UPCOMING EVENTS

Drake Well Museum and Park, a Museum & Historic Site owned and administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC), will follow the directives developed in conjunction with the Governor’s Office, Department of Health, and the Department of General Services. Unfortunately, this means that the site is closed to all visitors until further notice. In addition in-person events, tours and facility rentals are cancelled during this time as well. The Museum can be reached during regular business hours by calling 814-827-2797.


Revolution! How Black Gold Transformed The Military

Virtual Panel

November 19

On Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m., join staff from Drake Well Museum and Park, the Erie Maritime Museum and the Pennsylvania Military Museum as we explore how oil revolutionized military operations from the industry's birth to the present day. Learn how the start of the industry intersected with the U.S. Civil War, how the demand for new petroleum products evolved, and how those products transformed the military's land and naval efforts in the 20th century and beyond. This is event is free but space is limited and registration is required. To register, please click here.

*Must have access to internet and a Zoom account. 



PREVIOUS EVENTS

Discovery Days

Virtual Summer Camp 

August 4, 6,11,13

Exploration, adventure, discovery and creativity awaits YOU this summer!  Spend four fun-filled Tuesday and Thursdays in August virtually at Drake Well Museum and Park.   Children, ages 8-12  can participate in this 1.5 hour virtual hands-on program and learn about the Oil Region’s rich history and environment.  Experience nature, perform experiments, discover history through artifacts and so much more!  Cost is free but registration is required. Register by emailing Museum Educator Sarah Goodman at sargoodman@pa.gov.  Registration deadline: July 31, 2020. 

*Must have home access to internet and a Zoom account.


Annual Drake Day Celebration

Virtual Lecture

August 27

On Thursday, August 27th at 7:00 p.m., Drake Well Museum and Park will hold its first ever virtual Drake Day Celebration.  To mark the 161st anniversary of the Drake Well oil strike, Museum Curator Susan Beates will be sharing items from the museum collection during a virtual lecture entitled, “"Memories to Museum: Honoring Drake & The Birthplace of the Petroleum Industry." Broadcast live via Zoom, the lecture will examine the lives of the founders of the Drake Day Association and explore how their memories of the early days of the oil industry eventually led to the building of a museum.  This is event is free but space is limited and registration is required. To register, please click here

*Must have access to internet and a Zoom account.

This event is  being offered free of charge thanks to the sponsorship of The Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association (PIOGA).


Ask A Curator

Virtual Program

September 16

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a museum curator? We're celebrating the 10th anniversary of the popular social event, #AskACurator, with cultural organizations around the world Wednesday, September 16. Join us at 4:00 PM EST via Zoom or Facebook LIVE. Ask Museum Curator Sue Beates from Drake Well Museum and Park and Josh Fox from Pennsylvania Lumber Museum your questions!



Pithole City's Person of the Year

Virtual Program

October 21

On Wednesday at 7:00 PM, October 21, Drake Well Museum will host a brand new Pithole event. Learn about some of the historic figures who helped create the legendary Pithole City, as they square off against one another for the title of "Pithole City's Person of the Year." You, the audience, will have the final vote in this LIVE interactive virtual event. This is event is free but space is limited and registration is required. To register, please click here.

*Must have access to internet and a Zoom account.