Penn Brad Oil Museum

Penn Brad Oil Museum Prices: Adult $5.00 Senior Citizens $4.50 Children Free and also receive a gift from the Desk and Derrick Club.
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Save the date! We finally have a re-opening date and hours. We want to thank everyone for being patient while we worked ...
06/08/2020

Save the date! We finally have a re-opening date and hours. We want to thank everyone for being patient while we worked out the details. Sincerely, the Penn Brad Oil Museum Board and Staff. June 30th is the date, and our days/hours will be Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm and Saturdays 9am-2pm.

An awesome photo from a couple years back from local photographer Brian Berlin. Reminiscent of recent storms and featuri...
06/03/2020

An awesome photo from a couple years back from local photographer Brian Berlin. Reminiscent of recent storms and featuring our once proud derrick.

Part of our preparation for opening is updating the displays, here is a new sturdier display (built from wood salvaged f...
06/03/2020

Part of our preparation for opening is updating the displays, here is a new sturdier display (built from wood salvaged from our recently dismantled standard rig) for the museums priceless Yellow Dog collection. We decided to cap it with our large scale model of one of the United State's first monorails, right here in Bradford in 1877, affectionately known in our area as the 'Peg Leg'

Watch this space for an upcoming announcement with info on our delayed season opening date, days and hours. Of course al...
06/03/2020

Watch this space for an upcoming announcement with info on our delayed season opening date, days and hours. Of course all social distancing rules and other health mandates will be followed. :)

For those of you who didn't get a chance to see the derrick taken down, here is a fairly detailed chronology of the proc...
05/22/2020

For those of you who didn't get a chance to see the derrick taken down, here is a fairly detailed chronology of the process start to finish. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, Kessel Construction did a great and efficient job at taking down this long time landmark.

As we come into the Memorial Day weekend, I would like to take a minute and introduce myself. My name is Fran Bottone, I...
05/22/2020

As we come into the Memorial Day weekend, I would like to take a minute and introduce myself. My name is Fran Bottone, I am a born and bred Bradford boy with a love for local history and some interesting oil history in my own family. My great grandfather was a tool dresser, a driller and later a pumper, starting in the 1880's, till his death in 1926. First in the lost town of Kinzua, and eventually in the Bordell oil fields. Sadly he met his fate there, but that is another story for another day. I will be taking on the role of museum manager, and hopefully I can do my part to honor and preserve the memory and the stories of all of these amazing Bradford area oil men and the industry they built.

A long overdue update on this page, but with sad news on a couple of fronts. For those of you who didn't know, Sam Slocu...
05/21/2020

A long overdue update on this page, but with sad news on a couple of fronts. For those of you who didn't know, Sam Slocum, our long time manager here at the museum, passed away in January of this year after a lengthy illness. Maybe it's fitting then that our iconic standard rig and derrick had to be taken down today in an emergency demolition. A recent inspection revealed a combination of significant deterioration combined with wind damage from a recent storm. This rendered the area around the rig and the derrick unsafe for employees and the public as well. Taking down this long standing landmark was a very difficult decision for everyone involved with the museum to make. Bradford's own Kessel Construction came to our rescue and brought the necessary equipment and manpower in right away, and had everything down in short order. We hope to rebuild as soon as resources allow. Please stay tuned to this page for updates on an opening date.

11/30/2019

Come see Sherri Schulze and Susan Gould at the museum gift shop for Small Business Saturday today.

Penn Brad Oil Museum's cover photo
11/29/2019

Penn Brad Oil Museum's cover photo

Penn Brad Oil Museum's cover photo
11/27/2019

Penn Brad Oil Museum's cover photo

11/15/2019

The museum will be closed on Friday, November 15th, Saturday, November 16th and Monday, November 18th. It will reopen on Tuesday, November 19th at 9:00 AM. Sorry for the inconvenience.

The following article was found on page A4 in the Wednesday, November 13, 2019 issue of “The Bradford Era.” ARG names Gi...
11/13/2019

The following article was found on page A4 in the Wednesday, November 13, 2019 issue of “The Bradford Era.”
ARG names Gisela Miller director of sales
American Refining Group Inc. announced this week Gisela Miller has been named director of sales.
“Gisela is an accom plished executive with decades of industry expe rience,” said John Malone, ARG vice president of sales and marketing. “We are thrilled to add such a skilled professional to our team.”
Miller began her career with DA Lubricant Co. in 1984 as chief financial officer and director of logistics and warehous ing. In 2009, she earned promotion to president of DA Lubricant Co., the role in which she served until 2018. She holds both a bachelor’s degree and Master of Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis.
Miller joined ARG in early 2019 as a consultant in support of ARG’s sales team. She was named interim director of sales in July and was selected recently to fill the role permanently.
As ARG’s director of sales, Miller is responsible for the overall productivi ty of its refinery products sales team. She will han dle major accounts across multiple market segments as well as managing and directing the regional salesforce in achieving sales and profit goals.
ARG President and Chief Operating Officer Jon Giberson said, “Gisela is a great fit for ARG, hav ing spent her entire career in our industry, but she also shares ARG’s values of service and giving back to our communities.”
Based in Indianapolis, Miller is a member and past president of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish Council, member of Starfish Initiatives Board of Directors (mentoring program for under privileged high school students) and a Loaned Executive for her local United Way fundraising campaigns.

Photos of Derrick Day 2019  by Becky Swanson
11/13/2019

Photos of Derrick Day 2019 by Becky Swanson

11/11/2019

Fireside Pumpers to meet Wednesday
The Penn Brad Oil Museum monthly meeting of the Fireside Pumpers will be this Wednesday at Togi’s Banquet Room, 412-422 E. Main St., Bradford.
The speaker will be Dr. Matt Kropf, director of the Energy Institute at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, with the latest updates about the energy programs at the university, as well as developments about his own research. The meeting begins at 7:30 AM.
The cost of the breakfast buffet is $12, and the public is welcome to attend.

Penn Brad Oil Museum's cover photo
11/11/2019

Penn Brad Oil Museum's cover photo

Photo from "Drillers Club"
11/09/2019

Photo from "Drillers Club"

11/05/2019

This story was erroneously reported in today’s “The Bradford Era” and on Facebook.
The breakfast is not on this Wednesday but is on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.
Fireside Pumpers to meet Wednesday
The Penn Brad Oil Museum monthly meeting of the Fireside Pumpers will be this Wednesday at Togi’s Banquet Room, 412-422 E. Main St., Bradford.
The speaker will be Dr. Matt Kropf, director of the Energy Institute at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, with the latest updates about the energy programs at the university, as well as developments about his own research. The meeting begins at 7:30 AM.
The cost of the breakfast buffet is $12, and the public is welcome to attend.

American Refining Group
11/04/2019

American Refining Group

October's Driver of the Month is ARG's own Jason Campbell! #crushingit

10/30/2019
PA State Rep. Kathy Rapp

PA State Rep. Kathy Rapp

During Monday’s House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee public hearing on C02 and Climate, I questioned DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell regarding the so-called “clean energy jobs” that he claims would be created if Pennsylvania was to enter into the false-science driven Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Later in the hearing, I challenged several radical Green New Deal proponents regarding the astronomical recycling costs and serious environmental risks surrounding the implementation of solar and wind alternative energy sources—which again, rely on fossil fuels, as well as oil and natural gas products to operate.

Drillers Club
10/21/2019

Drillers Club

Accurate?

10/21/2019

The board of directors, staff and members of the Penn Brad Oil Museum offer our prayers and sympathy at the loss of Erla Frick, mother of Jim Frick, museum director. The following obituary was found in the Monday, October 21, 2019 edition of “The Bradford Era, on page 2.

Erla Frick
Erla K. Frick, 96, of 25 Clark Drive, Bradford, passed away Saturday (Oct. 19, 2019) at Bradford Regional
Medical Center.
Born June 29, 1923, in Bradford,she was a daughter of the late Norman D. and Lena M. McKenzie Foster. She grew up in Aiken and attended Cyclone schools. She was a 1941 graduate of Smethport High School.
On June 27, 1951, in Degolia, she married Ivan R. Frick, who died Jan. 12, 2000.
Mrs. Frick was a mem- ber of the Hill Memorial United Methodist Church, Chapter 61 Order of Eastern Star, and enjoyed traveling.
Erla was employed as a clerk, at Woolworth’s and Century Home Center for many years, retiring in 1985.
Surviving are two daughters, Marcia (James) Alter of Willow Spring, N.C., and Norma O’Hern of Largo, Fla.; one son, James (Diane) Frick of Limestone, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Michael Frick, Elizabeth Frick, Jaime Robinson, Eric Alter and Lindsey O’Hern; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, Howard Foster; one half-sister, Mary “Tootie” Smith; and one infant sister, Norma Foster.
Friends may call on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 E. Main St., and again on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Hill Memorial United Methodist Church; at 11 a.m. funeral services will be held with the Rev. Jay Tennies, pastor of the Hill Memorial United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Degolia Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hill Memorial United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill. com

The following story was found on page A1 of the Saturday, October 19, 2019 issue of “The Bradford Era.”Dream It, Do It b...
10/19/2019

The following story was found on page A1 of the Saturday, October 19, 2019 issue of “The Bradford Era.”
Dream It, Do It brings BAHS students to ARG By JOELLEN WANKEL
[email protected]
American Refining Group Inc. welcomed 40 students from Bradford Area High School Friday, as part of an extended celebration of National Manufacturing Day, organized through Dream It, Do It of WNY.
The two-part visit involved presentations from various departments of the facility to small groups of students and also a tour of the facility.
“It’s great to see the local kids come in and meet with people. We hope to keep developing kids from the area, help them see us as a really good job opportunity,” noted ARG President Jon Giberson. “We love to hire kids from the area.”
Giberson, who is a graduate of Portville, N.Y., high school, noted he first attended a Dream It, Do It event at his alma mater, where he heard of students who attended previous events and were hired at another local facility as a result.
“This is part of National Manufacturing Day, which was actually a couple of weeks ago (typically recognized on the first Friday in October). However, we are stretching it out to Manufacturing month,” Evelyn Sabina, Dream It, Do It Coordinator, explained cheerfully. She noted that around 200 students were out and about Friday, visiting facilities in the region. Also, around 300 students embarked on similar visits on Oct. 4.
Sabina was thrilled with the way the visit progressed, noting that not only were students well-suited for the visit —many were express-
ing interest in career fields like chemical or mechanical engineering during the visit to the Human Resources station, but also, the presenters included a number of women. This was a great way to show students that the oil and gas industry is a great potential career path for any and all interested job seekers.
Bradford High teacher Pete Eckstrom, who teaches STEAM, explained that he brought his Intro to Engineering class to learn about the refinery.
“I’ve brought kids to different events. This is the first visit to ARG. Our machine shop class visited Case (in the past),” he said. “This is a good opportunity for the students to see real work going on at the businesses around them. This is a neat place and a central part of our community. This is also a heck of a good example of science, technology, engineering, esthetics and mathematics in manufacturing. Here, they can see the different disciplines come together to make an essential product.”
ARG employees representing the Electrical and Instrumentation, the ARG Quality Lab and Human Resources departments were on hand to discuss work at the refinery. Other stations explained computer monitoring of the units within the refinery, safety and equipment and provided a breakdown of the processes used and the various products made at ARG. Students spent 10 minutes at each station and were given a chance to ask questions at the end of each presentation.
“It’s very nice of them to put on this program. I have learned a lot already, and I have only been here 30 minutes,” said BAHS Senior Nicholas Ward.
When asked what stood out to him of the information he had heard already, he explained, “At the electric station, we learned about how they code how all the motors work. It’s interesting to learn about such a largescale operation.”
The event was fun for the staff at the refinery, too.
“We are thrilled to be working with Dream It, Do It (of WNY), who focus on getting young people interested in science and technology careers, especially young women. This is the third event we have been part of, and there are 40 kids from Bradford High visiting to see what we do, what careers we offer,” said David Krantz, VicePresident of Research & Development for ARG. “We see this as priming the pump, creating a pipeline for potential future talent. It is a great opportunity.”
The collaboration was definitely making an impact Friday. Students seemed interested in and engaged by the various presentations.
Sophomore Seth Pierce said he was impressed by “everything over there,” indicating the station where Krantz was providing a detailed explanation of the various products the refinery produces and the process to extract or refine each product.
Another student, who noted his career interests were more focused on wildlife and fishery, said he enjoyed touring the refinery to see “how everything works on the assembly line.”
Students finished out the day with a trip to St. Bonaventure University for a visit.

American Refining Group
10/19/2019

American Refining Group

We partnered with Dream It Do It Western New York to host a Manufacturing Day event at the refinery today. Juniors and seniors from Bradford Area High School toured the refinery and our Packaging Plant and checked out some exhibits at our fire station to learn more about our products and careers. Read the whole story in Saturday's edition of The Bradford Era!

10/17/2019
10/17/2019

The following Page 1 article appeared in the Thursday, October 17, 2019 edition of “The Bradford Era.”

High Street brine water treatment facility has shut down
By RUTH BOGDAN [email protected]

A controversial brine water treatment facility operated by Advanced Water Services in Bradford has shut down its operations.
The news comes from Rick Brocius, Bradford Sanitary Authority executive director, who reported on what happened at Tuesday’s authority board meeting.
According to Brocius, Advanced Water Services was not successful in developing the treatment process.
“Throughout the process the Authority remained supportive and optimistic that the development of the desalinization technology would be successful and potentially provide a cost-effective solution to the brine water disposal issues faced by the local oil producers,” he explained. “However, despite several deadline extensions by the Authority, AWS was unable to develop this desalinization process within the time period defined in the facility’s Industrial Pretreatment Permit.”
The authority voted in October 2018 in favor of issuing an Industrial Pretreatment permit to AWS for treatment of brine water
from area oil producers. Contaminants were to be removed from the brine at the High Street facility, then what’s left was to
be transported through the sewer system to the wastewater treatment plant on Seaward Avenue.
At the time the authority was considering whether to issue the permit, several community members from across the region attended public meetings to express opinions both for and against the plan.
In his statement, Brocius described the purpose of the permit, as well as what was expected of AWS as a permit-holder.
“The Industrial Pretreatment Permit program is intended to protect the receiving stream and the Authority’s wastewater treatment plant from potentially harmful pollutants associated with industrial discharges,” he explained. “The permit issued to AWS required the use of desalinization technology to remove potentially harmful levels of brine (salt) and radioactive pollutants.
“The Authority also maintained the position that it would not accept these pollutants into the treatment plant once the new sludge digesters and reed bed facilities were ready to come on-line,” he continued. “As part of the phase 3 plant upgrades, new sludge digesters and reed bed facilities will be decomposing treatment plant sludges over a tenyear period, yielding a significant savings in disposal costs at a landfill.”
Brocius explained that because of the new technology at the plant, the authority had “to prohibit the salt and radioactive pollutants from accumulating in the biosolids of the reed bed process that could present long-term risks to the authority.”
He reports that the new reeds are growing well and the new digesters are expected to begin use in early December.
Also at the meeting, Engineer Jack Rae provided an update on the phase 3 upgrades at the wastewater treatment plant.
Rae reported that the diffused outfall across the stream is finished and is operational.
“The new sludge digester tanks were also completed and passed water tightness testing. Currently two new stormwater infiltration systems are under construction that will infiltrate run-off from the new buildings and paving back into the ground water,” it was reported to The Era.
The new chlorine building and feed system were started up on Monday, and Rae anticipated that the new treatment plant boiler systems would be started up this week.
Brocius gave an update on multiple stormwater-related projects.
He said work on the stormwater infiltration system on Marion Avenue is almost done, explaining, “About 450 feet of infiltration ditch and drainage pipe will reduce flooding, insect, and lawn mowing concerns benefitting this neighborhood.”
Another stormwater project involved unplugging 40 feet of 24-inch storm line on Rockland Avenue. This issue had been contributing to flooding on Lincoln Avenue. Crews will make drainage improvements and clean storm lines at the top of Lincoln Avenue, too.
Another stormwater project was discovered when “The road milling process for the PennDOT resurfacing projects for South Avenue and West Corydon Street exposed a buried storm basin that needed to be restored,” he said. “BSA and DPW crews are expediting emergency repairs so as not to hold up the paving projects.”
Regarding the sanitary sewer system, “BSA crews also had to make emergency repairs on
a sanitary manhole on Davis Street due to the deteriorated condition of the top assembly,” Brocius reported to The Era. “As the manhole was found to be abandoned it was filled in and paved over.”
On Oct. 10, five Sanitary Authority staff members and four staff members from the Bradford City Water Authority attended the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association’s Region 7 fall meeting at the Straub Brewery visitor center in St. Marys. A representative of the Northern Pennsylvania Region College presented a short program that mentioned careers in the water and wastewater industry.

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Penn Brad Oil Museum On Monday, April 2nd the museum will begin its 47th year for visitors to tour the exhibits. Museum hours are from Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 2:00PM. The Museum will again welcome bus and school group tours. Prior arrangement may be made by calling the Museum at 814 362-1955. Improvements made to the Museum during the winter hiatus include a new lighted, interactive display of McKean County made oilfield engines; a cut-a-way gas meter that show its inner workings, three large mural displays of pictures of the ”…culture that developed in the Bradford Oilfield.” Each mural presentation will feature pictures of the “people of the Bradford Oilfield” from the Early Years, The Water Flood Era, and The Modern Times. The museum display cases have been refitted with new LED lighting which adds brilliance and conserves energy. Penn Brad Oil Museum is a Blue Star Museum and welcomes current service men and women and their families to tour the museum free of charge throughout the season.

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By any chance would you happen to have any parts diagrams or any other information on a pump jack of this style made with wooden beams. I am trying to put one together for an oil well display. Thanks
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