Master’s Project Abstract

Lebanon’s historical significance stems from its prime location. Centrally located north of Cincinnati and south of the National Road, Lebanon served as a logical stop for daily travelers and world-famous visitors, including Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and twelve U.S. presidents.

History continues to shape Lebanon, whose picturesque downtown features antique shops, a Carnegie library and a nationally renowned historical society and museum.

Through interactive media that combines written research with informational graphics and imagery, this master’s project will share Lebanon’s story and demonstrate its lasting influence. Additionally, this Web site will enable visitors to submit their own suggestions and family histories, allowing this project to continue to grow in breadth and content.

The results of my extensive research from primary and secondary sources will be presented through a Flash-based timeline. Emphasis will be placed on events, places and figures which crossover from Lebanon’s past into Ohio and U.S. history.

Information will be gleaned from reference books, The Western Star’s newspaper archives and the extensive collections of the Warren County Historical Society.

In addition to written content, an interactive timeline will be combined with historical and contemporary photography. The result will be a compelling interactive presentation that demonstrates that Lebanon’s history not only plays a major role in the town itself, but also has been intertwined with state and national events.