The Oil City area’s hidden heritage is one filled with ingenuity, largesse, culture and so much more. The city’s incredible success was fueled by great wealth and exceptional talent. Much of our heritage, though, is unknown to many of us. The Oil City Heritage Society and the Oil City Library believe our city’s legacy should be shared and enjoyed. To that end, we will share our community’s stories and pictures on our Hidden Heritage blog. Stay tuned for historic as well as quirky entries that tell our history.

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100 Years of YWCA

Oil City boasted many social clubs for women as 1900 dawned. However, there were few opportunities

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Notorious Women

The sizzling oil patch was home to scores of notable men and women in the early history of the

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Old Money

While many Oil City residents have achieved high recognition as well as earned enormous wealth,

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Grove Hill Legends

Grove Hill Cemetery, a sprawling graveyard on Oil City’s North Side, was dedicated in June 1871.

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Grocery Stores

An Oil City resident didn’t have to walk far to shop for groceries in the mid-1950s as dozens of

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Female Heroes

Many Oil City women have left their marks on the nation’s history. Two city women – Lois Brundred

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Guardians of Tradition

In its bustling beginnings, Oil City offered an enormous array of social, benevolent, recreational

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Hidden Heritage has produced 61 volumes since its inception in May of 2021. While there are still many more stories to share about Oil City’s eventful past, it is time for a brief intermission. Volume 61 will be the last to publish before Hidden Heritage takes a hiatus until further notice. We want to thank our readers for all the support & encourage you to read published volumes below, where they will remain freely available for the foreseeable future. If you’d like to purchase volumes in bulk, 4 compendiums are available at the Oil City Library. We look forward to bringing you more stories in the future!

– Judy, Kay & Natalie

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