About This Site

By Charlie Zimkus

HistoricLebanonOhio.com began in September 2008 as an undeveloped idea for my master’s project.

While studying multimedia at Ohio University, I wanted to create an online product that would fulfill my degree requirements and also serve a larger purpose. I decided to combine my passions for Lebanon history and graphic design, and set off to create this Web site.

Personal interest in my hometown’s history was nurtured to my father, John, retired history teacher, Warren County Historical Society historian, and author of Historical Footnotes of Lebanon, Ohio — which I designed and illustrated. The answers to any of my questions were never far away.

My master’s project committee consisted of Terry Eiler, director of the School of Visual Communication, Julie Elman, assistant professor, and Sam Girton, associate professor. Many thanks to them for their guidance.

I must also thank the Warren County Historical Society, in particular museum curator Mary Klei, for allowing me to use images from its book, Lebanon, Ohio: Celebrating 100 Years, and to photograph items in its collection.

On a personal note, I would like to also thank my wife, Svetlana, for putting up with me during this process, and my mother, Patricia, who knows exactly what Svetlana was going through.

I hope visitors enjoy the site and contribute to its content.

—Charlie Zimkus

Warren County Historical Society
Betsy Shaw painting of Lebanon’s Glendower mansion
For those who are interested, the following pages document the process for creating this master’s project.