The historical society receives many inquiries, often from students or teachers working on class projects. Others come from journalists and documentary makers seeking background.
A volunteer often can provide needed historical information, suggest more resources, and offer contacts from the petroleum industry — including executives, museum directors and volunteers, and energy education workshop practitioners.
Links and helpful contacts for photography links, selected publications, books & artists, and more. The featured book review is from the 2009 celebration of the 150th anniversary of the nation’s petroleum industry.
Among oil patch artists, painter JoAnn Cowans of Fullerton, California, is among this historical society’s earliest (and most talented) volunteers. She has donated selections from her award-winning art to the society’s energy education conference events — and to many community petroleum museums.
A list of national and federal resources for teachers, students and industry researchers — an on-going research product as a service to historical society members, teachers, students and researchers of the petroleum industry. Featured here are multiple links to U.S. Department of Energy education programs, national laboratories, and other federal agencies. Many of these sources include sections for researchers — for finding the latest news in energy.
An extensive collection of leading state programs (especially those designed for grades kindergarten through 12th grade) with emphasis on oil and natural gas exploration and production. This section also includes links to professional organizations, industry sources and trade associations. Further, each state listing of resources includes a brief history of that state’s exploration and production history.
Answers about the petroleum industry heritage often can be found in issues of the Society’s original Petroleum Age newsletter, published from June 2004 to March 2009. The 16-page newsletter’s articles and museum news features, many of them now posted on this website, offer little-known stories about more than 150 years of U.S. exploration and production. To subscribe to an email version, please add your email address here.
The society maintains a Google website as a newsletter archive. Click here to view and download complete issues of the original Petroleum Age from when it was a quarterly newsletter.
The historcial society has published two special American Oil & Gas Families publications — featuring regional petroleum histories of Ohio, West Virginia and Texas. These energy education booklets include exploration and production facts, local interviews with producers – and an inside look at petroleum museum exhibits.
Have you come across an old petroleum company stock certificate but are unwilling to spend a lot of money for professional research? You are invited to post questions…or help others with theirs.
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