Famed documentarian Ken Burns will visit to Westerville Sept. 22 before the debut of his new documentary, "Prohibition" on PBS in October.

Famed documentarian Ken Burns will visit to Westerville Sept. 22 before the debut of his new documentary, "Prohibition" on PBS in October.

The visit was announced before Westerville City Council at its June 21 meeting.

Members of Burns' research team have been working with the Westerville Public Library's Local History Center on fact-checking information for the documentary and viewing items from the archives over the past few years, city law director Bruce Bailey said, and Westerville officials asked that he pay a visit before the launch of the documentary.

"He wouldn't have a show without us. We are the home of the Anti-Saloon League," Bailey said. "This all began in our town 102 years ago."

While in central Ohio, Burns will attend a luncheon at the Westerville Public Library then teach a master class at Otterbein University before going to WOSU for an appearance on a local news show.

Local history coordinator Beth Weinhardt said the library will conduct a public lottery for tickets to the luncheon.