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Join us Sunday, September 2, 2018

Coming in October 2018

We’re celebrating the 80th anniversary of

The War of the Worlds

with this special presentation by historian and broadcaster Felix Banel

FREE and open to everyone

Looking back at how movies affected us

-- and influenced public opinion -- during World War II.

Special presentation by lecturer and broadcaster John Jensen.
FREE and open to everyone

During World War II, the War Department realized the importance of not only keeping up the morale of America’s fighting forces abroad, but the morale of those at home. The result was an unprecedented push by Hollywood to contribute morale-building war dramas, troop entertainment, and training films to the war effort. Special radio programs, documentary films, and live performances told Americans at home that they too could serve in the defense of their country by purchasing war bonds, participating in scrap drives, planting Victory Gardens, and volunteering.

Experience the still-powerful images, radio, and film that emerged from this dramatic time in American history. Audio historian and former broadcaster John Jensen shares rarely known stories and anecdotes from Hollywood’s war effort, and shows examples of wartime propaganda through various media that was used to educate, inform and sway American public opinion.

Innovations in technology, programming, and business as far back as the 1920s made radio in this remote corner a little bit different than the rest of the United States, and connected the people of Washington with events and entertainment from across the country and around the world.

With a mixture of vintage audio, historic images, and expert storytelling, radio historian and broadcaster Feliks Banel revisits the power of radio in the Evergreen State then and now, and looks ahead to the unpredictable future of local radio in our communities.

What happened in Concrete on October 30, 1938 when

Orson Welles broadcast “War of the Worlds?”

Sunday, September 2

2:00 p.m. • Doors open at 1:30