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Martians, mayhem, and the power of radio at the Hegeler Carus Mansion

October 30, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Mansion event marks the 80th anniversary of the day Americans thought Mars was attacking

This fall, the Hegeler Carus Mansion invites you to revisit the day Martians attacked America – or, more accurately, the day horrified Americans believed an alien invasion was underway.

The far-reaching impact of an internet hoax or false headline is nothing new.

In 1938, a radio adaption of H.G. Wells’ science fiction novel The War of the Worlds fooled listeners into believing they were hearing actual breaking news accounts of an alien attack. Narrator Orson Welles, then a 23-year-old boy from Kenosha, Wisconsin, went on to stardom as an actor, director, writer and producer.

You’re invited to join the Hegeler Carus Mansion in marking the 80th anniversary of this memorable event Tuesday, October 30th, at 7:30pm.

The evening will begin with a short talk about the history and phenomenon of radio by Chad Brokaw. Guests will be introduced to Mr. Welles by Tricia Kelly, who will explain the ways in which he took broadcasting to new heights, before tuning in to the original 1938 broadcast.

Radios played a pivotal role in providing information and entertainment for the Hegeler and Carus families.  Many of the family’s antique radios will be on display.

The cost is $20.00 per person, and seating is limited.  Wine and cheese will be served.  Tickets will go on sale October 15.  To reserve your seat, call Tricia Kelly at 815.224.5892 or 815.993.4476.


October 30, 2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Hegeler Carus Mansion
1307 Seventh St
LaSalle, IL 61301 United States
(815) 224-6543

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