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Black Gold our Petroleum History
Explore the rags to riches stories of the dreamers, scoundrels and innovators as they rushed to harvest and process Black Gold in the wild swamps of Lambton County. Oil Springs ON is the cradle of the modern petrochemical industry as we recognize it today. It started with Indigenous use of the resource to waterproof canoes and make traditional medicines. Following the documentation of the crude oil deposits in the Geological Survey of Canada in 1842, enterprising men flocked to the area to make or lose their fortunes in the oil fields. The first commercial oil wells in North America were hand dug here before anywhere else. We will discuss these humble beginnings to the modern petrochemical industry that now dominates the local landscape and affects every aspect of our modern lives. The Oil Museum of Canada is one of the few places where you can smell and touch the history eking out of the ground from the gum beds that continue to ooze raw crude oil. Class Size: Max. 95

Instructor: Christina Sydorko
BIO NOTE: Christina is a dedicated educator who strives to create exciting and informative educational experiences. She spent 15 years teaching in the Lambton Kent District School Board before she became the full time Educational Programs Coordinator at the Oil Museum of Canada, National Historic Site in 2017. She has spearheaded virtual education programs at the museum with a focus on fact-based education.

Course Info
Course Name Black Gold our Petroleum History
Course Cost 0
Total Hours 1.5
Material Cost 0
Extra Fees 0
Buffet No
Special Notice No
  • Christina Sydorko

Class Location
Name of LocationONLINE Zoom Course
AddressA Zoom Meeting Link will be emailed to you before the class starts, ,

Date Start Time End Time
2021-11-16 01:30 PM 03:30 PM