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The Lebanon Western Star collection covers 1807-1922 (some issues are missing).

 

The Western Star was published for 206 years, from February 13, 1807 to January 17, 2013, becoming Ohio’s oldest weekly newspaper. It reported the local news and activities of the citizens of Lebanon, Warren County and nearby areas. The first publisher, John McLean, was a highly-respected attorney and political leader who in 1829 became an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The collection is dedicated to the remarkable Alleen Stephenson. For more than 60 years, she wrote a much-loved column about the Kings Mills community that celebrated and preserved many aspects of the County’s history.

 

The Alleen Stephenson Digital Newspaper Project is sponsored and maintained by the Warren County Genealogical Society. Using digitization and OCR technology, it provides free public access to this historic newspaper. It was made possible through the generosity of her son and daughter-in-law, J. Todd and Rebecca Stephenson.

 

The Warren County Genealogical Society was established as a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society in 1981 and has developed a nationwide membership. Its purpose is to collect, preserve and make accessible the genealogical records associated with Warren County since its formation in 1803. The public is invited to visit the Society’s Resource Library at 406 Justice Drive, Lebanon, Ohio 45036. For more information, call (513) 695-1144 or visit the Society’s website.

 
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