Energy Education Mission

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The historical society has hosted popular energy education conferences and field trips.

The American Oil & Gas Historical Society (AOGHS) promotes community museums and other organizations that preserve a remarkable history.

In June 2007, AOGHS founder and executive director Bruce Wells hosted an Energy Education Conference & Field Trip in Oklahoma City. It was made possible thanks to the assistance of a volunteer membership director, Timothy G. Wells of Madison, Alabama.

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An AOGHS Oklahoma City conference included a field trip to museums in Seminole and Tulsa – with a stop at the Golden Driller, built in 1953.

In addition to responding to media inquiries and research requests, AOGHS daily updates and adds historical content to its website. To raise awareness of the industry history and increase energy education, AOGHS maintains a communication network of museums, historical societies and similar organizations.

Support the Society Today:  A Message from the Editor

AOGHS is administered as a 501(c)-3 nonprofit unfunded program of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) Education Foundation. The 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. AOGHS 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.

Please support AOGHS with a donation.