David from uC Hobb writes:
I have scrounged up several LCD displays and wanted to use one with the Arduino. At the very least I wanted to test the displays. For future projects with the Arduino having a LCD display could be very handy so for this reason it is a good first project as well.
The article walks you through using a basic 8-bit interface and provides links to a number of references for LCD/Arduino interfacing and programming – Link.