Lumber Heritage Region and Oil Region Alliance present Boom Heritage | Way of life
BROOKVILLE – Two of the state’s 12 heritage regions are joining forces to share information on two leading industries that built America in their boom days, lumber and petroleum. These presentations will be virtual and accessible to all.
The idea of the project is to highlight the links between the two industries and to share the stories of the past, present and future.
“We hope to educate the public about these two industries and the impacts they have had in our regions,” said Holly Komonczi, Executive Director of LHR.
These third Tuesday Boom Heritage presentations will begin on January 18, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. with the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum and the Drake Well Museum showcasing the tools and artifacts used during the boom era in one or both. industries that are not always on display in museums.
Then, on February 15, A Roust About and A Wood Hick will reconstruct their stories from their boom days with participants able to question our reenactors on a day in the lives of these characters.
To celebrate Women’s Month, women in the wood and petroleum industries will be featured on March 15, highlighting the role of women during the height of the oil and timber booms. These often overshadowed stories will illustrate the importance of women in industries.
Finally, on April 19, presenters will share the environmental impacts of oil and lumber extraction in western Pennsylvania – what it looked like before and after the laws and legislation were put in place for both industries.
“The Oil Region National Heritage Area is delighted to work with LHR to illustrate how much the history of the two regions has in common,” said Jenn Burden, Program Manager, Oil Region Alliance Heritage.
Lumber has been an influence in Pennsylvania since the arrival of the first European settlers. Pennsylvania hardwoods are still in high demand around the world, even today. We recognize the growth potential of the forest products industry and hope that continuing education will guide this idea, Komonczi said.