The American Oil & Gas Historical Society (AOGHS) is a small non-profit organization that seeks to preserve U.S. petroleum history. Its energy education mission depends on tax-deductible donations.
After reporting on the industry since the 1980s, Bruce Wells founded AOGHS in 2003. Based in Washington, D.C., he writes and edits articles, maintains the website, and assists researchers, teachers, students and others interested in petroleum history. Wells is assisted by the volunteer research and writing of his brother, U.S. Air Force Col. (ret.) Kristin Wells of Naples, Florida.
“We strongly believe many individuals from the oil patch, community museums volunteers, historical societies, and historic exploration companies not only preserve a remarkable history, they serve as ambassadors to the public.”
The petroleum industry’s history of social, economic and technological achievements provides an important context for teaching the modern business of meeting energy demand. Executive Director Bruce Wells has spoken at industry meetings and trade shows – and organized energy education conferences that included field trips to oil museums in Oklahoma City. Wichita and Houston.
AOGHS is administered as a 501(c)-3 nonprofit unfunded program of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) Education Foundation.
Bruce Wells History Awards
Keeper of the Flame Award from the Petroleum History Institute, Titusville, Pennsylvania, 2009. Co-chairman, Oil 150 Committee for the Sesquicentennial of America’s First Oil Discovery, Oil City, Pennsylvania, 2008-2009. Titusville Oil Sesquicentennial Parade and Drake Well Museum “Drake Day” VIP, Titusville, 2009. Honorary co-chairman 75th Anniversary of East Texas Oil Field Discovery Committee, Kilgore, Texas, 2005. Honored guest, 35th Annual Sistersville Oil and Gas Festival, Sistersville, West Virginia, September 2003.
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