Heritage Society receives more copies of 1968 film

One of the moments of the 1968 film captures an Oil City dealership.

The Heritage Society of Oil City is hopeful that high school classes celebrating their 50-year reunions the next couple of years will be interested in acquiring a copy of the popular 1968 film “Our Town.”

Dave Anderton, president of the Heritage Society, said more than 1,000 copies have been sold to date and a new supply recently was received.

“This is the third order of the DVDs and every time we have re-ordered we thought we would have extras, but we always run out,” Anderton said. “The response has been beyond our expectations.”

The film shows Oil City’s roadways, churches and bridges as they looked in 1968. Viewers are also introduced to various businesses of that time such as Rollie’s Pizza, Welker and Maxwell and Kay’s Smorgasbord.

In addition, students from elementary and high schools are featured along with workers from various businesses.

With 2018 marking 50 years since the film was made, Anderton is optimistic there will be another rush of sales the next two summers.

The DVDs are available at the Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry, the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce and the Oil City Library for $20 plus tax. Copies can also be mailed to interested individuals at a cost of $25 plus tax.

Anderton said each vendor receives $5 for every copy sold, and it has been a nice fundraiser for each organization.