Your source for energy education. Petroleum history offers a context

for teaching the modern business of meeting America's energy needs.

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


  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
This Week in Petroleum History, March 2 to March 8

Wham-O patents its popular “Hoop Toy” thanks to Marlex, a high-density polyethylene invented by Phillips Petroleum Company. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, February 23 to March 1

A new petroleum product invented in 1935, nylon brings synthetic fiber to toothbrushes, clothes, luggage, automobiles – and stockings. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, February 16 to February 22

Founded in 1902 to repair sawmill machinery, Lufkin Industries will invent an oilfield pump soon known as the nodding donkey, grasshopper and more. Read More

This Week in Petroleum History, February 9 to February 15

Ninety earth science professionals in 1917 found the American Association of Petroleum Geologists at a small Tulsa college. Read More


Now on Sale!  A 2015 “Today in American Petroleum History” calendar includes important industry milestones with 12 historic oil patch photographs from the Library of Congress. Order it Today

TwitterFacebookGoogle+Google GmailYahoo MailLinkedInShare

Petroleum history news & EVENTS

Crude History of Maybel’s Eyelashes

Crude History of Maybel’s Eyelashes: Few associate oil wells of the 1860s with women’s smiling faces, but they are fashionably related. Read More

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

First Wyoming Oil Well

In 1883, tales of a fabled “tar spring” may have inspired a wildcatter – Pennsylvanian Mike Murphy – to drill Wyoming’s first oil well. Read More

America on the Move

America on the Move: The Smithsonian Institution’s permanent transportation exhibition features “Route 66.” Read More