Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will meet Thursday, April 21, 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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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) in partnership with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), Keep Ohio Beautiful, and The Davey Tree Expert Company will celebrate Earth Day with a tree planting on Capitol Square. A presentation with Speaker of the Ohio House, and CSRAB Chairman, Clifford A. Rosenberger and OEPA Director Craig Butler will be followed by a tree planting ceremony of an American Beech that was donated by Davey Tree Expert Co. Since 2005, CSRAB has planted 57 new trees on Capitol Square adding 20 native species to represent the diverse landscape of Ohio here on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse.

Earth Day helps to inspire and educate all Ohioans to improve and beautify their local neighborhoods along with creating greener, more beautiful environments by taking action as individuals and communities. To commemorate this day, Keep Ohio Beautiful will host a public event at the North Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The event will be kicked off with remarks from representatives of the partnering organizations, including OEPA Director Craig Butler and others. This will be followed by the planting of an American beech tree on the Ohio Statehouse grounds.

“This is another example of great companies and organizations coming together here at the Ohio Statehouse to help educate the people of Ohio on the importance and benefits of planting trees,” said William Carleton, executive director, CSRAB.

Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger will be joined by Ohio legislators; OEPA Director Craig Butler; William Carleton, executive director, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board; Karen Wise, president, of Keep Ohio Beautiful; and Michael Mennett,executive director, Keep Ohio Beautiful. See you Friday, April 22 at the Ohio Statehouse!


The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) has approved recommendations to further improve security at the Ohio Statehouse. X-ray equipment will be installed in the coming months. Once installed, CSRAB personnel will screen all bags entering the Ohio Statehouse at the three public entrances.

Additionally, security turnstiles will be installed; individuals with an Ohio Statehouse ID will be permitted to enter the Ohio Capitol through those entrances.

This security upgrade is a proactive measure that provides for the safety of those who work in and visit the Ohio Statehouse.

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Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will meet Thursday, March 10, 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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CSRAB Executive Director Bill Carleton Announces Retirement
Applications for replacement being accepted through March 4th

COLUMBUS—Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville), Chairman of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB), has announced that CSRAB Executive Director Bill Carleton will be retiring in the near future.

“Director Carleton has been a tremendous asset to CSRAB during his more than a decade of service,” Rosenberger said. “He is leaving the Statehouse a better place than when he inherited it for members, staff and visitors. The recent security upgrades and safety improvements that were implemented could not have happened without his work and dedication. He will be greatly missed, and I thank him for his loyal and dedicated service.”

“I am proud of the accomplishments we have made during my time here,” Carleton said. “It has been my pleasure working for the people of Ohio with the support of the staff, CSRAB board, and members of the General Assembly and the Governor’s office. I believe that I am leaving in place an exceptional staff of qualified employees and leaders to continue the progress made in maintaining and preserving Capitol Square.”

The Speaker has announced that he and the board will begin accepting applications for the executive director position immediately. More information for how to apply is available at Applicants are encouraged to send resumes and cover letters via email to They may also send materials to Speaker Rosenberger’s office at 77 High Street, 14th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

All materials must be received by Friday, March 4, 2016 at 5 p.m. A screening panel will convene to interview applicants beginning next week and a board meeting will be held Thursday, March 10, 2016 to elect a new executive director and to determine a transition plan.

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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is pleased to announce that Dayna Jalkanen has been promoted to deputy director of museum and education at the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center (OSMEC). Jalkanen holds a B.A. in arts education from The Ohio State University (OSU), earning summa cum laude, and a M.A. in arts education also from OSU. Jalkanen has been at the Ohio Statehouse since April of 2011 as the CSRAB’s volunteer coordinator and historical interpreter. Jalkanen takes over for Cheryl Straker who stepped down from the position to pursue an opportunity at the Ohio History Connection as a project coordinator.

“Dayna brings a wealth of public programming and educational experience to the position and will be a valuable asset to the Ohio Statehouse as CSRAB updates the museum in the future. The museum and education team at the Ohio Statehouse is well positioned to increase programming and educational outcomes moving forward,” said William Carleton, CSRAB executive director.

CSRAB on Thursday also announced the reorganization of the OSMEC, with long-time Ohio Statehouse hand Chris Matheney promoted to assistant deputy director and historic site manager and Katie Clement becoming the educational services and museum collections manager.

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Happy birthday, Ohio! Join your friends at the Ohio Statehouse’s family-friendly celebration of Ohio’s 213th birthday Sunday, February 28 from noon to 3 p.m. Attendees will participate in creative art projects, go on a special Ohio Statehouse tour featuring Ohio’s symbols, engage in a scavenger hunt and explore the Ohio Statehouse Museum. At 2 p.m. be sure to join the party in the Rotunda for a birthday surprise! This event is free and open to the public! Affordable on-site parking is available in the Ohio Statehouse parking garage.

Ohio's first constitution was approved by Congress and signed by President Thomas Jefferson Feb. 19, 1803. In the January election of 1803, the mild-mannered doctor and legislator Edward Tiffin—Thomas Worthington’s (sixth Governor of Ohio) brother-in-law—was elected as Ohio’s first governor. Official "state" business was conducted for the first time March 1, 1803, when Tiffin and members of the first Ohio General Assembly convened in Chillicothe.

From Chillicothe the state capital moved to Zanesville from 1810 to 1812, and upon the founding of Columbus as the “new capital city’ the functioning seat of government was, again, placed in Chillicothe from 1812 to 1816 when the Ohio Capitol in Columbus was completed and state government moved, permanently, to central Ohio. Columbus was designed specifically to hold the seat of government and without the old Ohio Capitol and the “new” Ohio Statehouse, that has housed state government since 1857, the city of Columbus would not be here today. For the past 159 years this magnificent Greek Revival building has been beloved by all Ohioans. Come in from the cold and celebrate the great State of Ohio on her 213th birthday at the Ohio Statehouse.

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The Ohio Statehouse will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a special display, free historical performance each Tuesday at noon and special tours of the George Washington Williams Room.

The 2016 Rosa Parks Children’s Art Exhibit, “The Power of One,” is a K-third grade student art exhibit sponsored by COTA. The exhibit is the students’ artistic expression of how they would change things for the better. Rosa Parks is honored because through her act of courage, she helped make America a better place for all people. Students were asked what would you do if you had a chance… To do a brave thing? A courageous thing? A kind thing? If nothing stood in your way, what would you do to change America and make it a better place for all people?

Living history programs will be presented each Tuesday at noon throughout February in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse. Visitors will meet first-person interpreters who portray prominent African Americans in U.S. history. Each 45-minute vignette will focus on African-American history as part of Black History Month at the Ohio Statehouse. Each performance is rich with history, drama and adventure. The programs are presented by “We’ve Known Rivers,” which is a partnership of dynamic storytellers with a passion for history and education. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information about We’ve Known Rivers, visit The programs will be streamed live at If you or your organization would like to schedule a group to attend a performance, please, contact Katie Clement at 614/728-3726 or

Scheduled living history performances include:

  • February 2- Anthony Gibbs as John Parker

  • February 9- Dr. Annette Jefferson as Mahalia Jackson

  • February 16- Sandra Quick presenting The Right to Vote

  • February 23- Dr. Carren Moham as Marion Anderson (this performance will be held in the Museum Gallery of the Ohio Statehouse.)

A special soul food menu will be offered in the Capitol Cafe each Tuesdays in February. The Capitol Cafe, operated by Milo’s Catering and Banquet Services, will offer a variety of reasonably priced soul food options each Tuesday.

Tours will visit the George Washington Williams Memorial Room throughout February. The George Washington Williams Memorial Room is a tribute to Ohio’s first African-American legislator. George Washington Williams was the first African American elected to the Ohio General Assembly. Williams was elected to the House of Representatives as a Republican legislator from Hamilton County in 1879 at the age of 30. Williams was a Civil War soldier, pastor, journalist, lawyer, politician, freewill ambassador, author and historian. This room exhibits furnishings representing styles popular in the United States in the late 1800’s. The furniture includes period antiques, reproduction pieces and art work that help visitors experience history.

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