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.”

Producer Evan Shaw said the hour-long program aims to tell the story of Lancaster – the entire history of the city — and will talk about many of its famous citizens. It will also show the town’s special areas and events.

“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. 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.