STATEHOUSE NEWS


2019 game photo
For the tenth year, the West Lawn (High Street side) of the Ohio Statehouse will host vintage “base ball” (historically two words), as members of the 134th Ohio General Assembly (OGA) take on the Ohio Village Muffins and Lady Diamonds, Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Reminiscent of the era when the 1861 Ohio Statehouse had been recently completed, the historic game begins at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The two teams will be fighting for bragging rights and the coveted 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 spent in camp.

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 bounce, 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 OGA Capitol Cannons host the Ohio Village Muffins and Diamonds in an exhibition vintage base ball game. Come early and enjoy an outdoor meal. Concessions will be available from the Paddy Wagon food truck and Milo’s Catering.

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 for men and for women, 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. More information about the Muffins and the Diamonds can be found here.

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

To view photos of the 2019 game at the Ohio Statehouse, visit http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/vintage-base-ball-2019
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Photo of 2019 Haunted Tour
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board kicked off ticket sales for the 2021 edition of the Statehouse Haunted Tours. The special Halloween tours will take place Fri., Oct. 15; Sat., Oct. 16; Fri., Oct. 22 and Sat., Oct. 23. Tickets for the Statehouse Haunted Tours are $13 for adults and $7 for students age 12 to 17. This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be pre-ordered.

Tours will depart every half hour between 7 and 9 p.m. Tour times are: 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m. Tickets are limited to 35 individuals per tour start. The 2021 edition of the Statehouse Haunted Tours will feature smaller groups and an entirely new tour route through the darkened halls of the building.

Tickets can be purchased three ways:
Online at statehouseshop.com
Visit the Statehouse Museum Shop on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse
Purchase over the phone by calling 614-728-9234
A processing fee of $2 will be applied to the entire order.

Ohio Statehouse staff members and volunteers will combine history and legend in this special family-friendly haunted Ohio Statehouse tour. Conductors will lead visitors through the dimly lit limestone corridors of the Ohio Statehouse by lantern. This historical tour is spooky and most appropriate for individuals twelve and older.

Arrive early and write a “Ghost Post” to one of the Statehouse’s resident spirits, or enjoy art activities prior to your tour. The Statehouse Museum Shop will be open throughout the evening and will offer special Halloween merchandise and snacks available for purchase. More information is available at statehouseshop.com.

Visitors to the Ohio Statehouse are invited to park in the facility's underground parking garage. This convenient and affordable parking offers direct sheltered access to the Ohio Statehouse for this event. Parking fee is not included in ticket price. Parking rates are available at ohiostatehouse.org/about/general-information/parking/rates.


For more information about the Statehouse Haunted Tours, visit ohiostatehouse.org or contact 614-728-4185. High resolution press images are available at ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/haunted-statehouse-tours-2018.

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file photo 2021
Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will be at half-staff September 11, 12 and 13, 2021.

September 11, 2021



In honor of the lives lost in the terrorist attacks that occurred 20 years ago, on September 11, 2001, 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 from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2021.

Furthermore, Governor DeWine asks that all Ohioans observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent Americans and people from around the world who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2021.

September 12 and 13, 2021



In honor of the life and service of Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Erie County, at the Ohio Statehouse, the Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes State Office Tower until sunset on September 3, 2021, and on the day(s) of his viewing and funeral. All other public buildings and grounds throughout Ohio may fly the flags at half-staff at their discretion for the same time.

Related Note: See a 9/11 flag display on the Statehouse lawn through noon on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.
 
 
 

New photo 9-9-2021

Update: Watch the event video at https://www.ohiochannel.org/video/ohio-statehouse-20th-anniversary-911flag-memorial

Photos available: After the installation, CSRAB posted overhead photos of the flag display on our website, http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/flags-for-9-11-in-2021. More photos will be posted soon.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 with a memorial flag display on the west lawn of the Ohio Statehouse. A short program will begin Thursday, September 9 at 4 p.m. on the west steps of the Ohio Statehouse and will feature remarks from Governor Mike DeWine and others. After the program, volunteers from across central Ohio will install the 2,977 flags that comprise the memorial.

The Ohio Statehouse has been the venue for the annual 9/11 memorial from 2002 through 2019. The flags represent the 2,977 victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93. When seen from above, the design represents the World Trade Center towers, with a space in the shape of the Pentagon and an open strip representing the field in Pennsylvania. Located on the West Lawn of the Ohio Statehouse, the memorial will be open to the public from 7 p.m. Thursday, September 9 until 12 p.m. Monday, September 13.

The September 9 program will include brief remarks by several dignitaries including:

Director Deborah Ashenhurst, Ohio Department of Veterans Services
Senator Hearcel Craig, Ohio Senate District 15, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board
Governor Mike DeWine
Central Ohio District Director Jason Knox for U.S. Senator Rob Portman
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose
Franklin County Commissioner Erica C. Crawley, and
Columbus Fire Chief Jeffrey Happ

The flag display is a memorable and moving scene on the Ohio Statehouse lawn. The volunteers installing the flags include firefighter recruits from the Columbus Fire Training Academy, employees of COTA and the State of Ohio, veterans and many individuals. The flags will be checked daily by volunteers.

Note: After the installation, CSRAB will post an overhead photo of the flag display on our website, http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/flags-for-9-11-in-2021.

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Ohio Overdose Awareness Day
In honor of the lives lost to overdose and in order to recognize and raise awareness for Ohio Overdose Awareness Day, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio from sunrise to sunset on August 31, 2021.
 
 
 

Veterans Plaza at the Ohio Statehouse
In honor of the life and service of Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Erie County, at the Ohio Statehouse, the Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes State Office Tower until sunset on September 3, 2021, and on the day(s) of his viewing and funeral. All other public buildings and grounds throughout Ohio may fly the flags at half-staff at their discretion for the same time.
 
 
 

Half-staff flags at the Ohio Statehouse
In accordance with the order issued by the President of the United States of America and in honoring the lives of the U.S. service members and other victims killed in the terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio until sunset on August 30, 2021.
 
 
 

The Capitol Square Foundation (CSF) and the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will host a celebratory event for the 25th Anniversary of the renovation of the Ohio Statehouse. The culmination of remembrances will be held on November 17, 2021 in the Rotunda and Atrium of the Statehouse.

In 1989, a seven-year monumental restoration of the Statehouse and Judiciary Annex began, which returned the building to its former grandeur and added new structures including the Atrium, a beautiful, covered passageway between the Statehouse and the Annex building. This fall, the CSF and the CSRAB will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the completion of the multi-year, multimillion dollar project that brought the Statehouse back from the brink of ruin to the historic symbol of democracy it represents today.

Current and former members of the General Assembly and previous administration officials will be invited for an open house to celebrate this accomplishment. The event is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Further details will be released soon.

About the Capitol Square Foundation
The Capitol Square Foundation was established in 1987 as part of the complete renovation of the Ohio Statehouse. In 2009, the CSF with the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) opened the Statehouse Museum. Among many milestones in the development of the Museum, the CSF, the CSRAB and the Ohio History Connection opened a new exhibit bringing the original 1802 and 1851 versions of the Ohio Constitution for permanent display in the Museum. This the first exhibit of its kind in the United States.

About the Capitol Square Review & Advisory Board

The Capitol Square Review & Advisory Board (CSRAB) is a non-political agency that was created by the Ohio General Assembly in 1988. It is tasked with overseeing the buildings and grounds of the Ohio Statehouse on Capitol Square. CSRAB is also charged with providing educational programs through the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center (OSMEC). OSMEC oversees the Statehouse Museum, the Thomas Worthington Center, the Statehouse Volunteer Corps, tours, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Contacts:
Karla Dunbar
Capitol Square Foundation
(614) 221-5825 - csf@assnoffices.com - www.capitolsquarefoundation.org
Charles R. Moses
Capitol Square Foundation
moses@ohiotelecom.com - www.capitolsquarefoundation.org

Michael Rupert
Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board
(614)728-4185 - mrupert@ohiostatehouse.org - www.ohiostatehouse.org

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