The annual campaign began Oct. 3, marking the 86th anniversary of the East Texas Oil Field’s discovery.
It will continue until Dec. 31.
BASA Resources, owned by Lary Knowlton and Mike Foster, Jr., is the largest producer in the East Texas Oil Field and has numerous operations in other parts of the state.
“We at BASA have long-believed that the East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College is one of the premier petroleum museums in the world and does an excellent job in educating the visitors about our industry,” Knowlton said.
“The museum helps immensely in conveying that we are the good guys in helping supply America’s hydrocarbon needs. Our industry creates many good-paying jobs and offers careers to young people with good educations.”
The ETOM hosts thousands of school children each year from a 120-mile radius of Kilgore and with the help of BASA Resources, the ETOM helps train teachers to use the museum as an extension of the classroom when they bring their students on their annual “field investigations.”
During the children’s “field investigations” they are taught about why math, science, language arts, geology, history and economics are so important in exploring for oil and gas.
“The children learn first-hand how their daily lives are affected by hydrocarbons from the clothes they wear, the carpet in their homes, medicines they take, school bus seats they ride on, the diesel fuel that powered the bus and the gasoline in the family car,” said Dickie Joiner, ETOM volunteer.
“We at BASA Resources encourage our colleagues in the oil and gas industry to join us in supporting this world class museum,” Foster said. “Every industry company operating in East Texas has a moral obligation to support the museum which does such a great job for our industry.”
Museum director Joe White said that those wishing to mail a contribution can mail checks to: East Texas Oil Museum, 1301 South Henderson Blvd., Kilgore, Texas 75662.