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Support the Star!


We are in the final phase of digitizing the remaining copies of the Western Star that we have available.  There are TWO ways you can help us finish this monumental project.


Using the red button below, you can access a list of the missing issues of the Western Star we are trying to locate.  WCGS is actively seeking donations or loans of hard copies or microfilm to help us digitize as many issues as we can. 


You can also access a list of ALL Western Star (and associated newspapers) issues and see the current status of those issues using the white button above.  Some dates and days of the week provided are a best guess, as the day of the week it was published changed over time. 


Help us finish this digitization project.  Our funding has reached its limit and we still have more to do!  We have established a dedicated fundraising campaign to "Support the Star!" and all donations will be used to help us complete this last phase of the project and digitize and add missing issues online as they are located.

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More About the Western Star


Since the fall of 2018, the Alleen Stephenson Digital Newspaper Project has provided FREE online public access to digital images of the Lebanon Western Star from 1807 through 1988 on the Ohio Memory Project.  These digital images were created from original copies of the newspaper located at the Ohio History Center in Columbus and from microfilm provided by the Warren County Historical Society and Warren County Genealogical Society.


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 over 136,000 pages of this historical newspaper.  There are some issues missing, but the entire collection on hand is browsable and searchable by titles, names, or dates. 


This project is dedicated to the remarkable Alleen Stephenson and was made possible through the generosity of Alleen's son and daughter-in-law, J. Todd and Rebecca Stephenson.  For more than 60 years, Alleen wrote a much-loved column about the Kings Mills community that celebrated and preserved many aspects of the County's history.


Published for 206 years from 1807 to 2013, the Western Star is Ohio's oldest weekly newspaper.  This newspaper reported the local news and activities of the citizens of Lebanon, Warren County, and nearby areas.  The first publisher was John McLean (1785-1861), who was an American attorney, a political activist who served in the United States Congress, and a justice of the Ohio and the U.S. Supreme Courts.  He started his legal career in Cincinnati and moved to Lebanon, Ohio, to open a law practice and dedicate his time to opening and running a weekly newspaper.


The online collection can be found by visiting:


The Warren County Genealogical Society (WCGS) was established as a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society in 1981 and has developed a nationwide membership.  It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to create and promote interest in collecting and preserving genealogical records, including those associated with Warren County since its formation in 1803.  The public is invited to visit the Society’s Resource Library at 406 Justice Drive in Lebanon, Ohio.

Thank you for donating to
Support the Star!
July 4, 2024 - July 4, 2025
GOAL:  $20,000

*Names of donors listed with their permission.

Help us spread the word.  Print and distribute our Support the Star! flyer to those you think might be interested or want to help.  Contact us at 513-695-1144 if you would like us to print two-sided color flyers for an event.

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