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March 04, 2014 : AUDIO: Documentary on the City of Lancaster to Premiere at OUL March 22
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
- Kelly Martin


Lancaster – A new documentary produced by WOUB Public Media about the history and story of the city of Lancaster will premiere on the Ohio University Lancaster Campus on March 22.  The event is free and open to the public. Lancaster is the first southern Ohio city to be featured in the new television series called “Our Town.”

Our Town_LOGO small“The hard part has been condensing it all into a one-hour show,” said Shaw. “There’s so much stuff in Lancaster to talk about.”

Shaw said his goal was to incorporate history and individuals with unique stories.
“I knew there were a lot of historical figures from Lancaster,” said Shaw. “It was interesting to see how the community came together.”
Lancaster, a stronghold during the Civil War, processed thousands of Union soldiers and was the birthplace of General William Sherman, a noted general during the Civil War.  The program will also include the history of the Lancaster Canal and renovations of an historic area of town called “Square 13.”
Shaw said the renovated downtown area called “Square 13” fascinated him. “It’s interesting to see a city that has such a history with the Civil War on the Union side, but with a lot of southern influence.”
“There’s a real sense of community here. They’re very resourceful people, a real pioneer spirit exists.”
The program will feature numerous community members who will talk about the city including local attractions and events.
Some of the participating interviews will include:
• Dave Benson, Manager Fairfield County Fairgrounds
• Andrea Brookover, Director Fairfield Heritage Association
• James Bryant, retired Ohio University Vice President for Regional Higher Education
• Laura Bullock, Director of the W. T. Sherman House
• Carl Burnett, Local News Editor Lancaster Eagle-Gazette
• Dr. David Contosta, author of Lancaster, Ohio 1800-2000, Frontier Town to Edge City c.1999 The Ohio State University –
• John Dye, retired Lancaster architect
• Kate Ervin, Destination Lancaster
• David Fey, Director Fairfield County Historical Parks
• Steve Gayfield, Director Parks and Recreation, City of Lancaster
• Joyce Harvey, retired librarian and local historian
• Jim Hachtel, Civil War expert
• Robert Johnston, attorney and editor of Early Fairfield County Lawyers
• Pat Kindler, archivist and historian, Lancaster schools
• Mike Petit, Superintendent for Gas and Economic Development, City of Lancaster
• Caroline Rockwood, founding member of the Fairfield Heritage Association
• David Smith, Mayor, City of Lancaster
• Max Stebelton, antique tool collector and expert on Eagle Machine Company
• Robert Trocchia, Artistic Director, Lancaster Chorale
• Lou Varga, Lancaster historian and president of Varga Communications
The program will premiere on Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Brasee Hall’s Wagner Theatre at Ohio University Lancaster. The event is free and open to the public.