Oil Region Alliance to Host Book Signings this Saturday in Oil City

| December 2, 2014

Photo; Paul Adomites, Rosemary Adomites, Bill Brice with 'Pa. Crude' bookOIL CITY, Pa. – Several area authors will be available to autograph and inscribe any of 14 books in the lobby of the Latonia Theatre Building in downtown Oil City this Saturday, December 6, as part of the “Christmas Past in Oil City.”

(Photo: Paul Adomites, Rosemary Adomites, and Bill Brice with ‘Pa. Crude’ book.)

The event is from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Emlenton’s Paul Adomites has authored both “Pennsylvania Crude: Boomtowns and Oil Barons” and “Oil Fields, Oil People,” the most recent under the auspices of Adam Mitas Press.

Dr. William R. Brice from Johnstown, Pa. wrote “Myth, Legend, Reality – Edwin L. Drake and the Early Oil Industry” which was published in 2009 by Mechling Bookbindery and the Oil Region Alliance. This hard-cover book is considered the quintessential biography of Edwin Drake.

Oil City’s Roxanne Hitchcock will have available the 2009 reprint of “Ben Hogan: The Wickedest Man in the World,” as well as her earlier “Lube Lingo” which is a glossary of terminology and phrases which originates in the oil fields and have become part of everyday language.

Franklin’s Laura Reasoner Jones published “The All-Wise Being” and “Eel River Rising,” as fictional works set in the community of Peru, Indiana in the 1800’s and 1900’s. This author is a retired technology specialist and genealogy buff who interweaves politics and women’s books in her books.

Neil McElwee of Oil City served as the host/interviewer for a series of videotaped oral histories of multiple local residents produced by the Venango College of Clarion University; he’ll be able to autograph the 13-DVD set on Saturday.

In addition, other works by Mr. McElwee will be available including “Oil City’s Victorian Houses,” “Standard Oil Company Men in the Early Oil Region,” “Oil Creek…The Beginning,” “The National Transit Company,” and the 2012 manuscript entitled “George Henry Bissell – Oil’s Patriarch.”

David A. Waples from Fairview, PA, has updated his “The Natural Gas Industry in Appalachia,” which includes the history of oil’s energy twin from its roots through today.

These writers will be seated indoors at the Latonia Theatre Building, 1 East First Street.

People may either purchase a new book on site or bring with them their personal copies of these publications.

The Oil Region Alliance is hosting the book signing session.

These titles and others are available year-round at the ORA office or through its www.OIL150.com and www.oilregion.org websites.

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