Raised for Local Nonprofits
1754 gifts
Totaling $162,704.44
Crawford Gives
Raised for Local Nonprofits
1754 gifts
Totaling $162,704.44
Raised for Local Nonprofits
1754 gifts
Totaling $162,704.44

Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism

Specific Need

The Tarbell House is the restored childhood home of pioneer investigative journalist Ida M. Tarbell. This two-story Italianate structure is located at 324 East Main Street in the historic district of Titusville. Ida Tarbell is most known for her work The History of the Standard Oil Company which contributed to the break up of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Trust in 1911. She grew up her teenage years in this house which her father Franklin Tarbell built. The Oil Region Alliance (ORA) purchased the house from a mortgage company in 2007 and began restoring it in 2009. The ten-stage rehabilitation, funded by a mixture of state, federal, and local grants and private donations, was completed in 2016.

 

The first floor of the house now operates as a house museum where the ORA hosts various heritage and education programs within its role as manager of the Oil Region National Heritage Area. Your donation will support the continued maintenance and operation of this treasure, as well as the continuation of community programs held there such as historical teas, public tours, and activities for children and families. 

Mission

The mission of the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism is to manage the Oil Region National Heritage Area and to increase the prosperity of the Oil Region by enticing people to live, work, learn and play in "The Valley That Changed the World" through the preservation, promotion, development and support of historical, educational, natural, recreational, residential, commercial and industrial destinations.

Profile

The Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism began in 1956 when a group of Venango County business people decided to do something about empty commercial buildings. The ad-hoc group became the Venango County Industrial Development Corporation, later renamed the Venango Economic Development Corporation. In 2005, the VEDC merged with Oil Heritage Region, Inc., Oil City Community Development Corporation, and Oil Heritage Tourist Promotion Agency to form the current Oil Region Alliance. 

 

Over its lifetime, the Alliance has filled many empty buildings, established recognition of the region as both state and federal Heritage Areas, created and developed industrial parks, assisted the growth of local businesses, built recreational trails and amenities, preserved and interpreted the region's heritage, produced educational materials for students and adults, and provided leadership in heritage preservation, tourism marketing, recreational development and economic development. 

 

Since 2004, the Alliance has been the federally designated manager of the Oil Region National Heritage Area. Current historical property projects of the Alliance include the Ida Tarbell House and William H. Scheide House in Titusville, the Downs Building and 229 Elm Street in Oil City, the Coal Oil Johnny House just north of Rouseville, and the Neilltown Church Building in Neilltown. The organization also provides assistance with historic markers and house plaques, interpretive panels, history/cultural education, and preservation plans, as well as coordinating the annual Oil Region historic preservation awards. 

 

Photos & Videos

The Tarbell House as of August 2019
The Tarbell House as of August 2019
Ida Tarbell re-enactor educating guests at the August 2019 Tarbell Open House
Ida Tarbell re-enactor educating guests at the August 2019 Tarbell Open House
Fairytale Storytime at the Tarbell House, May 2019
Fairytale Storytime at the Tarbell House, May 2019
Archaeology Activity with Titusville Historical Society's History Camp, June 2019
Archaeology Activity with Titusville Historical Society's History Camp, June 2019
Volunteers at work during Spring Cleaning Day, April 2019
Volunteers at work during Spring Cleaning Day, April 2019
Student Ida Tarbell re-enactor serving tea, September 2018
Student Ida Tarbell re-enactor serving tea, September 2018
Student re-enactors on the front porch of the Tarbell House, May 2019
Student re-enactors on the front porch of the Tarbell House, May 2019
Shakespeare on the Lawn, August 2019
Shakespeare on the Lawn, August 2019
Victorian Christmas Dinner, December 2018
Victorian Christmas Dinner, December 2018
Interview with NPR, January 2019
Interview with NPR, January 2019
Kids' Halloween Bash, October 2018
Kids' Halloween Bash, October 2018
The Night Before Christmas at Tarbell, December 2018
The Night Before Christmas at Tarbell, December 2018
$616.00 received
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Contact

217 Elm St
Oil City PA 16301
Phone: (814) 677-3152

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