Are you smarter than a high schooler, when it comes to historical facts and trivia about Northeastern Pennsylvania? A group of local personalities will find out next weekend.
On Saturday, April 27, the Lackawanna Historical Society will host the 4th annual "You Live Here, You Should Know This" local history game show at the Scranton Cultural Center in Shopland Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the Jeopardy-style games will start at 6:30.
Players on eight teams will answer questions about people, places, and events in Lackawanna County. Teams will consist of NEPA personalities and some of your favorite local history experts. Returning champions include news personality David DeCosmo and Dominick Keating, owner of Avanti Cigar. Also competing this year will be Scranton Times-Tribune staffers Chris Kelly, Brian Fulton, Josh McAuliffe and Pat McKenna; and ROCK 107 personalities Dave DiRenzo and the Prospector.
Favorites from past years' will return, including actor Conor McGuigan, PA State Sen. John Blake, the Azzarelli family and former mayors Dave Wentzel and Jim Connors, just to name a few. The event is sponsored by The Lackawanna Historical Society and the questions that are to be asked have been assembled by students from Valley View and Riverside High Schools.
Valley View student Tyler Williams, one of the students selected by teachers Cindy Cerminaro and Kathleen Myers, said he enjoyed collaborating with the Riverside students.
"We just gathered around a table and put our 15 brains together," he said. "It was very challenging and we learned a lot about the history of the area."
The night of the show, Williams said, all the students will be kept busy. "Some will be asking questions, some will be keeping score. We'll have plenty to do."
Student Kendra Farrell said her favorite part of the project was digging in to the history. "We went through a lot of materials at the Historical Society offices, and we have some great questions for the contestants."
Student Erica Gerichten also noted that the students had a chance to visit the Eberhart Museum as well, where they gathered still more information that will be used for the questions the contestants will have to answer.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase on both nights and general admission is $10 and $5 for students. The event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.
"It's a great way to learn about local area and a great way to keep history alive," Cerminaro said.
Founded in 1886 as the Lackawanna Institute of History and Science, the Lackawanna Historical Society provides the community with a record of local history through its museum and library collections, exhibits and programs. In 1942, from the bequest of George H. Catlin the Society established its permanent home at Catlin's 1912 residence, located at 232 Monroe Ave. in Scranton.
In 1965 Lackawanna County designated the Lackawanna Historical Society as the official county historical society and the society continues to serve the county as a center for local history resources.
For more information about the program, contact the Lackawanna Historical Society at 344-3841 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.