About the Society
The American Oil & Gas Historical Society (AOGHS) advocates the preservation of U.S. petroleum exploration and production history through exhibition, preservation – and especially educational programming.
“Community museums, historical societies, and other organizations not only preserve a remarkable history, they serve as ambassadors to an often skeptical public.” – Bruce Wells
The petroleum industry’s history of social, economic and technological achievements provides an important context for teaching the modern business of meeting energy demand.
To raise awareness of this industry’s history and increase energy education, AOGHS maintains a communication network of museums, historical societies and similar organizations.
Bruce A. Wells, executive director, email@example.com
Kristin L. Wells, senior contributing editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Founded by journalist Bruce Wells, AOGHS maintains and energy education network of many diverse energy education organizations and individuals. It is administered as a 501 (c)-3 nonprofit program of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA).
All AOGHS donations are 100-percent tax deductible (Federal Tax ID: 52-184-9282).
The historical society documents petroleum history – including generations of oil patch families. Articles have featured East Texas, Ohio and West Virginia independent producers, profiling accomplishments of families, historic communities – and oil patch museums. Two 2004 energy education publications, commissioned by the Department of Energy, resulted.
The society published two more than 20,000 “American Oil & Gas Families – East Texas Independents,” and “American Oil & Gas Families – Appalachian Basin Independents.”
Each publication featured communities built on a legacy of petroleum, and the individuals and families who keep the industry productive, providing our nation with domestically produced energy.
Following this research – and recognizing that hundreds of petroleum-related museums and county historical societies lack a communication network, Wells founded the American Oil & Gas Historical Society in June 2003.
AOGHS published a 16-page quarterly newsletter, the “Petroleum Age” until 2009, when IPAA funding for printing and mailing ended. The society’s remaining resources have been directed to this website, which increasingly attracts “unique visitors” every month – more than 7,000 in November 2012.
Petroleum History Honors
Keeper of the Flame Award winner, 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, 2003.
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