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Use music controls below to listen to some old time music - "12th Street Rag"

Pioneer Oil Museum on Main Street
Mission Statement

The Pioneer Oil Museum of New York, Inc., believing that knowledge and understanding of the local oil and gas industries are vital to the heritage of this area, will preserve the history and legacy of these businesses. The museum will act as a repository for significant artifacts used throughout Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties. The museum will house in a readily central location, articles and information of historical value or interest pertaining to these industries. It will accumulate and display materials relevant to the local industries. Realizing that the success and operations of the local fields were not possible without a dedicated workforce, the museum will honor the men who were pioneers in these endeavors. The museum will provide educational resources for local schools and colleges, as well as a research facility for any persons involved in investigations of these industries.

The Wizard of Oz

Is the story of "The Wizard of Oz" connected to our early oil pioneers in Ricburg? You bet it is! Here is a link to a news video from WGRZ Channel 2 News in Buffalo.

Unknown Stories of Western New York
Another WGRZ story about the oil boom towns of Bolivar and Ricburg
Wine and Cheese Tasting

Friday June 23, 2017 at the Hahn and Schaffner site from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. $17.00 per person
Tickets available June 1. Be sure to check the latest newsletter for full details.
Tickets may be purchased by writing to the museum at the address below, at the Bolivar Free Library during regular hours, or at the museum once in opens for the season in June.
Checks may be made payable to:
Pioneer Oil Museum of New York
PO Box 332
Bolivar, NY 14715

Below are links to two brochures about Bolivar and the Pioneer Oil Museum.

Bolivar brochure Museum brochure

The Museum is undergoing continual renovations and will be a work in progress for many years to come. Click here to see our renovation roadmap.