Oil and Natural Gas History, Education Resources, Museum News, Exhibits and Events


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This Week in Petroleum History, January 16 to January 22

A 1965 patent for an “underwater manipulator” will lead to modern offshore ROVs. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, January 9 to January 15

America exports oil for the first time in 1862 when the Elizabeth Watts arrives at London. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, January 2 to January 8

A 1905 Texas oilfield discovery will help create major oil companies. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, December 26 to January 1

The first U.S. oil company incorporates in 1854, drills first oil well five years later. Read More


U.S. petroleum exploration, production and transportation history provides a context for understanding the energy industry.

Petroleum history news & EVENTS

Blue Flame Natural Gas Rocket Car

The Blue Flame – Natural Gas Rocket Car: On October 23, 1970, natural gas powered the Blue Flame into the world land-speed record books. Read More

Buffalo Bill Shoshone Oil Company

Col. William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s legacy extends beyond his Wild West show. Learn about his exploration into the oil business. Read More

  The only giant Michigan oil and natural gas field was discovered in January 1957 on the dairy farm of Ferne Houseknecht. Her first oil well revealed the 29-mile-long “Golden Gulch.” The story of the discovery of Michigan’s only giant oilfield is … Read More

Is my Old Oil Stock worth Anything?

An old petroleum stock certificate’s vignette is often its best value for scripophily – certificates as collectibles. Read More