Lunch & Learn

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When: One Wednesday each month (except in July) 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Doors open at 10:00 a.m., lunch served promptly at 11:30 a.m., program ends at 1:00 p.m., museum closes 4:00 p.m.
The City of Lebanon began taping the Lunch & Learn programs beginning in September of 2015. To watch these past programs, visit the City's website here.

Where: Warren County History Center, 105 S. Broadway, Lebanon, OH 45036

Details: Enjoy a gourmet catered served lunch, the company of new and long-time friends, and a special lesson in history.

Cost: 2017 Lunch & Learn Price $25 non-members, $20 members.**JUNE ONLY: Special Price of $25/Members, $30 Non-Members***
Please note the member price applies to members only. Single members may purchase one ticket per event at member price, Family members may purchase two tickets per event at member price. All others, please select the non-member price.
Paid registration is required in advance--by the Saturday prior to the event. Reserve online, by phone at 513-932-1817, or by mailing a check to the above address.

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April 12, 2017

Topic: Sanditon: Jane Austen’s Final Work

Details: The year 2017 marks the bicentennial of the untimely death of Jane Austen, author of Pride and Prejudice and five other novels. In her final months, Austen began work on a new manuscript (now known as Sanditon), but died before finishing it. Recently, local author Carrie Bebris wrote a historical mystery based upon that fragment. In her talk, Bebris offers an intimate look at Austen’s final work: the manuscript’s descent through generations of owners, the experience of reading its handwritten pages, the characters Austen left in suspended animation—and the challenges Bebris met in crafting a story with them.

Speaker: Carrie Bebris is the author of nine novels and is best known for her award-winning Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery series, which entangles Jane Austen’s most beloved characters in intrigue. Reviewers have praised her for capturing not only the humor and spirit of Austen’s writing, but also the historical details of the era. The Suspicion at Sanditon is her latest novel. Also a journalist, editor, and writing instructor, Carrie holds an M.A. in English literature and is a life member of the Jane Austen Society of North America, for whom she serves as regional coordinator of the Greater Dayton area. 

May 17, 2017

Topic: Webbed-feet on Western Waters: Cincinnati and the River Navy During the Civil War

Details: Cincinnati was a Navy town during the Civil War, even though it is over 600 miles from blue sea water. Cincinnati and its riverboat infrastructure were critical to the Union’s successes, under Grant and Sherman, in recapturing the Mississippi River and its tributaries from the Confederacy.  Cincinnati provided over a third of the light draft warships from either new construction or modification in its busy boat yards. It also supplied the pilots, sailors, and officers to crew the boats which were used to fight fortifications and to deliver supplies. The Ohio and Mississippi rivers were a more secure supply line than railroads.

Speaker: Gary Q. Johnson is a former Naval Officer and has been a member of the Cincinnati Civil War Round Table for 14 years. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in engineering. He enjoys speaking about how the men of the U. S. Navy had to learn how to adapt to the new technology and make it work in combat.

June 14, 2017 - Special Event!

Note the special price of $30 for non-members, $25 for WCHS members. The price includes the catered lunch, bus tour, and museum admission.

Topic: Dine & Drive - A Lunch and a Motor Coach Tour of Historic Lebanon, Ohio

Details: Select to go on the bus tour before or after lunch, either at 10:00 am or at 12:15 pm. Everyone will still eat lunch at 11:30 am. The hour-long tour will take you through Lebanon’s four nationally recognized historic districts with its scores of historic 19th century homes in the comfort of an air-conditioned motor coach. You will learn why Lebanon has been said to have “a Colonial atmosphere unusual in the Midwest.” You will see why the city’s charm and beauty have been showcased in three major Hollywood motion pictures and one TV movie. You will also understand why the screenwriter of one of those movies, when asked why Lebanon was chosen for the location of his film, answered, “Just look around, the shops, restaurants, it’s all here. This is the All-American town.”

Speaker: John J. Zimkus is the Historian and Education Director of the Warren County Historical Society. He is the author of Historical Footnotes of Lebanon, Ohio and a co-lead writer of Lebanon, Ohio: Celebrating 200 Years published by the WCHS. John is also the house historian of The Golden Lamb in Lebanon -- Ohio’s oldest continually operated business serving great food to Lebanon’s visitors since 1803.