Annual Appeal

Make a year-end gift to Friends of Drake Well, Inc., and support Drake Well Museum and Park!


Dear Friend,

It was a busy and productive year here at Drake Well Museum as visitation numbers continued to climb back to pre-pandemic levels. We welcomed 16,815 visitors to the site including over 1,000 school students! Visitation increased by over 5,000 people from the previous year, and we expect to have our numbers continue to increase in 2024. We also had a great season at our Historic Pithole City site which included 486 tickets sold for the annual Pithole Lantern Tours in October.

Goals for the coming year include building up our outreach programs, updating exhibits and improving interpretive signage at both Drake Well Museum and Pithole’s Visitor Center, starting the new David L. Weber Fellowship, and completing the Business of Oil exhibit area at Drake Well. Our goals also include initiatives we take on every year such as the hiring of student interns to assist with various projects, providing quality educational programs and special events to the public, boosting our marketing of the site and our events, and, most importantly, keeping Drake Well Museum and Historic Pithole City fully staffed and operational.

We continue to receive positive feedback from our visitors and school tours with many remarking on the quality of our exhibits, the natural beauty of the site, and, of course, the fascinating history of Drake Well and the early petroleum industry in Pennsylvania. Drake Well Museum and Park’s mission to uncover, preserve, and share this rich history has been successful since its inception, but for this mission to continue holding strong, the site depends on the support of its associate organization, Friends of Drake Well, Inc., and its donors.

The mission of Friends of Drake Well has always been to actively support Drake Well Museum and its associated sites through a partnership with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). This active support is evident in what we as an organization have accomplished over our 40 years of existence. These accomplishments would not be possible without the generosity of our donors.

With this in mind, we are asking for you to consider making a year-end gift to Friends of Drake Well to help us reach our goals for 2024 and beyond. You are part of the hundreds of members, donors, and volunteers who support Drake Well Museum and Park. Let us join together in making the New Year even better than the last!

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a joyful 2024!


Richard Baker, President

Emily M. Weaver, Executive Director

Friends of Drake Well, Inc.

Drake Well Museum and Park is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission in partnership with Friends of Drake Well, Inc., a nonprofit, community-based 501(c)(3) organization.

Friends of Drake Well, Inc., is sustained by the generosity of individuals, foundations, businesses, and agencies that believe in our mission to support Drake Well Museum and Park in continuing its own educational mission. As an individual, your generosity to Friends of Drake Well, Inc., can take many forms and support different aspects of Drake Well Museum's operations.

Donate to our Annual Appeal Online

If you would like to make an online gift to our Annual Appeal, please click here to access our donation page.

Donate to our Annual Appeal by Check

If you would prefer to mail your Annual Appeal gift, please send it to:

Friends of Drake Well, Inc.
205 Museum Lane
Titusville, PA 16354

All checks should be made payable to Friends of Drake Well, Inc.

Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Friends of Drake Well, Inc. is the non-profit 501(c)(3) community-based organization that actively supports the education, interpretation, and preservation missions of the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission in its operation of Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville, PA.

Thank you for your support!

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