Raised for Local Nonprofits
3188 gifts
Totaling $379,848.84
Crawford Gives
Raised for Local Nonprofits
3188 gifts
Totaling $379,848.84
Raised for Local Nonprofits
3188 gifts
Totaling $379,848.84

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 style building is located at 324 East Main Street in the Titusville Historic District. 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 spent her teenage years in this house which her father, Franklin Tarbell, built in 1870 using salvaged materials from the Bonta House hotel, formerly located in the oil boomtown of Pithole. The Oil Region Alliance (ORA) purchased the house in 2007 and began restoration work in 2009. The ten-stage project, funded by 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. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, however, ORA has not be able to hold any events at the house. Proceeds from these events are used as matching funds towards continued operations and maintenance of the property. Your donation will support this local historic treasure, as well as community programs when ORA is able to restart these activities. 

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 formed in 2005 through the merger of a group of local, non-profit organizations, including the former Oil Heritage Region, Inc. 

 

For over 15 years, ORA has filled many empty buildings, established recognition of the region as both Pennsylvania and National 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. 

 

ORA is the federally designated manager of the Oil Region National Heritage Area. Current ORA historical property projects 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 within Oil Creek State Park, and Neilltown Church in Neilltown, Forest County. The organization also facilitates the installation of historic markers and house plaques, interpretive panels, creates history/cultural educational materials, and coordinates 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
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
Victorian Christmas Dinner 2019
Victorian Christmas Dinner 2019
Paint and Sip Event November 2019
Paint and Sip Event November 2019
$562.52 received
in 10 gifts

Contact

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

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