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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Museum dinner coming up on Feb. 23

  • Deadline for tickets is Monday
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  • Monday is the deadline to make reservations for the West Kern Oil Museum’s annual membership dinner.
    The event will be held Feb. 23 at the Community Center.  Reservations can be made by calling the Museum at 765-6664 or by email at curator@lightspeed.net
    Tickets are $20 each.
    The annual dinner meeting kicks off the Museum’s membership drive.  The bulk of the Museum’s revenue comes from memberships.
    “Memberships keep us going,” said Don Maxwell, director of volunteers.
    The Museum – Taft’s No. 1 tourist attraction – is run entirely by volunteers.  
    The program will include election of board members, the treasurer’s annual report, and reading of minutes of last year’s meeting.
    Guest speaker will be Michael Semas, a postcard collector, who will show postcards depicting early life in the oil patch.
    “I’ve been collecting postcards for about 15 years,” he said.  “The current count is about 8,500 plus.  I have about 1,000 cards of the western San Joaquin Valley, most of them of the oil industry.  They date from 1905 through 1945.”
    Semas has written two books featuring his postcards: “Kings County – Vintage Postcard Series” and “Fresno – Vintage Postcard Series.”
    He’s also working on a third book of postcards from Huntington, Shaver and Hume lakes.
    “My fourth book planned will be on the early oil industry of the San Joaquin Valley,” he said.
    Rick Woodson, chairman of the Museum Board of Directors, will emcee the program.
    The event begins at 6 p.m. with a dinner catered by Sonny Pollard and served by Taft Union High School Oil Academy students scheduled for 6:30.

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