The National Geographic Channel will add a new show to its lineup next year, and Community College of Aurora Chair of Social Sciences Geoff Hunt is among the first to be interviewed for “History Cold Case.”
Based on a popular BBC television show of the same name, the series will follow forensic anthropologists and scientists to uncover the secrets of mysterious skeletons located during archaeological digs or discovered in the dusty archives of a museum, according to Glenn Swift, a show producer.
National Geographic dispatched a British film crew to track down the details of a Denver-area mystery, and Hunt was interviewed and filmed June 2 in Denver’s Riverside Cemetery. The situation: In 2010, a Civil War veteran was exhumed from Cheesman Park. Before becoming a city park in 1907, Cheesman was the Denver City, or Prospect Hill, Cemetery. All veterans buried there were to have been moved to Riverside Cemetery in the late 1800s, but, according to Hunt, they “seem to have missed one.” Hunt confirms that the veteran should have been reburied in Riverside between 1886 and 1890.
Hunt was referred to National Geographic by James Jeffrey of the Denver Public Library’s Western History Center. Jeffrey knew that Hunt—who is a military historian, in addition to his position at CCA—was knowledgeable about the Grand Army of the Republic (Union Veterans of the Civil War), as well as the GAR plot at Riverside Cemetery.
The episode is expected to air sometime next year.
(Photo by Rebecca Hunt)