On Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m., the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum will host an illustrated program entitled: Miracle of the Bells: the Back-Story, by Atty. F. Charles Petrillo.
Atty. Petrillo will trace the history of the 1948 RKO movie starring Fred MacMurray, Frank Sinatra, and Alida Valli. The filmâ??s setting is Glen Lyon, called â??coaltownâ? in the movie, near Nanticoke, Pa.
The movie is a fictional account of the life of Olga Treskoff, the real-life Glen Lyon native who became a silent movie actress and Broadway producer until her early death in 1938. Her Broadway production partner, Russell Janney, wrote her story in Miracle of the Bells, the best-selling novel of 1946. Petrillo will show scenes from the movie, which includes film location shots in Glen Lyon, along with RKO publicity photos, the Hollywood studio setting, and rare photographs of Olga Treskoff who is buried at Glen Lyon.
F. Charles Petrillo is a graduate of Wilkes College and Dickinson Law School. He is a former board member of the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates and the Luzerne County Historical Society and the author of five books on regional history. The program is free and open to the public.
Photography or video-taping during the presentations will not be permitted. The program will be held in conjunction with the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Iron Furnaces Associates annual membership meeting at 1 p.m. Membership in the Associates is open to all. Membership forms will be available the day of the program or those interested may call the museum.