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Spetember 30, 2009

An Evening of Video Entertainment at The Movies at Cranberry
Presented by Oil 150 and the Oil Region Alliance

The public is invited to spend an evening at The Movies at Cranberry, in the Cranberry Mall, Venango County and enjoy three new films that have been produced by the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism. The presentations will begin at 7:00 pm.

The event is free and open to the public.

The first film will be the hour long- documentary, The Valley that Changed the World, which was produced by WQED multimedia, Pittsburgh and the ORA. The film presents a historical view of the petroleum industry and the changes that it has brought to the world. The film was premiered in April, 2009 and is now being presented nationwide on various PBS television stations.

The second presentation is the premiere screening of Stories of a Third Generation Independent Oil Producer, as told by Bill Huber. In this new film, produced by Pittsburgh’s Legion Media, Bill Huber recounts his family’s history as independent oil producers in the Oil Region National Heritage Area. The film is highlighted by entertaining and informative anecdotes as well as by historical photographs from the Huber family albums. The program was financed in part by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ We the People initiative on American history. Additional funding was provided by Baker Hughes, National Fuel Gas Foundation, and the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism.

Pennsylvania Crude, the Road Trip, is a 10-minute portion of a new DVD featuring the Oil Heritage Region being produced to showcase the world’s original oil patch. The complete DVD will be an accompaniment piece in a new high-quality hard-cover coffee table book emphasizing the legacy companies and families in the oil and gas industries of northwestern Pennsylvania and adjacent counties in New York State. The DVD will provide multiple new driving tours in the project area, with tour themes including not only the oil and gas industries but also recreational natural resources and cultural resources.

Randy Seitz, President of the ORA said: “Come and enjoy these three productions and get both a historical and contemporary view of the Oil Heritage region and how it has affected the entire world.”

The Movies at Cranberry is providing the use of the theater as a community service. Concessions are available at the theater. Additional sponsorship is provided by Neil and Lois McElwee.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 814-677-3152 or 800-483-6264.

Contact: Will Wingo, Oil 150 Director
814 677-3252
wwingo@oilregion.org

September 30, 2009

Oil 150 Commemorative items are still available

A wide range of items designed for the Oil Region Alliance during the Oil 150 celebration are still available for sale, both through the online store and at several retail sales locations.

The online store at: http://www.oil150.com/store/ has the most current listing of items that are still on sale.

The printed catalog lists the full range of items that have been produced for the project. If you are interested in any items that are listed in the printed catalog but not on the website, please call 814 677-3152 to check on availability. Small quantities of some items that are no longer listed on the website are still in stock for purchase.

The Oil 150 Coaster depicting the Drake Well, produced for us by Wendell August Forge would make an excellent selection for a gift for the upcoming holidays. The commemorative coin marking the anniversary and the Oil Region National Heritage Area are still in stock and would make an excellent item for employees or family members. The Edwin Drake vanity stamp and first day cover, dated August 27, 2009 with the railway post office cancellation would also make an interesting Christmas gift.

Oil 150 items are still being stocked by the following retail outlets:

Titusville: The Gift Box, OC and T Railroad, Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Drake Well Museum store.

Oil City: The Venango Museum of Art Science and Industry, the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce and the ORA Office.

Pleasantville: Coal Oil Johnny Eatery

Franklin: Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce

Emlenton: Pumping Jack Museum

Contact Will Wingo or Melissa Mann at the Oil 150 office at 814 677-3152, email wwingo@oilregion.org or mmann@oilregion.org.

www.oil150.com

September 07, 2009

Oil 150 is not over!

Several of the major events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the discovery of the first commercial oil well in northwestern Pennsylvania have been completed but there are many more projects and programs that will cap off the 17- month celebration.

Randy Seitz, President of the Oil Region said: “We have had an extremely successful and memorable series of events throughout the spring and summer, but there is much more to come to finish out this celebration.”

Here is a partial listing of events over the next several months that will continue to focus attention on the region and the heritage of the oil industry in northwest Pennsylvania:

September 12, 2009 at 3:00 pm: Oil Creek State Park will feature Ms. Amy Randolph, Senior Geologic Scientist, Pennsylvania DCNR presenting a slide program discussing the history of the Columbia Farm, now within the park.

September 30, 2009 at 7:00pm: The Oil Region Alliance will present a viewing of The Valley that Changed the World, and the premiere public showing of Stories of a Third Generation Independent Oil Producer, as told by Bill Huber, at the Movies at Cranberry. There will also be a premiere of the new Oil Heritage Region driving tour, Pennsylvania Crude “The Road Trip”. These presentations are free and open to the public. RSVP and reservations are required and can be made by calling 814-677-3152 or 800-483-6264

October 9, 2009: The Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs in Oil Creek State Park.

October 22, 2009: Edwin Drake, A Re- introduction, Harvey Center lecture at the Venango Campus of Clarion University. William Brice, PhD will be the presenter

November 18 and 19, 2009, Symposium - The Philanthropic Legacy of the Oil Pioneers, at the Titusville Campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

Also slated for late fall is a screening of Stories of a Third Generation Independent Oil Producer, as told by Bill Huber, to be held at the Crawford Center, in Emlenton on December 2, 2009 and the unveiling of a new historical marker commemorating Byron Benson in Titusville on December 10, 2009.

The unveiling and presentation to the public of the new biography of Edwin Drake, Myth, Legend, Reality- Edwin Drake and the Early Oil Industry, by William Brice, PhD, will be held in the near future.

Details and contact information for all of the events can be found at: http://www.oil150.com/calendar/

Contact:
William Wingo or Melissa Mann
Oil 150
814-677-3152

August 20, 2009

TITUSVILLE’S HEISMAN RECOGNITION COMMITTEE

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DEDICATION CEREMONY SET FOR JOHN WILLIAM HEISMAN MARKER
Northwest Savings Bank underwrites the cost of the Coach’s highway marker
Public invited & encouraged to attend

Titusville’s Heisman Recognition Committee is pleased to announce the details of the dedication of the John William Heisman highway marker. The dedication will take place on Friday, August 28th at 1:00pm at Carter Field in Titusville. The marker will be placed adjacent to Carter Field near the corner of Central Avenue and Brown Street.

A partial list of attendees are:
Barbara Zolli, representing the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission;
Congressman G.T. Thompson
Senator Bob Robbins
Rep. Brad Roae
Crawford County Commissioners
Titusville Mayor Jim Nystrom
Barb Ives, Chair of Titusville Oil 150
Randy Seitz, Oil Region Alliance
Members of the Heisman Recognition Committee
Ursula Cox of Atlanta, Coach Heisman’s granddaughter and Georgia Tech alum
John Heisman of Toledo, the Coach’s great-nephew and author of an upcoming biography of the Coach

Another special attendee will be Marty Kinnear of Sun City, AZ. A former resident of Titusville, she spearheaded the drive 25 years ago that led to the bronze plaque honoring John W. Heisman at the site of the current Middle School.

Former Executive Director of the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, Jerry Schill, applied for and received approval for the highway marker by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission in Harrisburg. Assisting with the application were Marilyn Black and Mike Henderson of the Oil Region Alliance.

Northwest Savings Bank has underwritten the cost of the highway marker with a contribution of $1,800. The City of Titusville’s Public Works Department will install the sign.

The Heisman Recognition Committee is a group of volunteers that include Titusville High School Alumni and others with an interest in football and excellence in coaching, teaching, motivation and innovation. The Heisman Memorial Trophy is awarded each year in collegiate football in memory of John W. Heisman, an 1887 Titusville High School graduate.

Contacts: Jerry Schill; Heisman Recognition Committee; 814-354-2924
Steve Coleman; Northwest Savings Bank; 814-827-3671

July 25, 2009

The Valley that Changed the World" at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center

The Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Presque Isle State Park, Erie, Pennsylvania will host a screening of The Valley that Changed the World on Wednesday, August 12, 2009. The production will be presented on the "Big Green Screen" with the film starting at 7:00 pm. The screening is sponsored by the Oil Region Alliance and the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.

The Tom Ridge Environmental Center is located at the entrance to Presque Isle State Park at 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie PA. This is the second screening of the film at the TREC. The first screening in July was shown to a “full house”. The presentation is free and open to the public. Pre- registration is required and can be made by calling the Big Green Screen at 814-838-4123. Seating is limited to 175. Call early to ensure seating.

The Valley that Changed the World is a 2009 co-production of WQED Pittsburgh and the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism. The hour long film chronicles the development of the circumstances that led to the drilling of the first successful commercial oil well by Edwin Drake in August, 1859, the subsequent "oil boom" in northwest Pennsylvania and the impact of the discovery on the world through modern times. The production has recently been approved by the National Educational Telecommunications Association for distribution nationwide.

The program will give you insights into the petroleum industry that you may have not realized-- how kerosene was the initial high demand product of petroleum and what John Wilkes Booth's relationship was to the oil boom.

Randy Seitz, President of the ORA said: "This is an excellent production and is both informative and entertaining. Anyone with an interest in the history of northwest Pennsylvania and the petroleum industry will not be disappointed.”

Contact:

William Wingo
Oil 150 Director
814 677-3152 ext 104
wwingo@oilregion.org

or

Holly L. Best
Assistant Park Manager, Presque Isle State Park
301 Peninsula Drive, Suite 1
Erie, PA 16505-2042
(814) 833-7424
http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/trecpi/index.html

July 15, 2009
Oil 150 First Day Cover

The Oil Region Alliance and Oil 150 will offer a “First Day Cover” featuring a specially designed combination of the Oil 150 logo and “Celebrating the Story- Progress from Petroleum” slogan in full color. The design will be produced on a high quality # 10 white linen (70 #) envelope with a vanity stamp depicting Colonel Edwin Drake at the first commercial oil well and the August 27, 1859 date.

The cancellation will be a special USPS cancellation featuring the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad Post Office which is affiliated with the Oil City Post office. The cancellation features a line drawing of a Densmore tank car and the August 27, 2009 date. Anyone wishing to have other mail cancelled with the postmark may do that by following regular USPS procedures only at the Main Oil City Post Office, 302 East Second Street, Oil City, PA. The cancellation will not be available for other mail at the Perry Street Railway Post Office.

Randy Seitz, CEO of the ORA said: “This First Day Cover” will make an excellent keepsake of the celebration of 150 years of the petroleum industry, which started right here in the Oil Creek Valley.”

The first day cover will become available for sale on Thursday August 27, 2009 at the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad’s Perry Street Station at Titusville, PA. The cost of the first day cover is $5.00 (shipping additional). Advance orders will be accepted via the online store at www.oil150.com and by telephone at 814 677-3152 ext 104. A limited edition of 3,000 covers is being produced. The cover will also be available for sale at the Drake Well Museum Store and at the Oil 150 Store, 111 South Franklin Street, Titusville, PA.

The vanity stamp will also be available for sale in full sheets from the Oil Region Alliance, 217 Elm Street, Oil City, PA 16301.

June 9, 2009

"The Valley that Changed the World" at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center

The Tom Ridge Environmental Center, Presque Isle State Park, Erie, Pennsylvania will host a screening of The Valley that Changed the World on Thursday, June 25, 2009. The production will be presented on the "Big Green Screen" with a reception beginning at 6:30 pm and the film starting at 7:00 pm. The reception and screening are sponsored by Pennsylvania's Great Lakes Region and by the Oil Region Alliance.

The Tom Ridge Environmental Center is located at the entrance to Presque Isle State Park at 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie PA. The reception and screening are free and open to the public. Pre- registration is required and can be made by calling the Big Green Screen at 814-838-4123. Seating is limited to 175. Call early to insure seating.

The Valley that Changed the World is a 2009 co- production of WQED Pittsburgh and the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism. The 57 minute film chronicles the development of the circumstances that led to the drilling of the first successful commercial oil well by Edwin Drake in August, 1859, the subsequent "oil boom" in northwest Pennsylvania and the impact of the discovery on the world through modern times. The production has recently been approved by the National Educational Telecommunications Association for distribution nationwide.

The program will give you insights into the petroleum industry that you may have not realized-- how kerosene was the initial high demand product of petroleum and what John Wilkes Booth's relationship was to the oil boom.

Randy Seitz, President of the ORA said: "This production is a "must see" for anyone interested in the historical connection that northwest Pennsylvania has to the most exciting 150 years of civilization."

June 15, 2009

National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) Accepts Documentary for Nationwide Distribution

The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), a national program distribution service for public broadcasting in the United States, announced that it has accepted the documentary, The Valley that Changed the World, for nationwide distribution.

The Valley that Changed the World is a co- production of the Oil Regional Alliance (ORA) and WQED Pittsburgh. It is a one-hour documentary presentation that celebrates the 150th anniversary of the events that led up to the drilling of the first successful commercial oil well near Titusville in 1859 and the subsequent founding of the world wide petroleum industry. The documentary had its regional local premiere on WQED this past April and has been shown at a number of venues throughout northwestern Pennsylvania to thousands of people.

Randy Seitz, CEO of the ORA said “Nationwide distribution will enable a vast audience to see the role that northwest Pennsylvania played in the development of a series of products and technological innovations that impact each and every person every day." He added that the ORA is "pleased that NETA will be providing distribution through a wide spectrum of PBS affiliates all across the country, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.”

Darryl Ford Williams, vice president of production for WQED, echoed Seitz' comments by adding that “Western Pennsylvania holds a rich history of people and places. Now all the country will have the opportunity to know the extraordinary impact oil has had on the world and where that history started."

Airdates for The Valley That Changed the World are not yet confirmed but will be announced later this summer as stations formulate their airdate schedules.

WQED Multimedia Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 & 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for Station Excellence, produces, creates and distributes quality products, programs and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A Shop NBC affiliate); ClassicalWQED-FM89.3 Pittsburgh/WQEJ-FM89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions, WQED Interactive at www.wqed.org; and the WQED Education Department.

May 14, 2009
The Valley that Changed the World DVD Available Now

"The Valley that Changed the World," a co-production of WQED Pittsburgh and the Oil Region Alliance, is now available in DVD format. The 57 minute production, which premiered on WQED, Pittsburgh's public television station in April, chronicles the discovery of petroleum in the Oil Creek valley in 1859 through modern times.

The DVD features a wide range of local historians and experts in the petroleum industry. The production covers the historical role of northwest Pennsylvania in the story but also discusses the challenges faced by the industry worldwide.

Randy Seitz, President of the ORA said: "This is an excellent production that appeals to a wide range of audiences, from the casual history buff to anyone with an interest in the history of our region".

The retail price for the DVD is $19.95 plus shipping and PA sales tax.

It can be ordered at the online store at www.oil150.com, or purchased at The Alliance on Seneca, 206 Seneca Street, 4th Floor, Oil City and will be available at the following additional retail outlets:

Coal Oil Johnny Eatery, Pleasantville
Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Meadville
Drake Well Museum Store, Titusville
Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Franklin
Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad, Titusville
Pumping Jack Museum, Emlenton
Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, Titusville
Roseart, Bradford
Transit Fine Arts Gallery, Oil City
Venango Area Chamber of Commerce, Oil City
Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry, Oil City

April 15, 2009

Oil 150 Commemorative Coin

The Oil Region Alliance has added a Commemorative Coin to the list of items available for the celebration of the Sesquicentennial of Oil in 2009.

The coin features the Oil 150 logo and slogan in full color on the front and the logo of the Oil Region National Heritage Area on the reverse. It is 1.75 inches in diameter and is finished in antique bronze.

This coin is available at the online store at www.oil150.com and will be available from the following retail outlets:

Venango Area Chamber of Commerce, Oil City
Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Franklin
Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, Titusville
Venango Museum of Art Science and Industry, Oil City
Pumping Jack Museum, Emlenton
Drake Well Museum Store, Titusville
Transit Fine Art Gallery, Oil City
Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad, Titusville
Coal Oil Johnny Restaurant, Pleasantville
Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Meadville
Roseart, Bradford

Randy Seitz, President of the ORA said: "This coin will make an ideal gift or remembrance of this important milestone in the history of our area."

For additional information, contact: William Wingo, Oil 150 Director, 814 677 3152 ext 104, wwingo@oilregion.org

March 4, 2009

The Oil Region Alliance, Oil 150 and WQED Multimedia will present the premiere public screening of "The Valley that Changed the World", an hour long documentary chronicling the development of the petroleum industry in northwest Pennsylvania and the world. The production, by WQED Multimedia, Pittsburgh, features a wide range of historians and personalities from both the Oil Region and well beyond.

Randy Seitz, President of the ORA said: "This screening will be the first public showing of our newly produced documentary showcasing the key role that northwest Pennsylvania, particularly Titusville and Venango County, played in the founding of the world's petroleum industry. Please join us in this exciting evening and help celebrate the 150th anniversary."

The Valley that Changed the World is produced by Iris Samson and Pierina Morelli and was written by Iris Sampson; Pierina Morelli also edited and served as Director of Photography. Sound Mix is by Frank Caloiero and Graphics by Paula Zetter. The Executive Producer is Jocelyn Hough, and Vice President of Production is Darryl Ford-Williams

A reception with beverages and hors d' oeuvres will precede the screening at the Barrow Civic Theater, 1223 Liberty Street, Franklin, Pennsylvania on Saturday March 14, 2009. The reception will begin at 7:00 pm and the screening at 7:30. Each attendee will also receive a copy of the HD DVD as soon as it is available.

Please join us for this exciting event. Guests are asked to wear formal or attire or period costumes appropriate to the Oil Boom days.

The admission price is $50 per person and $90 per couple and reservations are required. Please contact Tony Kresinski at the ORA at 814 677 3152 or 1-800 483-6264 extension 110 or tkreniski@oilregion.org.

Additional information on WQED:

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; a publishing division that includes PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

Contact:
William Wingo, Oil 150 Director
814 677-3152 ext 104
wwingo@oilregion.org

February 24, 2009

The official website of the Oil Region Alliance's Oil 150 celebration, www.oil150.com has added an entire new section of essays describing 15 of Pennsylvania's earliest commercial oil companies.

Randy Seitz, President of the ORA said: "Neil McElwee has done extensive research and has developed an extremely interesting series of essays that chronicle the development of the oil companies with roots in Western Pennsylvania. Anyone interested in the history of the petroleum industry will find these articles fascinating".

The material can be found in the "Essays" section, under "Pennsylvania Oil Companies" at www.oil150.com. The complete list of articles includes:

United Refining Company; American Refining Group, Inc.; Atlantic Refining Company; Crew Levick – Cities Service Group; Empire – Wolverine – Wolf's Head; Freedom Oil Works Co. and the Valvoline Oil Company; Galena Oil Company and Signal Oil; Gulf Oil company; Kendall Refining; Pennsylvania Refining company; Pure Oil Company; Quaker State Corporation; L. Sonneborn Sons, Witco Chemical Co. and Amalie; South Penn Oil and Pennzoil; Sun Oil Co.

The "Calendar" section of the website contains a region wide listing of events occurring through the remainder of 2009. A special section has been opened for the events occurring in the Titusville, Pennsylvania area. Any group or individual with an event themed around the 150th anniversary of oil can use the "Submit Event Information" form in the calendar section of www.oil150.com.

In the "Online Store" several new items have been added including 5 fine art prints, 3 by Gary Crouch: Planning for Gold on Black Gold Mountain, Deep in the Heart of Texas, and Twenty – Four Seven; People of Pithole by artist Daniel "Deac" Mong is available as a signed and numbered print on a foam core backing with an information sheet on the "people"; Fred Carrow's Drake Well is also available as a signed and numbered print (only 150 produced".

Other new items include coffee mugs, tee shirts, and a custom Oil 150 Zippo© pocket lighter.

Please visit www.oil150.com and see what has been added.

Contact:
William Wingo, Oil 150 Director
814 677-3152 ext 104
wwingo@oilregion.org

December 3, 2008

Oil 150 Featured at AOGHS Annual Conference

On November 12-14, 2008, state and national energy educators and petroleum museum directors met in Houston, Texas for the American Oil & Gas Historical Society’s third annual Energy Education Conference & Field Trip.

Oil 150 Deputy Director Melissa Mann was the featured speaker at the conference’s special Oil 150 luncheon. She presented an overview of Oil 150, focusing specifically on the educational opportunities presented by the anniversary. Highlighting Oil 150’s Nationwide Museum Kit Program, Nationwide Poster Initiative, and new documentary film project, Ms. Mann demonstrated how museums and energy education programs around the country can participate in the celebration.

Over the course of the conference, attendees shared their energy education strategies and success stories in open panel discussions. They also attended a workshop featuring the Offshore Energy Center’s new Mobile Offshore Learning Unit (MOLU), a $1.2 million traveling exhibit as well as a reception and tour of the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Wiess Energy Hall. On the final day of the conference, participants enjoyed tours of the Schlumberger Technology Center in Sugar Land and of Varel International, a manufacturer of drill bits for the global oil and gas industry headquartered in Carrollton, Texas.

The fourth annual AOGHS Energy Education Conference & Field Trip will be held in the Pennsylvania Oil Heritage Region during the summer of 2009.

Contact: Melissa Mann, Oil 150 Deputy Director


November 18, 2008

The Oil Region Alliance of Business Industry and Tourism and Oil 150 will sponsor a series of contests in the Oil Heritage Region spanning the period from December 1, 2008 through December, 2009. Contestant may enter by sending in color photos of the related window or outdoor displays.

The first contest will be a regional "Storefront Window Display Contest" which will have one winner each month through December 2009 (13 total prizes). The contest is open to all for- profit and non- profit organizations and businesses.

The rules for the contest are simple- The display must include the official "Oil 150" logo and at least one representation of oil history (such as a wooden oil derrick), and the display must remain in the window for at least one month.

One award will be given to the top window display for each month of the contest (total of 13 awards). Monthly winners will receive an original hand- hammered plate from Wendell August Forge, and will receive recognition at an Oil 150 event and in the regional press.

The second contest will be the "Oil 150 Holiday Decoration Contest" running from December 1, 2008 through January 15, 2009. The contest is open to all residents of Venango County, the City of Titusville, Hydetown Borough and Oil Creek Township, Crawford County.

Contestants should use lights and other holiday decorations, but must either incorporate the official "Oil 150" logo or a derrick into their display. Hand hammered Wendell August Forge plates will be given to the top four holiday displays.

Randy Seitz, President of the Oil Region Alliance, said: "These two contests will add interest to the upcoming holiday season and throughout the year- long celebration of the 150th birthday of oil."

Additional information on entries and a view of the prize is available at www.oil150.com

For either contest, entrants should submit two color photos of the display, name, address and location of the display to:

William Wingo, Oil 150 Director, POB 128, Oil City, PA 16301, or to wwingo@oilregion.org.

Entries will be judged by members of the Oil Region Staff and Oil 150 Committees.


November 12, 2008

The Oil Region Alliance and the Joint Legislative Conservation Committee will co- sponsor the second in a series of lively roundtable discussions in the Pennsylvania Oil Region, this one at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, PA campus.

The topic for this discussion is: The Cyclical Nature of Petroleum Production and Price (With a historical perspective on how and why it happens). Randy Seitz, President of the Oil Region Alliance said: "This will be an interesting review of a subject that is often discussed but is not well understood".

The program will be held on Wednesday evening, November 19, 2008 with an informal reception at 6:30 pm and the roundtable discussion beginning at 7:00 pm. The event will be in the Mukaiyama University Room, Frame- Westerberg Commons Building, on the University of Pittsburgh Bradford Campus, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA.

Serving on the roundtable are:
Dr. Bill Brice, from Johnstown, PA., retired geology professor and editor of Oil-Industry History;
Harvey Golubock, from Bradford, PA., President and COO of American Refining Group;
Neil McElwee, from Oil City, PA., Oil Historian and Author;
Joseph Perez, from State College and Bradford, PA., University of Pittsburgh, Bradford and Penn State University;
Dave Waples, from Fairview, PA., National Fuel Gas and Natural Gas Historian;
Barbara Zolli, from, Titusville, PA., Director, Drake Well Museum and Park

The roundtable will be moderated by Lois McElwee, of Oil City, PA.

Reservations are not required but will be honored.

Contact:

William Wingo, Oil 150 Director
814 677 3152 ext 104
wwingo@oilregion.org

November 6, 2008

“Oil Region Alliance Unveils New Historical Marker”

On Thursday, November 6, the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission dedicated a new state historical marker commemorating Samuel C. T. Dodd. A crowd of 40 people including community members and elected officials attended the event at the Barrow-Civic Little Theatre in Franklin, Pennsylvania.

Speakers at the event included Robert Heller, Mayor of the City of Franklin; PA Representative Scott Hutchinson (R-64th); Carolee Michener, local historian and author of the marker nomination; Susan Beates, Drake Well Museum Curator and PHMC representative; and Randy Seitz, President and COO of the Oil Region Alliance.

“The Oil Region Alliance has sponsored 10 historical markers in Pennsylvania’s Oil Region, and we are proud to add the Samuel C. T. Dodd marker to that number,” remarked Randy Seitz, President of the Oil Region Alliance. He continued, “We are pleased to join the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and our regional partners in these endeavors because historical markers are clear demonstrations of pride in the region and its history.”

The ceremony concluded with the official unveiling of the new marker, which stands in front of 1247 Liberty Street where in 1880 Dodd constructed the existing three-story brick building to house his law practice.

The marker reads as follows: “Samuel C. T. Dodd (1836-1907). General solicitor of Standard Oil, 1881-1905, and author of the Standard Oil Trust Agreement (1882). The agreement led to the company’s dominance of the industry and served as a model for other trusts. A Franklin native, his early law office was located here.”

Financial support for the production of the Dodd historical marker was provided by the PHMC Marker Grant Program, the Petroleum History Institute, and the Oil Region Alliance. The City of Franklin furnished the marker’s installation while the Historic Franklin Preservation Association and the Venango County Historical Society provided refreshments and hospitality for the dedication ceremony.

Issued: November 6, 2008
Available: Photo of Marker Unveiling
Contact: Melissa Mann, (814) 677-3152, x 103: mmann@oilregion.org

October 30, 2008

“Oil Region Alliance to Dedicate New Historical Marker”

On Thursday, November 6, the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Oil 150, the Historic Franklin Preservation Association, and the Venango County Historical Society will host a dedication and unveiling ceremony for the new Samuel C. T. Dodd state historical marker. The ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Barrow-Civic Little Theatre, 1223 Liberty Street in Franklin, Pennsylvania. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend this event. Advance reservations are not necessary.

Speakers at the event will include Robert Heller, Mayor of the City of Franklin; PA Representative Brad Roae (R-6th); Carolee Michener, local historian and author of the marker nomination; Susan Beates, Drake Well Museum Curator and PHMC representative; Lynn Cochran, Executive Director of the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of the Oil 150 Steering Committee; and Randy Seitz, President and COO of the Oil Region Alliance.

Following the dedication ceremony, guests are invited to step outside to 1247 Liberty Street. The official unveiling of the Blue/Gold state marker will take place at this site where in 1880 Dodd constructed the existing three-story brick building to house his law practice.

A native of Franklin, Pennsylvania, Dodd worked as general counsel for the Standard Oil Company from 1881 through 1905. He represented the company in court, in the media, in published pamphlets, and in its inner circle. Dodd’s landmark accomplishment came in 1882 when he authored the Standard Oil Trust, the document that helped propel the company to industry dominance.

Randy Seitz, President and COO of the Oil Region Alliance, encourages the public to attend the marker dedication saying, “There is no better way to celebrate Oil 150 than to commemorate one of the oil industry’s early pioneers. By highlighting Mr. Dodd’s accomplishments, we show the Oil Region’s citizens and visitors alike the enduring pride we have in ‘the valley that changed the world.’”

Financial support for the production of the Dodd historical marker was provided by the PHMC Marker Grant Program, the Petroleum History Institute, and the Oil Region Alliance. The City of Franklin furnished the marker’s installation.

Issued: October 30, 2008
Contact: Melissa Mann, Oil 150 Deputy Director, mmann@oilregion.org
814-677-3152, Ext. 103

October 24, 2008

New Historical Marker Approved for Oil Region

During its October session, Franklin City Council approved the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism’s request to install a new Pennsylvania state historical marker in the city’s historic district. The new marker, approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in March 2008, will honor oil pioneer Samuel C. T. Dodd.

A native of Franklin, Pennsylvania, Dodd worked as general counsel for the Standard Oil Company from 1881 through 1905. He represented the company in court, in the media, in published pamphlets, and in its inner circle. Dodd’s landmark accomplishment came in 1882 when he authored the Standard Oil Trust, the document that helped propel the company to industry dominance.

The new Dodd marker will be installed in the sidewalk in front of 1247 Liberty Street. Dodd constructed the three-story brick building that sits at this site in 1880 to house his law practice. The marker commemorating Dodd will be Pennsylvania’s Blue/Gold city marker (27” x 41½”). Franklin City Council has agreed to install the marker while the PHMC Marker Grant Program and the Petroleum History Institute have donated $675 and $500, respectively toward this $1,400 project.

Randy Seitz, President and COO of the Oil Region Alliance, said “We thank the City of Franklin along with our other monetary donors for their support of this Oil 150 project. The new Dodd historical marker will not only highlight the accomplishments of an important oil pioneer but will educate citizens and visitors to the Oil Region for years to come.”

The Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism, Oil 150, Historic Franklin Preservation Association, and the Venango County Historical Society will host the dedication ceremony and unveiling of the Dodd marker on Thursday, November 6, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Barrow-Civic Little Theatre in Franklin, PA. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Advance reservations are not necessary.

Issued: October 24, 2008
Contact: Melissa Mann, Oil 150 Deputy Director, mmann@oilregion.org
814-677-3152, Ext. 103
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October 23, 2008

Letter Opener is the Latest Oil 150 Product

The Oil Region Alliance and Oil 150 continue to offer a growing list of products and publications through local retail outlets and via the internet at www.oil150.com.

Randy Seitz, President of the ORA said: "We currently offer over sixty items and publications in our online store. Any of these items would make fine gifts for the upcoming holiday season."

One of the latest items to be added is a pewter handled letter opener. The opener features a laser cut image of the original Drake Well and the Oil 150 logo, and an oil derrick on the opposite side. The letter opener is 6 ¾" in length and has a nice, heavy feel.

The letter opener is priced at $24 (shipping is an additional $5 if ordered online). This is a limited edition item and less than 100 remain for sale.

The Letter Opener and other Oil 150 items are also available at the following retail sale outlets: Coal Oil Johnny Eatery, Pleasantville, PA; Drake Well Museum Store, Titusville, PA; Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Franklin PA; Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad, Titusville, PA; Pumping Jack Museum, Emlenton, PA; Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, Titusville, PA; Transit Fine Arts Gallery, Oil City and the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce in Oil City, PA. All of the items are also available at the ORA Offices at 206 Seneca Street, 4th Floor, Oil City.

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October 22, 2008

Oil 150 Speakers Available

The Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism offers a selection of speakers to organizations and groups that would like to hear about either the plans for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first commercial oil well or about specific facets of the history of the oil and natural gas industries.

Randy Seitz, President of the Oil Region Alliance, said: "We have a wide range of speakers who can provide interesting programs to diverse audiences."

Programs are available to fit a range of venues from a traditional evening meeting to a program providing narration while traveling through the oil region on an organized tour.

For example, David Waples, of Erie, is a historian and author who provides programs focusing on the natural gas industry in the northeastern United States. Other speakers such as Dr. William Brice, of Johnstown, can provide can provide information on "pre- Drake" oil discoveries and uses.

The Oil 150 Speakers Bureau currently includes:

Dr. William Brice, Johnstown, PA; John Harper, P.G., Pittsburgh, PA; Chuck Knox, Fort Wayne, IN; Neil McElwee of Oil City, PA; Lois McElwee, of Oil City, PA; Ronda Reda of Patakala, OH; David Waples of Fairview, PA; and Barbara Zolli of Titusville, PA. The Oil 150 staff is also able to provide programs describing the activities and projects of Oil 150. If you are interested in being added to this speakers bureau, please use the contact information below.

If you or your group is interested in a program concerning the Oil 150 project, make an internet stop at www.oil150.com and look at the "speakers" page.

For further information contact: Will Wingo, Oil 150 Director at 814 677-6152 ext 104 or via email at wwingo@oilregion.org.

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September 26, 2008

“Oil Region to be Site of Multiple Conferences in 2009”

In conjunction with the “Oil 150” celebration, several major conferences and symposia are already scheduled to be held in the Oil Region during 2009.

Randy Seitz, President of the Oil Region Alliance, announced, “We’re pleased that oil industry organizations and statewide educational groups are selecting Crawford and Venango Counties as venues for their business meetings and social gatherings. We welcome even more to do so, and will provide coordination assistance to local/regional hosts as part of Oil 150.”

On April 30 through May 3 next year, the Pa. Outdoor Writers Association will hold its spring convention with headquarters at The Arlington Hotel in Oil City and numerous field experiences extending throughout the region. POWA members include authors of magazine articles, books, and newspapers about traditional outdoor sports, as well as broadcasters, editors, and many supporting member companies which generate outdoor products. With a convention theme of “Wrapping History Into Your Story,” locations in Oil Creek State Park and the Kennerdell Tract of State Forest will be specially featured.

The 11th Annual Victorian Architecture and Its Preservation Conference is set for May 8 and 9 on the Titusville campus of the University of Pittsburgh. This conference is being co-sponsored by the university, Titusville Historical Society, and the Oil Region Alliance. Keynote speaker is Catherine Thuro from Toronto, who is the top North American expert on kerosene lamps. Conference attendees will be able to bring in one kerosene lamp each for her examination and description.

The Petroleum History Institute will hold its Annual Symposium and Field Trip on
May 14 – 16, centered at The Caboose Motel and Porter’s Place in Titusville. Members of this nationwide non-profit organization will participate in lecture-style presentations, guided field trips, poster presentations, and informal activities revolving around the symposium theme of “Return to the Valley That Changed the World.”

The West Penn Energy Association (comprised of professional employees from oil and gas companies) will convene at The Riverside Inn in Cambridge Springs and partake of guided field trips into the Oil Region in early May.

Also in the early summer of 2009, the International Oil Scout Association is planning its annual conference, to be based at Peak ‘N Peek Resort. Field trips will concentrate on areas where this unusual occupation began more than a century ago.

The 2009 Energy Education Conference & Field Trip of the American Oil & Gas Historical Society will be held in the area on dates still to be determined during June, 2009. This several-day event is typically attended by the directors and educational staff from museums across the country, plus the energy education coordinators in several states. The Oil Region Alliance will be a co-sponsor of this gathering.

During September, the Pennsylvania Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils will conduct their Annual Conference. Council members and coordinators from across the Commonwealth attend this multiple-day event, which includes field trips to completed and active project sites of the host council, Penn Soil. The conference theme, dates, and headquarters are yet to be decided.

November 18 and 19 of 2009 are the dates for a new symposium, entitled “The Philanthropic Legacy of the Oil Pioneers.” To be held on the Titusville campus of the University of Pittsburgh, this symposium is co-sponsored by the Venango Charitable Trusts, several state agencies, and regional grantsmanship organizations. The Oil Region Alliance is administering this symposium, which will feature presentations by leaders from regional and national foundations that were established by families and companies in the petroleum industry.

Dates and key details about these conferences are updated periodically on the www.oil150.com website.

For more information about these events, or to seek assistance in helping host such gatherings, please contact Will Wingo, Oil 150 Director, at 677-3152, Ext. 104, wwingo@oilregion.org.

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September 11, 2008
Oil 150 Flags and Banners are now available

Oil 150 flags and banners are now available for purchase from the Oil Region Alliance or from retail outlets that are selling Oil 150 commemorative items.

Randy Seitz, President of the ORA, announced: "Anyone can now show support for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first commercially successful oil well by displaying either the smaller (2' × 3') or the full- size flag (3' × 5') with the "Oil 150" logo at their business or home."

The single- sided nylon flags or banners feature a white background with the logo prominently centered and the slogan Celebrating the Story -Progress from Petroleum. They are designed for either indoor or outdoor use with grommets on the left hand edge of both top and bottom hem.

The banner sells for $ 25 and the flag for $ 35. They are both available through www.oil150.com at the "online store".

These and other Oil 150 items are available at the following locations:

Coal Oil Johnny Eatery, Pleasantville,
Drake Well Museum Store, Titusville,
Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Franklin,
Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad, Perry Street Station, Titusville,
Pumping Jack Museum, Emlenton,
Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, Titusville,
Transit Fine Art Gallery, Oil City
Venango Area Chamber of Commerce, Oil City,
Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry, Oil City,

All items are also available at the ORA, 206 Seneca Street, 4th Floor, Oil City, PA 1630

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September 04, 2008

Pennsylvania Geology – Special Edition featuring the Oil Heritage Region

The Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey have announced a joint project reprinting Volume 29, No. 1, of Pennsylvania Geology.

Pennsylvania Geology is a quarterly publication of the Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey. The free reprinted issue is a Special Edition featuring the Oil Heritage Region.

Randy Seitz, President of the ORA, said: "The reprint of this special edition is a valuable resource for a wide range of groups – from school teachers wanting to provide their students with a basis for understanding the geologic history of the region to interested individuals who want solid information on the origin of the world's oil industry in the Oil Creek valley."

The 32 page magazine which was originally published in 1998, features articles such as "Why the Drake Well?" by John Harper, "The Origin of Oil", by Christopher Laughrey and "As the Drill Bit Churns", by Kathy Flaherty. It also contains an interesting article by Samuel Pees discussing "Oil Creek's Riparian Wells", which describes the early efforts of drillers to recover oil from the banks and even "off shore" in Oil Creek.

An electronic version of the publication is available for downloading at: www.oil150.com. Look under "Teachers" and then "Classroom Resources".

This reprint could provide a basis for a full semester of work at the middle or high school level for teachers interested in both basic science and geology.

Distribution of the reprint is through the ORA, 206 Seneca Street, 4th Floor, POB 128, Oil City, PA 16301. Complimentary copies are available upon request.

Contact: William Wingo, Oil 150 Director, 814 677-3152 ext 104, wwingo@oilregion.org.

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August 28, 2008
Retail Sales Outlets for Oil 150 Items

The Oil Region Alliance and Oil 150 have established consignment sales locations for various promotional items related to the celebration of 150th Anniversary of the world's first successful commercial oil well.

Randy Seitz, President of the ORA, said "With the addition of these co-operating retail outlets, it will be much more convenient for anyone interested in purchasing an item to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the discovery of oil."

Oil 150 items are available at the following locations:

Coal Oil Johnny Eatery, Pleasantville,
Drake Well Museum Store, Titusville,
Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Franklin,
Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad, Perry Street Station, Titusville,
Pumping Jack Museum, Emlenton,
Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, Titusville,
Venango Area Chamber of Commerce, Oil City,
Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry, Oil City,

Shopping for a keepsake for yourself or a guest? Consider these Oil 150 products: a 3' × 5' nylon flag; a lapel pin; or perhaps a keychain.

Additional items are also available at the online store in the Oil150 website, www.oil150.com.

If your business or organization is interested in becoming a sales location, please contact Oil 150 Director William Wingo, 814 677-3152, ext 104.

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August 15, 2008

Panel Discussion on "The Relevance of Oil History in Modern Times" held in Titusville on August 12th."

Guests from 8 counties in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York listened and participated in an interesting panel discussion presented by the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism and Oil 150 entitled "The Relevance of Petroleum History in the Modern World", Tuesday evening, on the University of Pittsburgh, Titusville Campus.

Randy Seitz, President of the ORA, who coordinated the event, said "This is the first of a series of educational opportunities. We encourage you to demonstrate your support and help spread the word across the country about this important anniversary."

State Representative Scott Hutchinson, Chairman of the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee said "This anniversary celebrates the important and ground breaking events that happened here in the Oil Creek Valley. We are pleased to sponsor events and activities to help promote Oil 150 in the oil region and nationally."

The panel consisted of well- known local and regional historians and individuals with diverse interests in the modern petroleum and natural gas industries.

The wide- ranging discussion also included information and views from a geological perspective by John Harper, of the Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey who said "He who ignores history is destined to repeat it. Knowledge of past practices is very important when you are out trying to produce something that is so important. We do not want to repeat past mistakes."

Dr. William Brice, author of a soon- to- be published biography of Edwin Drake, provided several insights into his views on the historical perspective "People often ask why we study history … except for the wheel and gunpowder, I was unable to think of any other industry that has changed the world to the extent which oil has."

The entire discussion was taped by Armstrong Cable and will be available to subscribers with Video on Demand service in the near future.

The Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was the sponsor of this event in conjunction with "Oil150".

Contact: William Wingo, Oil 150 Director
814 677-3152 ext 104
wwingo@oilregion.org
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August 05, 2008

Press Release

Round Table Discussion - August 12, 2008

"The Relevance of Petroleum History in the Modern World"

The Pennsylvania Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee and OIL 150 will jointly present a free, public reception and a roundtable discussion entitled "The Relevance of Petroleum History in the Modern World" at the Haskell Memorial Library Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh, Titusville Campus, on Tuesday evening, August 12, 2008.

The event will be held in conjunction with the beginning of the 17- month celebration of Oil 150 - Progress through Petroleum and Oil, which is administered by the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism.

The reception will be held in the Haskell Memorial Library starting at 7:00 pm and will be followed by the round table discussion.

Lois McElwee will be the moderator for the discussion. Mrs. McElwee was the Oil 150 Coordinator from October of 2005 through January of 2008. She is employed as an engineering professional with an industrial equipment manufacturer catering to the aluminum and steel rolling mill trade. She received her BS degree from Penn State University. Lois resides in Oil City, Pennsylvania.

Roundtable participants are the following:

Dr. William Brice, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is a Professor-Emeritus of Geology & Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (Pennsylvania) where he joined the faculty in 1971. He has written over 100 articles and presentations relating to the history of geology, the oil and gas industry, and biographical studies. He has published two books, Cornell Geology Through the years and Gilbert Dennison Harris: A life with Fossils. Currently he is preparing a new biography of Edwin Drake, to be published in the spring of 2009.

John Harper, P.G. is a geologist with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), where he is employed as the Chief of the Oil, Gas and Subsurface Geology Section of the Pennsylvania Geologic Survey. He has also been involved in studies dealing with a variety of geological issues, and has published numerous professional and popular articles on many aspects of geology and geologic history. Mr. Harper resides in Pittsburgh.

Neil McElwee, of Oil City, is a self-employed businessman and author of several books including Oil Creek the Beginning, an account of the development of the oil industry along Oil Creek following the Drake Well oil strike in August of 1859; the “Standard Oil Co. Men in the Early Oil Region”; and the newly released “The National Transit Co., Standard Oil’s Great Pipeline Company”. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Marquette University.

Rhonda Reda serves as Executive Director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program. Ms. Reda serves on the Public Outreach Committee of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and is an active member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. Ms. Reda recently served on the White House Task Force on Energy Education. Ms. Reda is a graduate of both Ohio University and Edison State College and resides in Pataskala, Ohio.

David A. Waples, of Fairview, Pennsylvania is the author of "The Natural Gas Industry in Appalachia: A History from the First Discovery to the Maturity of the Industry." Dave is employed as corporate communications manager for a natural gas utility. He also teaches speech communications at Penn State University-The Behrend College. He has a Bachelors degree in Journalism from Utica College of Syracuse University and a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Barbara Zolli is the Director of the Commonwealth site where Edwin Drake drilled the well that launched the modern petroleum industry in 1859. She also oversees the Pithole Visitor Center and McClintock Oil Well #1 for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and completed Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies requirements toward a Masters from the State University of NY.

The public is invited to attend this interesting discussion at the University of Pittsburgh, Titusville Campus.

For further information visit: www.oil150.com or contact: William Wingo, Oil 150 Director
814-677-3152 ext 104.

Issued: August 5, 2008
Contact: William Wingo
wwingo@oilregion.org
814 677-3152 ext 104

Available on request: Photo of Lois McElwee
Photo of William Brice
Photo of Neil McElwee
Oil 150 Logo in color or black and white

August 01, 2008

NEWS RELEASE
FOR RELEASE: August 1, 2008

“Resolutions Recognize Kick-Off of Oil 150 and Oil Heritage Month”

This morning, August 1, area legislators, elected officials, volunteers, and many area citizens gathered at Drake Well Museum to announce the recent passage of multiple resolutions recognizing the kick-off of “Oil 150” and “Oil Heritage Month.”

Mr. Will Wingo, Oil 150 Director at the Oil Region Alliance, welcomed guests and encouraged one and all to participate in the 17-month celebration of the anniversary of the August, 1859 beginning of petroleum production at Drake Well along Oil Creek in Venango County, near Titusville, Pennsylvania. The nationwide celebration also heartily acknowledges the progression of oil finds, inventions, and business development which has reached across the USA and around the world in the subsequent 150 years.

Speaking on behalf of Congressman John Peterson, Mrs. Barbara Ives indicated that a federal resolution has been introduced for vote by national legislators to point out the importance of this industry and its broad geographical reach, including 31 states with production today and 33 states with refining facilities today. This bill asks the President to issue a proclamation in support of the Sesquicentennial of Oil.

Senators Mary Jo White and Robert Robbins served as key sponsors for Pennsylvania Senate Resolution #343, which was adopted by the Senate on June 10, 2008. This resolution designates the month of August as “Oil Heritage Month” across the Commonwealth. Senator White said, “It is hard to imagine that oil is just 150 years old when you see how many ways it has changed our lives and world.” Senator Robbins stated, “Congratulations on the planning; the hard work is just starting now. Share with the world your love of this area.”

Representatives Scott Hutchinson and Brad Roae introduced Pa. House Resolution #827, which was adopted by the Pa. House of Representatives on June 26. This resolution supports the overall “Oil 150” endeavor and recognizes August as “Oil Heritage Month” as well. Rep. Roae said, “This is an exciting time, especially seeing our visitors focusing right here. What a great economic opportunity for the communities. It is also important to remember our heritage and the impact that oil had on our region.”

Rep. Hutchinson said, “Frankly, the focus is on the entire oil region; it is important that we strut our stuff a bit and take this opportunity. We have already been on national and international television; keep that media attention going, and have some fun while remembering how energy and oil are intertwined in our everyday life. Also look to the future role of oil in this country. Nothing more important than this happened in August, 1859.”

Attending on behalf of Venango County, Commissioner Troy Wood delivered a framed resolution which was recently approved by all three commissioners in order to support “Oil 150 – Progress from Petroleum” and declaring “Oil Heritage Month” for August, 2008 and August, 2009 in Venango County. Commissioner Wood said, “Venango County is on the map because it is the birthplace of the petroleum industry.”

Similarly, Crawford County Commissioner Morris Waid and his fellow commissioners described the resolution they adopted in July to designate “Oil Heritage Month” across Crawford County for August, 2008 and August, 2009. Commissioner Waid said, “Oil is in every little cranny of our lives today. If you could just go back in time to walk through Oil Creek valley during the oil boom, just think how differently it would look, sound, and smell from today.”

Mrs. Barbara Zolli, Director of Drake Well Museum and Park, remarked, “This site has stood the test of time. Soon here at Drake Well visitors will also see a newly installed geothermal system, plus the new exhibits which will move the coverage to the present and into the future. The theme for the new exhibits is ‘There’s a drop of oil in your life everyday.’”

“Oil 150” is a coordinated collection of events, educational activities, educational materials, and other gatherings at the local, regional, state, and national level. For the event schedule, please refer to www.oil150.com.

The texts of each of the resolutions are available on the same website.

Volunteers are welcome to provide input and assistance. Donations and sponsorships are also invited. Guest speakers are available upon request.

For more information about Oil 150, please contact Mr. Wingo at (814) 677-3152, Extension 104; wwingo@oilregion.org.


Issued: August 1, 2008
Contact: William Wingo, Oil 150 Director; wwingo@oilregion.org
814-677-3152 ext 104
Available upon request: Digital photo from the press conference
Oil 150 logo in color or black/white

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July 01,2008

White Resolution Recognizing August 2008 as “Oil Heritage Month” Adopted by Senate

Part of the buildup to 150th anniversary of oil industry in 2009.

Harrisburg – The state Senate has adopted a Senate Resolution sponsored by Sen. Mary Jo White (R-21) recognizing August as “Oil Heritage Month” in Pennsylvania.

The Senator said the designation aims to encourage residents of the region and Pennsylvania – as well as tourists – to observe and take pride in the commonwealth’s continuing oil legacy.

“On August 27, 1859, ‘Colonel’ Edwin L. Drake drilled the world’s first commercial oil well near Titusville, striking oil at 69.5 feet. The world’s modern oil and gas industry was thus born on the banks of Oil Creek,” said White. “The men and women of this region and across Pennsylvania were leaders building the United States through the development of the petroleum industry, which continues to this day. Oil and gas are currently produced in 31 of the commonwealth’s 67 counties.”

White noted that Pennsylvanians were the pioneers of the world’s oil industry, creating the first oil tank car, oil pipeline, methods of refining oil and other industry innovations.

Pennsylvania oil producers currently operate more than 17,000 wells, producing more than 3.5 million barrels of Pennsylvania Grade Crude Oil each year. Natural gas producers operate at least 50,000 wells in the state, satisfying approximately 25 percent of the commonwealth’s annual demand.

In 1994, a 708-square-mile area in Venango and eastern Crawford counties was designated as the Oil Region Heritage Park. In 2004, Congress designated the same territory as the Oil Region National Heritage Area.

“Oil and gas will continue to play a vital role in this commonwealth’s future since Pennsylvania currently has approximately 14 million barrels of proved crude oil reserves remaining to be produced and an estimated 2.8 trillion cubic feet of proven natural gas reserves in the ground awaiting development,” White said.

Randy Seitz, CEO of the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism agreed with Senator White and said, “The continued development of the oil and natural gas resources of the Commonwealth will play an increasing role in the economic development of our region. We are very pleased with the support we have received from Senator White and the Pennsylvania Senate in adopting this resolution in support of the local oil and gas industry, the Oil Heritage Region and the celebration of OIL 150.”

The Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism is sponsoring Oil 150, the 150th anniversary celebration of the oil industry, which occurs in 2009. Details can be found at www.oil150.com.

CONTACT: Leigh Ramsey (717) 787-9684 - Senator Mary Jo White, 21st Senatorial District, Senate Box 203021, Harrisburg, PA 17120-3021

June 26, 2008

Secretary of the Interior Signs Oil Region Management Plan

The Oil Region National Heritage Area Management Plan has been officially signed by Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary of the Interior for the United States. This is the final step in official permanent designation of Venango County and eastern Crawford Counties as a National Heritage Area, a program coordinated by the National Park Service.

Randy Seitz, President of the Oil Region Alliance, announced achievement of this threshold step saying, “We appreciate the public participation and encouragement provided by so many people and groups during the planning period; and we look forward to tackling the fascinating projects and priorities described in the plan documents from now through the year 2015.”

Public Law 108-447 was signed into federal law on December 8, 2004 by President George Bush, thus making this area the 27th National Heritage Area. The prime sponsor for the designation legislation was Congressman John Peterson, with co-sponsorships by Congressman Phil English and both Pennsylvania Senators. This designation is based on the area’s distinctive legacy as the birthplace of the petroleum industry, and the continuing cultural resources here which reflect that development.

The legislation indicated that the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism would be the administrative organization. It also required that the management plan documents be augmented to address the new federal responsibilities and to include an environmental assessment. In October, 2005, the Oil Region Alliance selected the consulting firm of Icon Architecture of Boston, Massachusetts to conduct these studies and to coordinate public participation throughout the planning.

The complete plan documents are available on line at www.oilheritage.com. Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell furnished an approval letter on February 7, 2007. Letters of concurrence were also received from the Pa. Historical and Museum Commission, Pa. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Seneca Nation, and the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service. In July, 2007, the National Park Service ruled that the plan documents and process fulfilled the legislative requirements and recommended that the final signature be affixed by the Secretary of the Interior. Mr. Kempthorne’s letter to the Oil Region Alliance is dated May 22, 2008.

By completing the required planning steps, the Oil Region National Heritage Area will be eligible for higher levels of federal funding in FY 2009 and beyond in order to carry out the projects and priorities described in the newly approved ORNHA Management Plan.

Printed Executive Summaries will be mailed to all area municipalities and libraries during the coming week. Individuals desiring an Executive Summary and/or CD of the complete plan may request complimentary materials by contacting Mrs. Marilyn Black, Vice-President for Heritage Development, 677-3152, Extension 105, mblack@oilregion.org.

May 05, 2008

International Symposium and Field Trip- The Petroleum History Institute

William Wingo, OIL 150 Director

The Petroleum History Institute, based in Oil City, Pennsylvania and the Petroleum History Society, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada sponsored an International Symposium, “Oil Springs, Ontario 150 years – Back to the Future” and field trip in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, May 7 through May 10, 2008.

The event was co-sponsored by the Ontario Petroleum Institute, History of Geology Division/ Geological Society of America, and the History of Earth Sciences Society.

The annual symposium featured Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon as the guest speaker at Victoria Hall in Petrolia, Ontario. Dr. Homer-Dixon is the author of "The Ingenuity Gap", winner of the Governor-General's award for non-fiction and "The Upside of Down".

Poster presentations and technical papers were presented over two days and an extensive field trip was held on May 10th.

OIL 150 Director William Wingo presented a technical paper on the operational cycle of the Reid Gas Engine and OIL 150 Deputy Director Melissa Mann presented a paper titled “Stories of a Third Generation Independent Oil Producer: An Oral History Project”.

Dr. William Brice, who serves on the OIL 150 Steering Committee presented a paper on “Samuel Kier- an Oft- Forgotten Oil Pioneer”.

April 14, 2008

Oil 150 in the Public Eye

A announcement in the mail, an email, a map, a billboard, a T-shirt or a Ball cap, are ways we communicate and express our support and interest to friends, loved ones, business contacts, and strangers. Thanks to Oil150, Americans are using all of these means and more to kindle the discovery our nation’s oil and natural gas heritage. And, you can get in on the act.

For the nationwide celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Drake Well and the birth of the Petroleum Industry, Oil150 is asking other Americans, be they private individual, non-profit or for-profit organizations, and business entities to help spread the word about Oil150 celebration by using the Oil150 logo. And, many have already started using it in creative ways like Barr’s Insurance of Oil City, PA who incorporated the logo into their billboard; the Drake Well Museum which has it on their website and printed brochures and plans to put it on labels of souvenir bottles of crude oil; the City of Titusville’s first used the logo on their community map; and the County of Venango has it on all their metered mail. The Texas Panhandle Royalty & Owners Association have put it on there website and on their e-newsletters and their hardcopy newsletters from now through 2009.

“The Oil150 Steering Committee has approved the logo for use by organizations and business that include the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, American Refining Group, Inc. in Bradford, PA and New York, Fidelity Exploration & Production Company in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States, the Desk and Derrick Association of Oklahoma City, the Cities of Titusville, Oil City and Franklin, Venango County, The American Oil and Gas Historical Society, the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad, and many others from historical societies to trade organizations, associations, and private businesses. The Oil150 logo is now appearing on newsletters, stationary, metered mail, websites, brochures, and CDs across the country”, states Will Wingo, the Oil 150 Director.

The Oil 150 Logo Use Agreement Form with instructions for use requests and the Oil 150 Visual Identity Standard can be downloaded from web at http://www.oil150.com/who-we-are/policies/ or are available by contacting Will Wingo via phone at 814-677-3152 ext. 104 or email at wwingo@oilregion.org. “The process for authorization is very simple, submit a letter indicating desired use or uses along with the signed agreement form for review,” says Wingo, “when we approve the request we send the logo in various formats, usually by email which makes the whole process move quickly.”

For individuals looking for ways to spread word of the celebration, Randy Seitz, President of the Oil Region Alliance, suggests using one of the products available with the Oil 150 logo. “Prominently displaying the logo by wearing an Oil 150 lapel pin or ball cap and displaying a car magnet or poster can have widespread impact”, according to Seitz. This was recently proved true when an Oil150 ball cap worn by Bill Huber was seen on KDKA-TV News and CBS Evening News in two different news clips that were viewed by millions.
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April 9, 2008

Not licked yet – Oil150 post plans

On meeting notices, utility bills, and business letters traveling across the country and throughout the region the Oil 150 logo is posting an appearance. The logo is stamped on tens of thousands of pieces of metered mail originating in the Oil Region and other places. The cities of Titusville and Oil City were first to start using the Oil150 logo on their metered mail. They have been joined by the ranks of the Oil Region Alliance, the City of Franklin, and the County of Venango. A few businesses and organizations, such as the White Plains, New York firm of Malcolm-Pirnie have also incorporated the use of the Oil150 logo into their postage meters.

According to Will Wingo, Oil150 Director, “This can be done by anyone owning or leasing a postage meter. It is an inexpensive way for businesses and organizations to spread the word about the Oil150 celebration to customers and contacts wherever they may be in the world.” The Oil150 Steering Committee encourages the use of the Oil150 logo on postage meters and welcomes inquiries on how to setup your meter.

Pitney-Bowes, the largest source for postage meters, has artwork for the Oil150 logo available in their system. For a one time fee, which varies slightly depending on postage meter model, Pitney-Bowes will provide the logo for a meter. Before contacting Pitney-Bowes, call Will Wingo at 814-677-3152 ext. 105 for the account code for the postal inscription to use to identify the Oil150 logo. The logo can also be supplied by Wingo in various formats for use by other meter companies.

In 2006 and 2007, citizens from across the country joined in two efforts to petition for commemorative stamps for the upcoming 150th anniversary of both the American Petroleum Industry and the Drake Well. Neither subject was selected by the USPS Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee for a commemorative anniversary issue for 2009. The lack of a commemorative stamp, however, is not preventing the spread of the news of the Oil150 celebration by means of the US Postal System.

In addition to expanding the Oil150 logo use on postage meters, the Oil150 Steering Committee is planning to use the postage system in other ways. The committee has plans for a postal cachet for the 150th anniversary. A cachet is an image, design or inscription commemorating a postal or philatelic event on an envelope, postcard, or postal card that is not a cancellation or pre-printed postage. Cachets can commemorate everything and are frequently made for first day of issue stamp events with designs that range from very simple to extremely elaborate. Randy Seitz, President of the Oil Region Alliance, states “The preliminary artwork for the Oil150’s cachet will incorporate images of the Drake Well and 150 years of petroleum heritage to convey the Oil 150 theme “Celebrating the Story - Progress from Petroleum.” The Oil150 postal cachets will be available for the August 27, 2009 Drake Well anniversary for use with a first day of issue cancelation.


April 04, 2008

Oil 150 Partners with AOGHS on Museum Survey

In anticipation of the 17-month nationwide commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the oil industry, Oil 150 has partnered with the American Oil and Gas Historical Society to survey 250 oil, natural gas, children’s and science museums across the country. The survey (sent to museums in early March) asks museum personnel to identify exhibit and educational elements that will assist them in telling the history of oil in their area as well as the broader story of the U.S. petroleum industry. Oil 150 staff will evaluate the surveys after the return deadline on April 23, 2008.

The needs expressed in the museum survey will be used to shape the Oil 150 Nationwide Museum Kit Program. Oil 150 plans to send each participating museum a package containing media, educational and promotional materials suitable and appropriate for their respective audiences. As the Oil 150 celebration unfolds around the nation, each of these museum communities will be able to both refine their own unique story and concurrently share it and integrate it into a complex, wonderful tale of oil industry creativity and achievement by building or enhancing their own exhibits with the components in the museum kits.

“We would like to invite museums from around the country to participate in the Oil 150 celebration. Museums will be able to make their needs known through the survey, allowing us to facilitate their participation,” stated Oil 150 Director Will Wingo.

Oil 150 plans to distribute the museum kits in the fall of 2008. To date, Oil 150 has submitted grant applications to Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development as well as Department of Conservation and Natural Resources seeking $30,000 and $60,000 respectively toward this project. Matching funds for these grants will be generated through Oil 150’s fund-raising initiative. Sponsorship opportunities exist for specific components as well as the complete kits.

For more information on the Oil 150 museum kit program, contact Melissa Mann, Oil 150 Deputy Director at (814) 677-3152, Ext. 103; email mmann@oilregion.org


April 4, 2008

OIL 150 Welcomes New Committee Members

OIL 150 is coordinating the nationwide celebration of the 150th anniversary of the discovery of petroleum in the Oil Creek valley. The 17- month celebration is a combination of events and educational efforts locally, regionally and nationwide.

With the start of 2008, the OIL 150 project welcomes these additional members to the OIL 150 Steering Committee:

Commissioner Troy Wood representing Venango County
Representative Scott Hutchinson, 64th PA Legislative District
Roger Sigworth, Bruin
Lois McElwee , Oil City

Special alternates to the Steering Committee, representing the Drake Well Museum in the absence of Barbara Zolli are:

Susan Beates
Larry Say
Daniel Weaver

The OIL 150 Development Council is responsible for fund- raising for many facets of the OIL 150 celebration that include a traveling photo exhibit, educational museum kits, a documentary film on the development of commercial well drilling from its inception on Oil Creek to the modern day production of the vast number of products based on petroleum, and many other programs.

The Development Council welcomes the following additional members:

Kenton Chickering, Hemiwedge Valve Corporation, Conroe, Texas
Galen Cobb, Haliburton Corporation
Rob L. Looney, Texas Oil & Gas Association
Adam P. Haynes, Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association

OIL 150 has many Committees and sub- committees assisting in these and other aspects of the project. If you are interested in serving on any of these groups, please contact William Wingo, OIL 150 Director at (814) 677-1352, extension 104, or at wwingo@oilregion.org


December 27,2007

OIL 150 Staff Appointments

With the “OIL 150” educational activities and celebration nearing, the Oil Region Alliance and the Oil 150 Steering Committee have filled 3 positions to fully staff the “OIL 150” initiative. William Wingo of Titusville is hired as the OIL 150 Director, Melissa Mann of Meadville has been appointed as OIL 150 Deputy Director and Amy Nurss of Oil City will serve as the OIL150 Development Specialist.

Randy Seitz, President of the Oil Region Alliance said, “Since the fall of 2005, Mrs. Lois McElwee, as the part time OIL 150 coordinator, has been able to provide a solid plan and foundation for multiple public awareness programs including a professionally prepared documentary and for the initiation of a nationwide fund raising campaign. Mrs. McElwee will be concentrating on other professional responsibilities and will now become a voting member of the OIL 150 Steering Committee.”

Seitz continued: “The newly appointed staff will build on the foundation established by Mrs. McElwee and will continue to expand the OIL 150 celebration as directed by the ORA and the OIL 150 Steering Committee.”

The mission of the OIL 150 initiatives will encourage and support a national and international celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Drake Well and the concurrent birth of the world’s petroleum industry.

The celebration will foster the discovery and appreciation of our nation’s oil history and its roots in the Oil Region National Heritage Area . Ultimately the OIL 150 celebration seeks to inspire future generations to fully realize the oil and natural gas industry’s extraordinary legacy.

Mr. Wingo is a 25 year resident of the Titusville area. He was most recently employed as a Health, Safety and Environmental Manager for an international contractor to the Department of Defense supplying support to Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad, Iraq. Prior to that Mr. Wingo was the Manager of the Titusville Hospital EMS. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y.

Ms. Mann has been a resident of Meadville for the last 3 years and most recently served as an Educational Outreach Coordinator at Allegheny College. Prior to that, she was a photo archivist at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio and a Master of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

The Director and Deputy Director will serve as the main information conduits for all aspects of implementing the celebration of “OIL 150”. This program includes a wide range of educational activities, a national awareness campaign, grantsmanship, local, regional and national fund raising, and coordination of many special events and enhanced museum exhibitry.

Ms. Nurss is an 11 year resident of Oil City. She was most recently employed as an advertising representative at WKQW in Oil City. Prior to that, she served in a similar capacity with The Derrick and The News Herald. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA. The Development Specialist will be primarily responsible for local and regional fund-raising in conjunction will volunteer personnel.

The OIL 150 staff can be reached at the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism on the 4th floor of the National Transit Building in Oil City. Mr. Wingo can be contacted at wwingo@oilregion.org. Visit www.oil150.com for a complete overview of the project.


October 29, 2007

WQED Selected to Prepare Documentary Film for OIL 150

One of the major activities for OIL 150 is the production and national distribution of a top-quality documentary celebrating the birth of the oil industry and the 150 years of history and progress stemming from the Drake Well success. The Oil Region Alliance and the OIL 150 Steering Committee are very pleased to announce that WQED, the Public Broadcasting Station in Pittsburgh, has been selected to research, script, produce, and distribute this yet untitled program. Work will begin during November.

According to the WQED proposal, “This will be a story of the American spirit, a story of exploration, ingenuity and development that opens a vital chapter in Pennsylvania’s history and in world events.” The hour-long documentary will be scheduled to air in the spring of 2009. It will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Public Television Network and to the Public Broadcasting System through the appropriate distribution stream for consideration. While ORA will own all rights and copyrights for the program, WQED shall be the exclusive license distributor; any net revenues will be split evenly among these entities.

Jocelyn Hough will serve as Executive Producer; Ms. Darryl Ford Williams is the Vice President of Production for WQED Multimedia. Together they bring over 50 years of television experience locally, nationally and internationally. WQED’s staff will perform all functions related to the research, determining the show storyline, interviewing, obtaining archival material, directing shoots, writing the show, directing the edit, and coordinating all ancillary materials. For instance, there will also be a shorter version of the program (for educational purposes) on DVDs, as well as a promotional spot to be used within the broadcast industry to encourage scheduling of the hour-long program.

The proposal from WQED was one of six proposals submitted by various production teams around the country in response to a Request For Proposals issued by ORA in September. Proposals were due October 12.

Funding for this production has been provided by the Pa. Heritage Areas Program within DCNR, the Oil Region National Heritage Area funding from the National Park Service, and the Petroleum History Institute. Additional sponsorships are necessary and will be most welcome. Potential sponsors may contact Mrs. Lois McElwee, OIL 150 Coordinator, at (814) 677-3152, Ext. 104 or 800-483-6264 ext. 104 , lmcelwee@oilregion.org.


May 31, 2007

Nation’s Energy Educators Fuel New Interest in Oil History

A first-ever national gathering of energy educators is set for May 31- June 2, 2007, in Oklahoma City. The group will include educators from more than 50 organizations, including oil and gas museums throughout the country and government representatives such as Oklahoma’s Deputy Secretary of Energy Robert ‘Bobby’ Wegener.

The conference goal is to share national resources that teach the oil industry’s American-born history, including its creation of thousands of world-changing products -- from lighting, heating and transportation fuel, to plastics and pharmaceuticals.

Plans for the oil industry’s 150th anniversary in 2009 will be presented by Oil 150 coordinator Lois McElwee. Barbara Zolli, director of the Drake Well Museum near Titusville, PA, will represent the birthplace of the oil industry -- internationally recognized as the Oil Region of northwestern Pennsylvania.

“This gathering of ‘people who teach the teachers’ about energy is unprecedented,” said Bruce Wells, conference planner and director of the American Oil & Gas Historical Society (AOGHS). “Energy industries are asking educators to work together to help students and consumers better understand complex energy issues so we can help address new challenges and opportunities.”

“Understanding oil industry history is key to this charge,” said McElwee. “It’s a history full of astounding inventions, brilliant inventors, and risk-taking entrepreneurs.”

“For example, almost all components of today’s engines have their origins in internal combustion engines invented for oil field use from 1890 to 1920,” she explained. “Inventor William Meriam Burton created the process for ‘cracking’ crude oil into gasoline and other products. And who better personified the risk-taking entrepreneur than Mrs. Byron Alford who, in 1889, produced 3,000 pounds of nitroglycerine and 6,000 pounds of dynamite per day in her Bradford, PA factory?”

“Every day, the 1859 success of the Drake Well impacts our lives,” McElwee said. “It started a path to unparalleled progress made possible through the synergistic efforts of many people. The AOGHS conference will help others newly ‘discover oil’ on the eve of the petroleum industry’s 150th anniversary, hopefully in a way that will launch a new era of energy innovation and progress worldwide.”

Information on the Oil 150 anniversary is available at www.Oil150.com.
Details about the AOGHS conference are at aoghs.org.


October 31,2006
Where it Oil Began
Worldwide Petroleum Anniversary Plans Announced
Titusville, PA……..

Barrels of fun lead the oil market news today as plans for a special worldwide birthday celebration were announced in northwestern Pennsylvania.

The Oil 150 Committee unveiled a logo for the 150th anniversary of the oil industry which will be celebrated beginning in August 2008 through the official anniversary year of 2009.

The event was held at Drake Well Museum in Titusville, PA, at the site of the world’s first successful commercial oil well drilled by Col. Edwin Drake on August 27, 1859.

“The oil industry has so transformed the world through its products, from the first lamp oil to fuel, lubricants, plastics, and medicines, its impact has been rivaled only by the invention of computers”, said Oil 150 Co-Chair U.S. Rep. John Peterson, R-5th District of Pennsylvania.

The Oil 150 Committee is promoting national and international entertainment and educational events and activities for the general public, students, historians, and heritage travelers.

“The anniversary celebration will recognize the important discoveries, innovations, and achievements in oil industry exploration and production, refining, transportation and storage, marketing, and business organization”, said Oil 150 Coordinator Lois McElwee. “It will also incorporate the very close parallel development of the natural gas industry”, she said.

Drake Well Museum in the Oil Region National Heritage Area is one of the historic sites that will be ready. An expansion and renovation plan was detailed by museum administrator Barbara Zolli in welcoming all to visit.

Oil 150 Co-Chairs Lynda Cochran of the Titusville Chamber of Commerce and Bruce Wells of the Washington, DC-based American Oil and Gas Historical Society reviewed some of the Sesquicentennial celebration goals. They are to:

increase public knowledge of the significance of the early oil and natural gas industry developments in Pennsylvania and later developments resulting in social and economic benefits to the world; enhance interest in oil history and oil-related education fields; and increase tourism at oil-related sites.

The theme for the sesquicentennial anniversary is, “Celebrating the Story – Progress from Petroleum.”
Oil 150 is administrated by the Oil Region Alliance. Its Chairman, Jack Crawford, and President, Randy Seitz, also spoke at the logo unveiling event.

Co-sponsors for the celebration are now being sought. More information about the Oil 150 Committee and its plans is available at www.Oil150.com.


November 07, 2006

OIL 150 LOGO UNVEILED AT DRAKE WELL
The OIL 150 official logo was introduced October 26th at the Drake Well Museum. The OIL 150 anniversary logo will be used from now through December 2009 to identify and brand all events and efforts sponsored by the OIL 150 Committee that promote and celebrate the commercial success of the Drake Well in August 1859.

Designed to be direct, upbeat, quick and proud, the creators of the new logo expect the OIL 150 stylized graphic will appeal to a broad, modern, national audience. The last two letters in OIL are rotated so they converge toward the top and suggest a visual impression of an oil derrick. Above this suggestion of a derrick, three splashes of oil give the logo an energetic, dynamic character. The blue letters and red numbers on a white field evoke the nation’s pride. The Oil 150 Steering Committee contracted the firm of Engel-O’Neill to design the logo. Lois McElwee, the OIL 150 Coordinator, indicated the OIL 150 logo is copyrighted and registered and will be used aggressively as a marketing tool.

During the ceremony Congressman John Peterson of Pleasantville and his fellow OIL 150 Co-Chairs, Lynda Cochran of the Titusville Chamber of Commerce and Bruce Wells of the Washington – based American Oil and Gas Historical Society elaborated on the significance of our oil heritage, the legacy of progress it has given the world, and the opportunities the 150th anniversary celebration presents.

Barbara Zolli, Drake Well Museum Administrator, welcomed the group to the Pa. Historical and Museum Commission facility and cited the interest of others like an oil museum in Hungary in celebration plans. Jack Crawford, Chairman of the Board of the Oil Region Alliance, invited those in attendance to work together to make this a national and international celebration. Randy Seitz, President of the Oil Region Alliance, addressed the continuing initiatives of the Alliance to administer the OIL 150 celebration.

The press conference received wide coverage in local media. In addition, press releases about the Oil 150 committee and logo unveiling were published on several websites including Interest!Alert!, OilOnline, American Oil and Gas Historical Society, and Yahoo; even appearing on International Yacht Vacations & Charters.

July 11, 2006

OIL 150 COMMITTEE PETITIONS FOR POSTAL STAMP
TO COMMEMORATE DRAKE WELL

Seldom does the average citizen have an opportunity to directly influence a national choice. The everyday guy can help determine, however, just what the subject of a commemorative stamp will be. To honor, in 2009, the 150th anniversary of the Drake Well, the oil discovery that launched the modern American petroleum industry, the Oil 150 Committee is circulating petitions across the country seeking national support for a U. S. postal stamp. Based in Oil City, Pennsylvania, the Oil 150 Committee is inviting schools, libraries, related industries, farmers and friends in every state to express to the US Postal Service their enthusiastic support for such a stamp. Lois McElwee, Oil 150 Coordinator, states, “This is a chance for all people, young and old, to express their recognition of the momentous national and international achievements that followed from the Drake Well oil discovery.”

This is the second attempt to nominate a postal stamp to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the birth of the petroleum industry. An earlier nomination was not successful. The Arlington, Virginia based Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee recently informed the Oil 150 Committee that they had previously considered and rejected issuing a commemorative stamp specifically for the 150th anniversary of the American petroleum industry. As a matter of policy, the Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee does not publish reasons for the rejection of any nomination.

The Oil 150 Committee remains determined to have a commemorative stamp. Having received support and signatures in their first attempt from the states of Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Virginia, Washington, Louisiana, Montana, New Hampshire, Mississippi, New York, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona, New Jersey, California, and Pennsylvania, the Oil 150 Committee remains hopeful the distribution and signing of a new petition specifically honoring the Drake Well, rather than the American petroleum industry, will be successful.

The Oil Region Alliance, an economic development partnership, organized the Oil 150 Committee in November 2005. Randy Seitz, President of the Alliance states, “The Drake Well as the birthplace of the oil industry in 1859 deserves commemoration. This is a big story. They don’t get any bigger. A special stamp will do this national story justice.”