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The American Oil & Gas Historical Society (AOGHS) seeks to preserve U.S. petroleum history. Our energy education mission depends on donations. After reporting on the industry since the 1980s, Bruce Wells founded AOGHS in 2003. Based in Washington, DC, AOGHS is an unincorporated sole proprietorship business that assists researchers, teachers, students and others interested in petroleum history, thanks to the volunteer efforts of the senior contributing editor, Colonel (ret., USAF) Kristin Wells of Naples, Florida.

“We strongly believe industry’s history of social, economic, and technological achievements since 1859 provides an important context for teaching the modern energy business, especially to young people. There are many individuals from the oil patch, including  volunteers at community museums, historical societies, and many professionals from the industry, who not only help preserve a remarkable history, but also serve as ambassadors to the public.” 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.

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Bruce Wells speaks at industry conferences.

Wells in History Awards 

Bruce Wells received the Keeper of the Flame Award from the Petroleum History Institute, Titusville, Pennsylvania, in August 2009. He was co-chairman, Oil 150 Committee for the Sesquicentennial of America’s First Oil Discovery, Oil City, Pennsylvania, 2008-2009, and in the Titusville Oil Sesquicentennial Parade as a Drake Well Museum “Drake Day” VIPin 2009. Weills also was an honorary co-chairman of the 75th Anniversary of East Texas Oil Field Discovery Committee, Kilgore, Texas, in 2005, and an honored guest, at the 35th Annual Sistersville Oil and Gas Festival in Sistersville, West Virginia,  in September 2003.


John Wilkes Booth and Dr. Seuss were once in the oil business; Maybelline cosmetics, Hula-Hoops, nylons, and Wax Lips were all petroleum product offspring; Harry Houdini patented a deep sea diving suit adopted by offshore drillers; “fracking” was the profitable brainstorm of a cashiered Union veteran; Florida’s first oil well was drilled after the state offered a reward; and countless thousands of obsolete stock certificates fascinate collectors – each has a tale of its own. Read More about AOGHS.



The American Oil & Gas Historical Society preserves U.S. petroleum history. Support this energy education website with a donation today. For membership information, contact © 2018 Bruce A. Wells.