All about ORAS
This page will tell you about the history
of ORAS,our board members, and
how to reach us by e-mail
with your questions.
ORAS board members
(Position temporarily vacant)
Members at large:
For more information or questions, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer to use U. S. mail, our mailing address is P. O. Box 1535, Oil City, PA 16301.
To arrange a tour, contact the Oil Region Astronomical Society by e-mailing us (email@example.com). If you don't hear back from us within several days, please e-mail Tim Spuck directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
History of the
Oil Region Astronomical Society
In March of 1991, a small group of people with a passion for looking to the stars came up with an idea to unite those people in Northwest Pennsylvania with a common interest in astronomy. Those efforts led to the formation of the Venango County Astronomy Club, the predecessor of the Oil Region Astronomical Society. ORAS is a group of men, women and youths who share their equipment and knowledge of the stars in an effort to promote the fundamentals of astronomy and space science. The group continues to work together, turning their eyes to the sky to ponder and discuss the universe in which we live.
Well over 100 businesses and individuals throughout the community, through donations of time, labor, materials, equipment, and funding, contributed to the construction of our original home in Two Mile Run County Park. We thank all of our contributors for your tremendous support in making the original observatory a reality. Likewise, we are grateful for the many donors who've helped us to develop our our new facility. We very much appreciate your support!
Major financial contributors over the years have included the Samuel Justus Charitable Trust, Edith C. Justus Charitable Trust, John Nesbit Rees and Sarah Henne Rees Charitable Foundation, the Mellon Trust, and the Dr. and Mrs. Arthur William Phillips Charitable Trust. See the new observatory information page for some of the contributors to our new installation on Camp Coffman Road.
We'd love to have you as a member of ORAS! Please go to the Membership page to sign up. Meanwhile, please e-mail us with your questions!