Resolution J4178-2013

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Pioneer Oil Museum of New York, Inc.



  • Mar 25, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Mar 21, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Pioneer
Oil Museum of New York, Inc.

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body to recognize and
acknowledge certain institutions that improve the quality  of  life  for
individuals  and  communities  within  this  great  Empire State through
historical and educational resources; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the 50th Anniversary of the Pioneer Oil Museum of New York,  Inc.;
  WHEREAS,  It  is important that local communities protect and preserve
their history to share with current and future  generations;  the  first
recorded  discovery  of  oil in North America was made right in Allegany
County; in 1627, a French missionary was led to the oil spring by  local
Senecas; the spring is located in what is now Cuba, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  By 1881, production had reached over six million barrels per
year in Allegany County and over  one  million  barrels  in  Cattaraugus
County;  oil  production peaked in the 1940s with the production of over
four million barrels per year  in  Allegany  County  and  close  to  two
million in Cattaraugus County; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Pioneer Oil Museum of New York, Inc. was established in
1964 by the New York State Oil Producers Association (NYSOPA); the muse-
um's mission is to house in a readily available, central location, arti-
cles and information of historical value or interest pertaining  to  the
New  York State Oil Industry; they also accumulate and display artifacts
related to the local petroleum industry; and
  WHEREAS, The main  organizers  of  the  museum  were  Bill  Hogan  and
Clarence  Schaffner;  a building was purchased in Bolivar, New York, and
various improvements such as the  addition  of  a  vertical  "board  and
batten"  siding to restore the late 1800s original look, and the instal-
lation of a large, colorful sign for the museum's front  were  completed
before opening it to the public; and
  WHEREAS, The museum officially opened to the public during the Village
of  Bolivar's  Sesquicentennial  in 1975, and became an instant hit with
the community; and
  WHEREAS, Interest continued to grow when the  Pioneer  Oil  Days  were
held  in  the 1980s; during the annual celebration, numerous events took
place at the museum such as bit dressing demonstrations and access to  a
working forge; and
  WHEREAS, From the 1980s until 2000, the museum was kept running by Tom
Manning  who managed staffing and maintenance; he left the area in 2000,
when the museum was placed in the hands  of  a  newly  formed  Board  of
Directors who have managed the museum ever since; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Pioneer  Oil Museum of New York, Inc. hosts many events
throughout the year which provide educational opportunities; the  museum
also  supports  local history and statewide history through a wide range
of documents, photos, displays, and online tools; and
  WHEREAS, It is the intent of  this  Legislative  Body  to  commemorate
milestones  in the histories of certain exceptional institutions in this
great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the 50th Anniversary of the Pioneer Oil Museum of New York,
Inc.; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Pioneer Oil Museum of New York.


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