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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Taking Flight

The Oil City area has a strong aviation history, thanks in large part to the fuel it has provided

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Oil City Aces

Oil City has a long and enduring history of sending its young men and women into harm’s way as

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Grove Hill Cemetery

Grove Hill Cemetery, Oil City’s central city graveyard, was formally dedicated on June 22, 1871. It

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From Oil to Oz

The early oil and gas industry in the Oil Valley spawned enormous wealth for many and a great number

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Kramer & Mullins

A pair of sturdy brick buildings in Oil City’s West End was the location of two very unique

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Music, Literature and Faith

The 2021 year was a time to celebrate several anniversaries of well-known institutions in Oil City,

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Buffalo Bill

An entertainer considered by many to be the epitome of the Wild West showman made frequent

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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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