Sheppton: The Myth, Miracle & Music Book Signing

The Ashland Historical Preservation Society will host a presentation and book signing by Coal Region Author Maxim W. Furek. The author will discuss his latest book Sheppton: The Myth, Miracle & Music during a special presentation on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm. The society is located at the 318 Centre Street, Ashland, PA 17921.

Furek’s book investigates themes of the miraculous and supernatural that occurred during the 1963 Sheppton mining disaster. The event fueled accusations of cannibalism and the 1971 hit song “Timothy,” recorded by The Buoys.

The book also explores the Sheppton rescue technology later used in 2010 to save 33 miners in a Chilean copper mine. That saga was documented in the 2015 film “The 33.”

The book describes how the rescued miners alleged that Pope John XXIII, who was canonized in 2014, saved their lives. Numerous Vatican researchers and scholars have cited Sheppton as one of the Pope’s miracles.

Furek claims that Sheppton remains Pennsylvania’s forbidden Urban Legend and the Coal Region’s last remaining mystery. Furek is also the unauthorized biographer of the Jordan Brothers, Frackville’s legendary rock group.

RSVP by calling (570) 784-0883. For information about future book signing please visit the author’s website at
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