Stumping the experts

Stumping the experts

As appeared in the Triboro Banner by Josh McAuliffe on May 2, 2019. 

For the past decade, students at Riverside Junior-Senior High School have been doing their part to preserve and spotlight local history.

Riverside is among the key contributors to the Lackawanna Historical Society’s annual “You Live Here, You Should Know This!” local history game show, which celebrates its 10th anniversary Saturday, May 4, at the Lodge at Montage Mountain.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Students from Riverside High School tour the Lackawanna County Courthouse as part of research for this year’s “You Live Here, You Should Know This!” From left: Gianna Gaidula, Madison Aulisio, Emily Taylor and Brian Marianelli.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. inside the Lodge’s Slocum Hollow Bar & Restaurant. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for students, with proceeds benefiting the Historical Society. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact the Historical Society at 570-344-3841 or lackawannahistory@gmail.com.

As usual, the game will consist of eight teams answering Jeopardy-style questions about the people, places and events in Lackawanna County’s rich and diverse history. There will be new categories and special speed rounds designed to test players’ knowledge of more obscure subjects.

Teams will consist of well-known Northeast Pennsylvania personalities and history experts. The 2018 winning team representing the Historical Society will return, as will perennial favorites led by state Sen. John Blake, the Scranton Public Library staff and the Riverside School District administration.

The late state Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich also fielded a regular team, and his memory will be honored at this year’s event.

Every year, the game show’s questions are researched and prepared by students from Riverside and Valley View high schools. The Riverside team, typically made up of about five to seven students, is advised by district elementary teacher Shawn Murphy, a longtime local history buff.

The majority of the team’s work is conducted at the historical society, given its extensive archives. Murphy said he thoroughly enjoys the challenges and camaraderie that come with helping the students put the questions together.

“The students are always amazed by some of the people who came from or moved to Lackawanna County that have made a big impact,” said Murphy. “After our first meeting in the fall, at the Historical Society, we do some research. We give the students, especially the newbies, an overview of what it’s all about. From there, the students can pick any topic they want. One student might cover sports history in the county. Or another might be doing entertainment, from the vaudeville days and up.”

Riverside students Madison Aulisio and Emily Taylor both said they’ve learned a lot during their time on the team.

“My favorite topic to learn about is local sports,” Madison said. “I, myself, play a sport for Riverside and I find myself knowing and relating to sports more than anything. I find it interesting to learn facts about all sports from the schools around us, as well as the history behind our local sports.”

“I definitely feel like I have more appreciation for the local history around us,” Emily added. “I find myself telling my family about some of the historical facts I’ve discovered through this process. Buildings and places that normally I wouldn’t even think about, now I find myself imagining their importance from the past until now.”

If you go What: “You Live Here, You Should Know This!” local history game show, benefiting the Lackawanna Historical Society

When: Saturday, May 4, 6 p.m.

Where: Slocum Hollow Bar & Restaurant, Lodge at Montage Mountain

Details: Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more information about the program, contact the historical society at 570-344-3841 or lackawannahistory@gmail.com.

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