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COLUMBUS, OHIO – In recognition of the United States presidential election of 2016, the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center, in partnership with the American Political Items Collectors, will showcase treasures from the political careers of Ohio’s eight presidents and their campaigns.

 

While the campaign button is the most recognized and widely collected of all campaign objects, the exhibit also includes rare vintage political ribbons, ferrotypes, glassware, autographs, books, textiles, ephemera, posters, medals, tokens, postcards, pennants, sheet music and photography. Campaign artifacts range from matchbooks to street banners and everything in between!

 

“Ohio has long played an import role in presidential politics. Every four years presidential campaigns crisscross the Buckeye State and thrust Ohio into the national spotlight. This is an opportunity to see the campaigns materials that made Ohio the ‘Mother of Presidents,’” said Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board Executive Director Laura P. Clemens. The exhibit is located in the south hallway (State Street entrance) of the Ohio Statehouse and will be on display through September 30, 2016.    

 

Ohio’s Presidents include: William Henry Harrison (1841), Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877), Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881), James A. Garfield (1881), Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893), William McKinley (1897-1901), William Howard Taft (1909-1913) and Warren G. Harding (1921-1923).

 

The American Political Items Collectors (APIC) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to promoting the collection, preservation and study of materials relating to political campaigns and the U.S. presidency.  Founded in 1945, the APIC serves a growing hobby.  Membership includes collectors and enthusiasts from all walks of life and nearly every occupation.  The APIC cooperates with the Smithsonian, presidential libraries, homes, birthplaces and museums, national and local media as well as colleges and universities to facilitate the understanding of American politics using the artifacts of political campaigns.  For more information about the American Political Items Collectors, visit www.apic.us.

 

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset June 24, 2016 in honor of the life and service of former State Representative Bill Hartnett.

 

Governor Kasich’s order reads:

" In honor of the life and service of former director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services and former State Representative Bill Hartnett, I hereby proclaim, by the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Ohio by the Ohio Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flags of the United States of America and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Richland County and at the Ohio Statehouse from sunrise to sunset on June 24, 2016."

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will meet Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus, OH. The business meeting will be held in the State Room (room #108) and will begin at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda is available upon request.

 

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – Ohio Statehouse Flag Lowering: June 13 to June 17, 2016

Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff until sunset on June 17, 2016 in honor of the life of George V. Voinovich.

Governor Kasich’s order reads:

"In honor of the life and service of former United States Senator, Governor, and Mayor of the City of Cleveland George V. Voinovich, I hereby proclaim, by the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Ohio by the Ohio Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flags of the United States of America and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the state of Ohio effective immediately until sunset, June 17, 2016.”

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Ohio Statehouse Flag Lowering: June 12 to June 16, 2016

Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from June 12 until sunset on June 16, 2016 in honor of the lives lost in Orlando, Florida.

 

Governor Kasich’s order reads:

"In accordance with orders issued today by the President of the United States of America and as a mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated in Orlando, Florida, I hereby proclaim, by the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Ohio by the Ohio Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flags of the United States of America and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the state of Ohio effective immediately until sunset, June 16, 2016."

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is proud announce the acceptance of a $2,000 grant from The Little Garden Club of Columbus. The grant was used to purchase flowers that have been planted on Veterans Plaza and the Statehouse grounds. The flower pattern will form the American and Ohio flags.

 

“We are extremely grateful to the Little Garden Club of Columbus for their generous donation. The Club’s support enhances the Capitol Square for all Ohioans to enjoy-–CSRAB is proud of our partnership that continues to bear beautiful fruit,” said William E. Carleton, executive director of CSRAB. 

 

The Little Garden Club of Columbus’ commitment to Capitol Square will ensure that the Ohio Statehouse continues to be a symbol of elegance and grandeur for the people of Ohio. The Ohio Statehouse grounds serves as a prominent green oasis in the heart of the capital city. More than 100 plant species are maintained on the grounds; including a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. 

 

Situated on 10 acres in the heart of downtown Columbus, with the backdrop of the magnificent Greek Revival Capitol building, the Ohio Statehouse grounds encompass expansive pastoral green spaces, flower gardens and sculpture honoring Ohio’s past. The grounds continue to serve as a gathering place for both historic rallies and everyday events. 

 

To view this press release and others, visit ohiostatehouse.org

 

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio Statehouse today announced the 2016 Summer Fridays at the Statehouse schedule of performances. The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) has partnered with 12 central Ohio performing arts groups to present, Summer Fridays at the Statehouse. Summer Fridays is a FREE outdoor lunch-time performing arts series staged on the West Plaza (High Street) of the historic Ohio Statehouse. Summer Fridays at the Statehouse provides an opportunity for the public and downtown community to gather on Capitol Square to experience some of Columbus’ diverse arts groups and to visit the beautiful Ohio Capitol. 

 

This year’s participating performing arts groups include a diverse cross section of central Ohio’s arts organizations. 

 

Scheduled 2016 performances include:

 

June 3 – Dave Powers

•           Timmy’s Meltdown

June 10 – Patchwork Parlor Band

•           J&C's Diggity Dogs

June 17 – The Alliance Chorus

•           J&C's Diggity Dogs

June 24 – OhioDance

•           Paddy Wagon

July 8 – RMT

•           AROMAKU

July 15 – Two For The Road

•           Sophie’s Gourmet Pierogi

July 22 – Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra

•           Philly Buster Food Truck

July 29 – Columbus Chorus of Sweet Adelines

•           Paddy Wagon

August 5 – Franklin Xpress

•           The Blue Chew

August 12 – Jimmy’s Last Chance

•           Pitabilities

August 19 – Zach Whitney & Rosin Jaw

•           Paddy Wagon

August 26 – TBA

•           Philly Buster Food Truck

 

Summer Fridays at the Statehouse will take place Fridays, June 3 through August 26 (absent July 1). The programs will run between noon and 1 p.m. The series gives the downtown community and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the majestic Statehouse grounds while some of Columbus’ best arts groups perform. There is no better place downtown to enjoy your lunch this summer! 

 

Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase lunch from one of the food trucks scheduled for lunch service during each Friday concert.

 

Performances will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Up to the minute performance information about Summer Fridays at the Statehouse will be posted on the front page of the Ohio Statehouse website at ohiostatehouse.org. Summer Fridays at the Statehouse audience members are encouraged to visit the Statehouse website each morning of the scheduled performances to retrieve last minute performance information.

 

Media support for Summer Fridays at the Statehouse is provided by 10TV.

 

High resolution photos from the 2015 season are available at: http://bit.ly/1TgXw9x

 

Facts About Downtown Columbus:

-        Approximately 70,000 employees work downtown.

-        Is home to thousands of residents.

-        Downtown Columbus is one of the safest places in central Ohio.

-        30,000 students attend classes at one of four downtown colleges or universities.

-        Downtown has accessible public transportation service; COTA bus stops located near the Ohio Statehouse; the CBUS circulator is a great option.

 

To view this press release and others, visit ohiostatehouse.org.

 

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2015 Vintage "Base Ball" Game

COLUMBUS, OHIO – For the sixth consecutive year, the west lawn of the Ohio Statehouse will host  vintage  “base ball” (historically two words), as members of the 131st Ohio General Assembly (OGA) take on the Ohio Village Muffins, Tuesday, May 24. Reminiscent of barnstorming tours of yesteryear, the match begins at 5:30 p.m., as the Capitol Cannons challenge the Ohio Village Muffins in an exhibition game of vintage base ball. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Members of the 131stOGA, representing the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives, will take a break from partisan politics as Republicans and Democrats come together and cross the aisle to form the Capitol Cannons. The 2016 Cannons will be skippered by Senator Cliff Hite.

 

The “titanic struggle” takes place Tuesday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m. on the west lawn (High Street) of the Ohio Statehouse. The two teams will be fighting for bragging rights and the all-important symbol of victory, the Richard Schuricht Memorial Cup. Prior to the game, the Statehouse’s 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A will provide a cannon firing demonstration and discussion of leisure activities Civil War soldiers would have used to pass the time in camp.

Additionally, Tracy Martin—baseball historian and member of the Muffins—will exhibit a portion of his massive collection of baseball equipment and ephemera. Martin’s collection highlights the evolution of the game and has been featured at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, The Smithsonian National Museum of American History and The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  

 

Photos from the 2015 Ohio Statehouse vintage base ball game can be found here:

http://bit.ly/1TCgYg9

 

About the Ohio Village Muffins and vintage base ball

Formed in 1981, the Ohio Village Muffins were the first vintage base ball team in America to play a set summer schedule, and the Muffins also hosted the founding meeting of the Vintage Base Ball Association (VBBA). The Muffins play in uniforms period correct to the 1860s; the uniform consists of plain long pants, a white shirt with a bright shield containing the team emblem, a pill box hat, a leather belt and a bow tie. Recreational activities, especially base ball, were becoming more ingrained in American society during the middle part of the 19th century. The Muffins represent a changing America and highlight a game that would transcend all others and become America’s National Pastime.

 

Using vintage base ball equipment, the game is scheduled for seven innings and will be governed under The Rules and Regulations of the Game of Base Ball Adopted by the National Association of Base-Ball Players, March 14, 1860. Major rule differences between vintage base ball and modern baseball are listed below.

  • The ball is pitched underhanded from anywhere behind the pitcher's line.

An out is declared if:

  • A hit ball is caught on the fly or the first bound, including foul tips to the catcher.
  • A base runner overruns any base (including first) and is touched by the ball in the hands of an adversary.

 Enjoy an evening downtown, as you watch the Ohio General Assembly Capitol Cannons host the Ohio Village Muffins in an exhibition vintage base ballgame. Come early and enjoy a ball park dinner. Concessions will be provided by the Paddy Wagon food truck.

 

Support for this event is provided by the Ohio Lobbying Association, the Ohio Village Muffins, the Ohio Village Singers, the Capitol Square Foundation and the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A.

To view this press release and others, visit ohiostatehouse.org.

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