One of the earliest victories in what is now East Westphalia-Lippe is the Varus Battle in the 9th century A.D. Here the then seemingly invincible Roman army in Germania suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of a Germanic army led by Arminius („Hermann“), a prince of the Cherusci. The basis for this victory was the successful unification of Germanic tribes under Arminius.
The region with its diverse history was particularly thriving on the textile and furniture industries in the 19th and 20th centuries and had to reinvent itself since the 1980s - just like the Ruhr area. That is why the networking of various institutions and organizations in OWL is still a tradition today. As early as 1993, the OWL GmbH was founded. It is an important platform for cooperation in the region.
The idea of regional networking then also moved the minds of the city, district, (vocational) schools and university at the Lemgo site in Lippe - a district with rural structures and an attractive educational and scientific landscape.