A collection of antique radios will be the backdrop for a program about Orson Welles and the 1938 broadcast of The War of the Worlds. Hegeler Carus Mansion Tour Director Tricia Kelly will present part of the program on Tuesday, October 30. She became fascinated with Welles on a day off work earlier this year.
Tickets for the program go on sale today (October 15) for $20 each. The 1938 broadcast, which according to some stories scared a lot of people into thinking Martians were really attacking Earth, will be played that night on its 80th anniversary.
Many people today doubt that the 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast triggered as much fear as it’s often blamed for. Kelly believes it did; she’ll explain why.
You can hear an interview with Tricia Kelly here: