Petroleum Program Series will begin Thursday at Drake Well


TITUSVILLE – Drake Well Museum and Park and Friends of Drake Well will kick off this year’s Petroleum Program Series on Thursday.

The five-part series is scheduled for Thursdays in March. Presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments served at 6 p.m.

Admission to each presentation is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for youth and Friends of Drake Well members.

The first installment is a presentation titled “Shell Project Overview,” by Joe Minnitte, external relations advisor for Shell Chemical Appalachia. Shell Chemical is constructing a facility in Potter Township which will take locally sourced ethane and convert it into polyethylene pellets. These plastic pellets will be sold to manufacturers to produce everyday items like containers, toys, bottles and other household goods. The presentation will consist of a project overview including work done to date, current project status and a synopsis of the operational facility.

The series’ schedule of speakers also includes:

March 8 – “The Well Tender: A Soldier’s Journey from Battlefield to Oilfield” – Roxanne Hitchcock, Oil Region historian

March 15 – “Oil – It is Still God’s Given Gift,” – Ken Baake, Associate Professor, English, Texas Tech University

March 22 – “Titusville Victorians” – William B. Moore, Oil Region historian

March 29 – “Solar Energy” – John Purivs, president, Solar Revolution Erie

Drake Well Museum and Park is located off of Route 8 south of Titusville.

Additional information about the Petroleum Program Series and other museum programs is available at, by calling 827-2797 or on the museum’s Facebook page.