Luzerne County Community College will hold its 27th annual history conference, “The History of Northeastern Pennsylvania: The Last 200 Years” from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at the college’s Educational Conference Center. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Sixties: Mining, Mafia, Music & Mary Jo.”
The program will begin with a welcome at 9 a.m. by Thomas P. Leary, president, LCCC. Opening remarks will be provided by William C. Kashatus, Ph.D., associate professor, history, LCCC; and Aimee E. Newell, Ph.D., executive director, Luzerne County Historical Society.
The first session, “Decline of the Anthracite Industry” will begin at 9:30 a.m. Presenter will be Thomas Dublin, Ph.D., professor emeritus of history, Binghamton University and co-author of “Face of Decline: The PA Anthracite Region in the Twentieth Century.”
Dave Janoski, managing editor, The Citizens’ Voice, will present “Russell Bufalino and the Northeast Pennsylvania Crime Family” at 10:30 a.m.
Joe Nardone, Sr., owner, Gallery of Sound Record Store and All Stars Band Leader, will present “Hard Coal’s Rock n’ Roll” at 11:45 a.m.
The afternoon session will begin at 1:45 p.m. with a panel discussion titled, “Mary Jo Kopechne, A Promising Life Lost at Chappaquiddick.” Panelists include Georgetta Nelson Potoski, executor, Kopechne Estate and co-author, “Our Mary Jo”; William Nelson, Kopechne cousin and co-author, “Our Mary Jo”; and Donald McFadden, investigator, Kopechne exhumation case.
The conference is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the LCCC social science/history department and the Luzerne County Historical Society.