: Dated 1936, this photograph shows Pioneer Cemetery and church in Warren County in Lebanon, Ohio. Embossed on the lower left corner is "Sam R. Kremer - Photographer, Dayton, O." Pioneer Cemetery occupies one city block in Lebanon and is bound by West Main Street, South West Street, West Mulberry Street, and South Harrison Street. There is a wrought iron arch at the corner of West Main Street and South West Street that reads "Pioneer Cemetery 1799." The white church with Doric columns is located at the corner of West Mulberry Street and Ross Street. The graveyard used to be split into two halves, the north being the Baptist Cemetery and the south being the Methodist Cemetery. Because of this, it is sometimes called the Pioneer - Old Baptist - Old Methodist Cemetery.
This photograph is one of the many visual materials collected for use in the Ohio Guide. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration by executive order to create jobs for the large numbers of unemployed laborers, as well as artists, musicians, actors, and writers. The Federal Arts Program, a sector of the Works Progress Administration, included the Federal Writers’ Project, one of the primary goals of which was to complete the America Guide series, a series of guidebooks for each state which included state history, art, architecture, music, literature, and points of interest to the major cities and tours throughout the state. Work on the Ohio Guide began in 1935 with the publication of several pamphlets and brochures. The Reorganization Act of 1939 consolidated the Works Progress Administration and other agencies into the Federal Works Administration, and the Federal Writers’ Project became the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio. The final product was published in 1940 and went through several editions. The Ohio Guide Collection consists of 4,769 photographs collected for use in Ohio Guide and other publications of the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio from 1935-1939.
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: SA1039AV_B09F10_034_1 Subjects
: Churches; Cemeteries; Tombstones; Winter Places
: Lebanon (Ohio); Warren County (Ohio)