University - Bozeman and The University of Montana - Missoula, respectively.

High-resolution photos to accompany this article may be downloaded at: http://pressroom.pbs.org/Programs/a/ANTIQUES-ROADSHOW/1510-Billings-Hour-One.aspx

Aaron Pruitt at 406-994-5021 or aaron_pruitt@montanapbs.org