Famed explorer to lecture at The Columns Museum


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MILFORD — On Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m., the Pike County Historical Society and Museum will host a lecture by caver and explorer Chris Nicola, followed by a cocktail reception and a chance to meet and greet the lecturer.

Nicola is the founder of the Priest's Grotto Heritage Project and is credited with discovering the caves in the Ukraine where several families hid during the Holocaust. His story is remarkable, as is the story of these iron willed people who survived the horrors of World War II.

Nicola will relate the story about how his explorations led to the making of the full length film "No Place on Earth," which tells the story of how, in 1942, 38 men, women and children slid down a cold, muddy hole in the ground seeking refuge from the war above in a pitch black underground world. Five Ukrainian Jewish families created their own society where young men bravely ventured out into the night to collect food, supplies and firewood. The girls and women never left, surviving underground longer than anyone in recorded history. These people, ages 2-76, emerged at the war's end in tattered clothes, blinded by a sun most of them forgot existed. Despite the great odds, they had survived.

The presentation will be held in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum, located at 608 Broad St. in Milford. A reception will follow to be held on the main floor of the museum. Tickets are $25 and include lecture and reception. Space is limited. Reserve by calling 570-296-8126 or emailing pikemuse@ptd.net.

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