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A Look Behind Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" Broadcast

  • Details

  • 11/17/20
  • 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Free
  • Ages 10+
  • Categories

  • Literary
  • Speaker

Event Description

On the Eve of Halloween 1938, a young actor/director broadcast a radio drama based on a 40-year-old novel: 
The War of the Worlds. While Orson Welles' original broadcast had a relatively low audience, the impact it had, and continues to have, on American Pop Culture is staggering. 

How much of that impact was reality, and how much has been exaggerated? Were there riots in the streets from panicked listeners? Did Orson Welles know he would frighten listeners, or was this an unintended accident?

Attend this illustrated lecture, and learn the real story! Presented by Historian and Librarian Laura Keyes.