STATEHOUSE NEWS


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 facebook.com/weveknownrivers. The programs will be streamed live at ohiochannel.org. If you or your organization would like to schedule a group to attend a performance, please, contact Katie Clement at 614/728-3726 or kclement@csrab.state.oh.us.

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.

High resolution images are available at: http://bit.ly/1WSojfp

Watch a living history presentation at: http://bit.ly/1ZZ9Kqz

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Showcase Invitation
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board is pleased to invite you to attend the 2016 Ohio Statehouse Wedding Showcase Friday, February 19, 2016 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Join The Berwick, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, City Barbeque, L.A. Catering, Metro Cuisine, Milo’s, Spagio and Two Caterers for a night of beauty and fabulous food at the Ohio Statehouse Wedding Showcase. See the Ohio Statehouse in a new light, as Event Source, All Occasions and Metro Cuisine transform the Rotunda and Atrium into a wedding experience that’s not to be missed.

Attendees will be given complimentary parking in the Ohio Statehouse garage along with a copy of Columbus Weddings magazine and other great promotions in their “Statehouse Swag Bag.” This is your opportunity to see the most unique venue in the State of Ohio in full wedding regalia! The event is free and open to the public.

Opened in 1857 and completed in 1861, the Ohio Statehouse is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the nation—listed by the National Park Service as a National Historic Landmark. Your guests will tread the same halls as U. S. Presidents, international heads of state and legendary power brokers of government and industry. Don’t settle for anything less than a most memorable venue for your event. Clients may choose from a variety of venues including the Capitol Atrium, north and south Atrium porches, Rotunda, State Room, Ladies’ Gallery and the exterior plazas. There is no other building in Ohio that is as rich in beauty, history and grandeur. Make your wedding historic at the Ohio Statehouse!

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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation today announce the recipients of the 2016 “Great Ohioans Award.” The 2016 honorees were presented by the Capitol Square Foundation and unanimously approved by the CSRAB board. The three individuals were selected from nominations submitted by citizens and organizations throughout Ohio.

The 2016 Great Ohioans are: Jack Nicklaus, professional golfer and entrepreneur, John D. Rockefeller, industrialist and philanthropist and Potter Stewart, U.S. Supreme Court justice.

For detailed information about each honoree, see the biographies below.

High resolution images of each of the recipients will be available at: ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/great-ohioans.

“As we mark the 20th anniversary of the completion of the Ohio Statehouse restoration in 2016, I believe this class of Great Ohioans will serve to inspire future generations of Ohio leaders and represents the great wealth of talent that the Buckeye State has produced since statehood in 1803,” said Speaker of the Ohio House Cliff Rosenberger, Chairman of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board.

The Great Ohioan Award commemorates Ohioans who have played a significant role in an event or series of events of lasting significance in World, American or Ohio history. To be selected for the Great Ohioan Award, the nominee must have resided in Ohio for a minimum of five years. In addition, at least 25 years must have passed since the event in which the nominee participated is being commemorated.

BIOGRAPHIES OF THE 2016 GREAT OHIOAN AWARD WINNERS

Potter Stewart
Potter Stewart, U.S. Supreme Court justice, was born in Jackson, Michigan, the son of James Garfield Stewart, a chief justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, and Harriet Loomis Potter. Stewart was chairman of the undergraduate newspaper at Yale University, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1937 and a law degree in 1941. After serving during World War II as a naval officer and attaining the rank of lieutenant junior grade, he entered private practice and local politics in Cincinnati
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In 1954, when Stewart was only 39, he was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed him to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he served until his retirement in 1981. Although he had a background in Ohio Republican politics and was appointed to the Supreme Court by a Republican president known for his antipathy to judicial liberalism, Stewart was not a conservative justice. Rather, he followed a moderate, pragmatic approach that defied easy categorization. He believed that he should approach each case on its merits, without striving to further an ideological agenda. Over time, his practical approach marked him as a centrist who adhered to no particular wing of the court.

Stewart's 23-year tenure on the Supreme Court roughly coincided with the eras of chief justices Earl Warren and Warren Burger. On the Warren Court, Stewart frequently stood outside the prevailing liberal consensus, particularly on matters concerning state criminal law enforcement. His centrist inclinations meant, however, that he also declined to align himself with the Burger court's occasionally aggressive pursuit of politically conservative causes.

In 1968, when Warren announced his intention to retire, Stewart removed himself from consideration for the position of chief justice, mindful of the internal dissension that had been generated when members of the court previously had sought the position. He later played a significant role in formulating the court's unanimous opinion in Nixon v. United States (1974), which ordered President Richard M. Nixon to surrender to the special prosecutor the tape recordings whose disclosure later led Nixon to resign. He died in Hanover, New Hampshire.

John D. Rockefeller
John Davison Rockefeller Sr. was an American industrialist and philanthropist. He was a co-founder of the Standard Oil Company, which dominated the oil industry and was the first great U.S. business trust. Rockefeller revolutionized the petroleum industry, and along with other key contemporary businessmen such as Andrew Carnegie, defined the structure of modern philanthropy. In 1870, he founded Standard Oil Company and actively ran it until he officially retired in 1897.

Rockefeller founded Standard Oil as an Ohio partnership with his brother William along with Henry Flagler, Jabez A. Bostwick, chemist Samuel Andrews, and a silent partner, Stephen V. Harkness. As kerosene and gasoline grew in importance, Rockefeller's wealth soared and he became the world's richest man and the first American worth more than a billion dollars, controlling 90% of all oil in the United States at his peak. Adjusting for inflation, his fortune upon his death in 1937 stood at $336 billion, accounting for more than 1.5% of the national economy, making him the richest person in U.S. history.

His fortune was mainly used to create the modern systematic approach of targeted philanthropy. He was able to do this through the creation of foundations that had a major effect on medicine, education and scientific research. His foundations pioneered the development of medical research and were instrumental in the eradication of hookworm and yellow fever.

Rockefeller was also the founder of both the University of Chicago and Rockefeller University and funded the establishment of Central Philippine University in the Philippines. He was a devoted Northern Baptist and supported many church-based institutions. Rockefeller adhered to total abstinence from alcohol and tobacco throughout his life. He was a faithful congregant of the Erie Street Baptist Mission Church, where he taught Sunday school, and served as a trustee, clerk, and occasional janitor. Religion was a guiding force throughout his life, and Rockefeller believed it to be the source of his success.

Jack Nicklaus
Jack William Nicklaus nicknamed "The Golden Bear", is a retired American professional golfer. He is widely regarded as the greatest professional golfer of all time, winning a total of 18 career major championships, while producing 19 second- place and 9 third-place finishes in them, over a span of 25 years. Nicklaus focused on the major championships (Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, Open Championship, and PGA Championship), and played a selective schedule of regular PGA Tour events, yet still finished with 73 victories, third on the all-time list behind Sam Snead (82) and Tiger Woods (79).

After winning two U.S. Amateurs in 1959 and 1961, and challenging for the 1960 U.S. Open (he finished in second place, two shots behind winner Arnold Palmer), Nicklaus turned professional at age 21 toward the end of 1961. The 1962 U.S. Open was both Nicklaus' first major championship victory and his first professional win. This win over Arnold Palmer began the on-course rivalry between the two golf superstars. In 1966, Nicklaus won the Masters Tournament for the second year in a row, becoming the first golfer to achieve this, and also won The Open Championship, completing his career slam of major championships. At age 26, he became the youngest to do so at the time. In 1968 and 1969, Nicklaus did not win a major tournament. He then won another Open Championship in 1970.

Between 1971 and 1980, he would win an additional nine major championships, overtake Bobby Jones' record of 13 majors, and become the first player to complete double and triple career slams of golf's four professional major championships. At the age of 46, Nicklaus claimed his 18th and final major championship at the 1986 Masters Tournament, becoming that championship's oldest winner.

Nicklaus has also taken part in various off-course activities, including golf course design, charity work and book writing. Nicklaus is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and has helped design courses such as Harbour Town Golf Links. Nicklaus also runs his own tournament on the PGA Tour, the Memorial Tournament. His golf course design company is one of the largest in the world. Nicklaus' books vary from instructional to autobiographical, with his Golf My Way considered one of the best instructional golf books of all time; the video of the same name is the best-selling golf instructional to date.

Since 2003, 39 other Great Ohioans have been recognized with the award for the special roles they played in history. “This year we honor three individuals who have left their mark on Ohio and the nation. Through superb work and performance in athletics, business, philanthropy and law all three honorees have earned the title of Great Ohioan,” said William Carleton CSRAB executive director.

GREAT OHIOAN AWARD RECIPIENTS:
ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/great-ohioans

“Through their accomplishments, each Great Ohioan has changed the trajectory of the State of Ohio, the United State and the world. We hope that every Statehouse visitor is inspired by the life and accomplishments of each one of the men and women who have been recognized with this honor,” said Capitol Square Foundation Chairman Charles Moses.

Great Ohioan honorees and their achievements are archived in a permanent Great Ohioan exhibit, which is part of the Ohio Statehouse Museum. While countless Ohioans have performed great actions for their community and beyond, only a select few have been named a “Great Ohioan.” This exhibit allows visitors to have a greater understanding of the recipients of the Great Ohioan award and discover how they affected local, national and world history. The exhibit uses videos, photos, facts and web based technology to explore the life and legacy of each Great Ohioan.

Opened in 2009, the Ohio Statehouse Museum features high-tech, interactive exhibits that make learning about all three branches of state government immersive. The museum is packed with historical artifacts and images that detail how government works and who has come to serve their fellow citizens.

The Museum includes 5,000 square feet of exhibit space on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse that enriches the experience of school children and visitors. The Museum offers exhibits that encourage visitors to participate in the government process by making choices, expressing their opinions, comparing viewpoints and even becoming a part of an exhibit by giving a State of the State address. The museum’s “deep dive” approach to education enables visitors to better relate to the governing process.

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

About the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board is responsible for maintaining the historic character of the Statehouse and Capitol Square while providing for the health, safety and convenience of those who work in or visit the complex. The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center coordinates tours of Capitol Square and provides information about the buildings, their history and Ohio's government.

The Ohio Statehouse shines a light on the history of this great edifice, its symbolic meaning and its vital historic and ongoing connections to the daily lives of all Ohioans.

About the Capitol Square Foundation
The Capitol Square Foundation was established in 1987 to increase public awareness of and to involve citizens in the history of the Ohio Statehouse. Its purpose is to raise funds to obtain, restore and maintain artifacts and other items related to the history and enhancement of the grand monument and its adjoining grounds, so that the seat of Ohio's government may reflect the dignity of the state and its citizens.

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CSRAB
Milestones are important, and 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the completion of the Ohio Statehouse restoration project—“A Capitol Revival.” Since 1996 the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) has preserved the historical and political heritage of the State of Ohio, the Ohio Statehouse and Capitol Square. Also, CSRAB has protected the huge investment made by the citizens of Ohio to restore the Ohio Capitol to its 1860 grandeur. Throughout the year CSRAB will celebrate the 20th anniversary of “A Capitol Revival” with special events and historical exhibits. In 2016, come to the Ohio Statehouse and help celebrate “20 Years of Preservation!”

CSRAB educates the tens of thousands of citizens that tour the Statehouse annually, facilitates the function of state government and the Ohio General Assembly (OGA) and protects the historical integrity of the Statehouse while at the same time, ensuring the safety of those who work in and visit the Ohio Capitol. The Ohio Statehouse offers a wide range of exhibits and events for families and individuals of all ages.

The Statehouse is handicapped accessible and senior friendly. Enjoy the Capitol Cafe and Statehouse Museum Shop. Convenient parking is available in the Capitol Square underground parking garage. All events will take place at the Ohio Statehouse, Broad & High Streets; downtown Columbus. For more information about Ohio Statehouse events, please, visit ohiostatehouse.org or 614/752-9777.

ODOT Distracted Driver Simulator
January 1 – 31, 2016
Ohio Statehouse Map Room, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

The Distracted Driver Simulator features a computer-generated simulation of texting while driving. The set-up includes a steering wheel, turn indicators, gas and brake pedals. After “buckling up,” the driver takes the wheel and tries to drive with distractions. ODOT uses the simulator as a tool to educate young drivers and the public about the dangers of distracted driving.

20th Annual Ohio Statehouse Museum Shop Birthday Sale
January 13 – 16, 2016
Ohio Statehouse Museum Shop,1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Celebrate 20 years of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and the Ohio Statehouse Museum Shop with huge savings throughout the week.The sale is bigger and better than ever before! The sale percentage increases as the week progresses.




      • Wednesday 20% off

      • Thursday 25% off

      • Friday/Saturday 30% off





The Ohio Statehouse Museum Shop Closed for Inventory January 25, 26 and 27, 2016

Grande Winter Ball
January 23, 2016; 7 to 9 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse Atrium, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/728-4185
RSVP required by emailing statehouseball@live.com.

Individuals of all ages are invited to attend the Grande Winter Ball hosted by Civil War re-enactors, 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A. Come dance or watch. Learn how to reel or waltz. Dress in attire of the Civil War period or come as you are. For entry, a tax deductible donation of $10 per person or $15 per couple will be appreciated. For students, a donation of $5 will be appreciated. Checks or money orders should be made payable to "1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A," a 501(c)(3) non-profit Ohio corporation (tax identification number: 26-3648665).

Space is limited. To assure entry, please make sure that we receive both your RSVP and donation no later than January 15, 2016.

Please send RSVPs, identifying the name(s) of those attending, to: statehouseball@live.com. For more information, contact 614/728-4185.
This program is supported by the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A.

Red Carnation Day
January 29 - February 1, 2016
Ohio Statehouse Rotunda, Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Dayton, Ohio, native Lewis G. Reynolds founded the Carnation League of America in 1903. The League encouraged all Americans to wear a red carnation on William McKinley’s birthday, January 29. President William McKinley was assassinated at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo two years prior. McKinley’s favorite flower was said to be the carnation. The observance will include a small exhibit on the history of Carnation Day and the life and legacy of Ohio Governor and President William McKinley.

The Statehouse will also offer special discounts throughout the day in the Museum Shop and Capitol Cafe for individuals wearing a red carnation or dressed in scarlet.

Statewide Tribute to Rosa Parks
Children’s Art Exhibition
February 1 – 29, 2016
Ohio Statehouse Map Room, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Rosa Parks, The Power of One, is a K through 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?

Black History Month at the Ohio Statehouse
Each Tuesday in February 12 to 1 p.m.; Feb.2, 9, 16 and 23, 2016
Ohio Statehouse Museum Gallery, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

The Ohio Statehouse will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a special display and free historical performances each Tuesday at noon. Visitors can also enjoy a special soul food menu at the Capitol Cafe each Tuesday in February.

Live performances by “We’ve Known Rivers”
We’ve Known Rivers is a group of dynamic storytellers that commemorate the African-American experience in American history through engaging first-person presentations.

February 2- Anthony Gibbs as John Parker
February 9- Dr. Annette Jefferson as Mahalia Jackson
February 16- The entire cast of We’ve Known Rivers presenting The Right to Vote
February 23- Dr. Carren Moham as Marion Anderson (with musical accompaniment)

Girl Scout Citizen Day
February 6, 2016; 1 to 4 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square: downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Girl Scouts will work toward earning their Inside Government badge while learning about the workings of state government and the ways they can be involved as citizens. Scouts will go on a guided tour of the Ohio Statehouse, propose laws to share with other participants, and create a poster about an issue they would like to change. Attendees will even get a chance to meet an Ohio legislator and learn firsthand about her responsibilities.

Registration required. Please visit: http://www.gsoh.organd click the link to CORA to register. Parking is available in the Statehouse garage.

Digital Learning Day
February 17, 2016
Time: TBD
Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square: downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Presented by the Ohio History Connection, join the staff of the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center for a virtual tour of the Ohio Statehouse, including an interactive discussion that will focus on Ohio government and citizenship.

Ohio Statehouse Wedding Showcase
February 19, 2016; 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse Atrium and Rotunda, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Join the Berwick, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, City Barbeque, L.A. Catering, Metro Cuisine, Milo’s, Spagio and Two Caterers for a night of beauty and fabulous food at the Ohio Statehouse Wedding Showcase Friday, February 19, 2016 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. See the Ohio Statehouse in a new light, as Event Source, All Occasions and Metro Cuisine transform the Rotunda and Atrium into a wedding experience that’s not to be missed. The event is free and open to the public. Make your wedding historic at the Ohio Statehouse!

Opened in 1857 and completed in 1861, the Ohio Statehouse is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the nation—listed by the National Park Service as a National Historic Landmark. Your guests will tread the same halls as U. S. Presidents, international heads of state and legendary power brokers of government and industry. Don’t settle for anything less than a most memorable venue for your event. Clients may choose from a variety of venues including the Capitol Atrium, north and south Atrium porches, Rotunda, State Room, Ladies’ Gallery and the exterior plazas. There is no other building in Ohio that is as rich in beauty, history and grandeur.

Happy Birthday Ohio!
February 28, 2016; 12 to 3 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse Atrium, Rotunda and Map Room, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Ohio became the 17th state to join the Union on March 1, 1803. Celebrate Ohio’s birthday with family-friendly activities such as art projects, Ohio trivia, special tours, video presentations, a statehood exhibition, and birthday treats. Ohio fun for everyone!

Statehood Day Exhibit
March 1 - 7, 2016
Ohio Statehouse Rotunda, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

In commemoration of Ohio’s founding on March 1, 1803, the Ohio Statehouse will host a small exhibit in the Statehouse Rotunda. The Statehood Day exhibit will include the film, “The Debate Over Statehood,” as well as the original portraits of Arthur St. Clair and Thomas Worthington—two of the key players in the important debate.

Women’s History Month: Athena Art Society
March 2 - 31, 2016
Ohio Statehouse Map Room, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Formed in 1903, the Athena Art Society is the oldest continuous women’s art organization in the country. Their mission continues to promote and develop the visual arts and stimulate community participation. The Athena Art Society will mount an original art exhibition, “Visions of Northwest Ohio.”

Meet the Ladies --TENTATIVE
Every Tuesday in March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2016; 12 to 1 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse Map Room, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

In celebration of Women’s History month, take a special tour of the Statehouse and meet one of Ohio’s first female state legislators, Nettie Clapp, or the 39th Ohio governor’s wife, Ida McKinley.

Statehouse Student Art Exhibition
April 1 - April 30, 2016
Ohio Statehouse Map Room, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

The Ohio Statehouse will highlight works of art in this special exhibition featuring students in grades K-12 from Ohio's public schools. The student exhibition recognizes the talents, creativity and innovation of students who receive high-quality arts education instruction as part of their academic experience in school. This exhibit is presented by the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.

Earth Day Fossil Tour
April 9, 2016; 12 to 1 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse Map Room, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free

Celebrate Earth Day and explore the building stones of Capitol Square with special guests Dale M. Gnidovic, Curator of the OSU Orton Geological Museum, and Mike Angle, Asst. Division Chief at ODNR Division of Geological Survey. Please RSVP at lstedke@csrab.state.oh.us or 614/728-2130.

Arbor Day/Earth Day Tree Planting Celebration
April 2016
Ohio Statehouse North Plaza, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

More details will be forth coming.

General John C. Caldwell and the Lincoln Funeral Train
April 25 - May 2, 1016
Ohio Statehouse North Hallway, 1 Capitol Square, downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

General John Curtis Caldwell answered the call of duty at the outbreak of the American Civil War. As a brigade commander and eventual corps commander of the Army of the Potomac, he participated in some of the most ferocious fighting between the North and South. Travelling with the Union army from one battlefront to the next, Caldwell was wounded twice.

On April 20, 1865, General Caldwell received a letter from the War Department advising him that he had been appointed to the "Guard of Honor" that was to accompany President Lincoln’s remains "from the city of Washington to Springfield, Illinois, and continue with them until they are consigned to their final resting-place."

A partial list of objects in the exhibit are: a War Department pass for the President Lincoln’s funeral train, a silver tassel from the president’s catafalque, a mourning badge and ribbon and a funeral time table from the slain president’s Columbus repose.

The Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln
April 25 - May 2, 2016
Ohio Statehouse North Hallway, 1 Capitol Square, downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

A special exhibit of reproduction images from the Library of Congress tells the story of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and the men and woman named as conspirators along with the fate. This exhibit is for mature audiences.

The Lincoln Funeral Train in Pictures and Photos
April 25 - May 2, 2016
Ohio Statehouse North Hallway, 1 Capitol Square, downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

This photography exhibit begins with the assassination of our nation’s 16thpresident, Abraham Lincoln; it follows his funeral train route from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois, and focuses on how he was honored at each stop. This exhibit will bring to life one of those stops—the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus—where nearly 50,000 citizens paid their respects. Reproduction images are courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Repose of President Lincoln and Civil War Encampment
April 29, 2016; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board will commemorate the repose of President Abraham Lincoln in the Ohio Capitol Friday, April 29, 2016. The 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A, a group of Civil War re-enactors, will provide an honor guard for a replica of Lincoln’s casket from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This will take place on the site where the slain President lay in state in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda on April 29, 1865.

Also, learn what camp life was like during the Civil War. Walk among soldiers’ tents, see how to fire the cannon every hour and help the Ladies Aid Society deliver comfort to the troops. Historical re-enactors from 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A and other groups will demonstrate Civil War life, cooking and medical practices—fun for the whole family! This program is supported by the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A.

State Library of Ohio—Government Document Round Table (GODORT)
May 3 – 31, 2016
Ohio Statehouse Map Room, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

As a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government Publications and the depository for state government publications, the State Library works with the Government Documents Round Table of Ohio (GODORT) to promote the effective use of publications issued by all levels of government. Providing a forum for the exchange of ideas, GODORT addresses concerns and problems affecting access to government publications. This exhibit will feature state and federal government information about the U.S. Space Program through posters, publications, photographs, patches, and more.

Vintage ‘Base Ball’ Returns to Capitol Square:
Ohio Village Muffins vs. The Capitol Cannons
May 24, 2016; 5:30 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse West Plaza, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

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. Celebrate the Ohio Statehouse and take a step back to the 1800’s with an exhibition game as the Ohio Village Historical Muffins battle members of the Ohio General Assembly on the west lawn of Capitol Square. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and come to the “People’s House” to enjoy the hour-long old-time base ball (originally two words) game.

After the base ball game, stay and enjoy a cannon firing demonstration. Come early to choose your spot as concessions will be available. The 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A will provide cannon fire demonstrations as part of the event.Sponsorship provided by the Ohio Lobbying Association.

History of Memorial Day Exhibit
May 27 - May 30, 2016
Ohio Statehouse Rotunda, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Did you know that Ohio’s Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day parade is recognized as the oldest continuously held Memorial Day parade in the nation? Visit the Ohio Statehouse for a patriotic exhibit on the history of Memorial Day. Learn who created it and why, and find out how Americans have celebrated over time.

Fairfield County Comes Alive
June 1 - December 27, 2016
Ohio Statehouse, Governor Thomas Worthington Center, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

The Fairfield County Historical Society will highlight objects from their collections that show the life and culture of Fairfield County, Ohio.

Life on Lake Erie
June 1 - 30, 2016
Ohio Statehouse Map Room, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission (OLEC) sponsors an annual contest and encourages camera aficionados to submit photos that convey the “Life on Lake Erie” message as they enjoy Ohio’s Great Lake year-round. The photo contest aims at capturing the day-to-day lives of people, plants and animals that live and thrive in the Lake Erie watershed. Winning photos are featured in OLEC’s traveling Lake Erie Photo Gallery and will travel throughout Ohio. The Ohio Statehouse is proud to be a host gallery.

Summer Fridays at the Statehouse Lunch-Time Performing Arts Series
Each Friday starting June 3 - August 26, 2016 (absent July 1); 12 to 1 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse West Steps and Plaza, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Summer Fridays is a FREE lunch-time outdoor 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.

Enjoy a free lunch-time concert on the West Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse each Friday (absent July 1) in June, July and August. View the concert schedule at ohiostatehouse.org.

Canceled in the event of rain.

Capitol Square Tours: See the Ohio Statehouse Grounds as Never Before
Each Friday starting June 3 through September 30, 2016; 1 to 2 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse Grounds, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

The Ohio Statehouse has one of the most beautiful capitol grounds in the country. This 45-minute tour will highlight the Statehouse’s exterior architecture, monuments, Civil War cannons, and foliage. Tours will leave from the West Plaza (High Street) and are weather permitting.

Plein Air at the Ohio Statehouse
June 17, 2016; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse and Capitol Square, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Join dozens of plein-air artists as they converge on Capitol Square. Artists throughout Ohio will “choose a spot” on Capitol Square and paint in the tradition of plein air. En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air", and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Ohio Statehouse visitors are invited to visit with artists from Central Ohio Plein Air as they create their works of art. Artwork created during this day will be placed on exhibit in the Ohio Statehouse throughout the month of July. Some artwork will be available for purchase in the Statehouse Museum Shop. In case of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled.
The event is presented in partnership with Central Ohio Plein Air. More information about COPA is available at centralohiopleinair.com.

Boy Scout Merit Badge Day
June 24, 2016, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse, Governor Thomas Worthington Center and State Room, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free, however registration is required at www.skcbsa.org.

The Ohio Statehouse Museum and Education Center invites you to attend Statehouse Boy Scout Merit Badge Day. Come learn about Ohio government and history and earn the Citizenship in the Nation merit badge at the Ohio Statehouse. The Ohio Statehouse is the state’s Capitol, a National Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Scouts and parents are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch as space will be provided. The program includes a tour of the Ohio Statehouse given by Statehouse historian Chris Matheney. Mr. Matheney will be your Merit Badge counselor for the program following the tour.

The program will begin at 11:30 a.m. with registration in the Governor Thomas Worthington Center on the lower level of the Statehouse. Counseling sessions will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This is a great way to learn about Ohio government and history while earning the Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge.

A Capitol Revival—20 Years of Preservation at the Ohio Statehouse
July 1 – 29, 2016
Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Learn about the history and celebrate the 20thanniversary of the seven-year restoration of the Ohio Statehouse from 1989 to 1996. Why restore the Statehouse and Senate Building? What were the motivating factors? Who had the vision to see past the dirt, damage and destruction and carry the project to completion? Materials from the 1996 grand opening celebration will be displayed throughout the Statehouse.

Lost and Found—20 Years of Preservation at the Ohio Statehouse
July 1 – 29, 2016
Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

This exhibit of items will showcase a variety of interesting historic objects found in the Ohio Statehouse and Senate Building during the restoration completed in 1996.

Ohio’s Eight Presidents—American Political Items Collectors
July 7 – September 30, 2016
Ohio Statehouse South Hallway, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

In honor of the Republican National Convention, held in Cleveland July 18-21, 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’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.

A Capitol Anniversary—Celebrate 20 Years of Preservation
Saturday, July 16, 2016; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse and Capitol Square, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Milestones are important, and 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the completion of the Ohio Statehouse restoration project—“A Capitol Revival.” Since 1996 the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) has preserved the historical and political heritage of the State of Ohio, the Ohio Statehouse and Capitol Square. Also, CSRAB has protected the huge investment made by the citizens of Ohio to restore the Ohio Capitol to its 1860 grandeur.

CSRAB invites all Ohioans and visitors from across the country to the Ohio Statehouse for a day of special events and historical exhibits on Capitol Square. Come to the Ohio Statehouse and help celebrate “20 Years of Preservation!” Further details will be forthcoming.

Ohio State Fair Models
July 20 - August 17, 2016
Ohio Statehouse Museum Gallery, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Come to the Ohio Statehouse to see model replicas of the 1850, 1900 and 1950 Ohio State Fairs. You’ll look back into the fair’s history and will be amazed and impressed by the level of precision and detail. The 2016 Ohio State Fair runs from July 27 through August 7, 2016.

Using the Ohio Statehouse as a Teaching Tool:
Teachers’ Professional Development Seminar
July 20, 2016; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse State Room, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Attention Teachers! Join the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center and the Creative Learning Factory to learn innovative ways to use the Ohio Statehouse as a teaching tool. The day will include historical thinking-based activities for the classroom as well as an in-depth tour of the Statehouse. This seminar is open to any grade-level teacher. Space is limited and registration is required at creativelearningfactory.org.

Choose to Read Ohio!
State Library of Ohio, Ohioana Library and Ohio Center for the Book
August 1 – 30, 2016
Ohio Statehouse Map Room, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

This exhibit will feature Choose to Read Ohio books & authors from the 2015-2016 list of selected titles and resource-packed readers’ toolkits. Current and former Choose to Read Ohio posters and READ posters of Ohio authors will also be on display. Choose to Read Ohio spotlights Ohio authors and promotes reading across Ohio. The State Library of Ohio manages the program in partnership with the Ohioana Library Association and Ohio Center for the Book. The goal of Choose to Read Ohio is to encourage Ohioans of all ages to read and enjoy books together.

Ohio Farm Bureau Exhibit: Protecting Water Quality
September 1 – 30, 2016
Ohio Statehouse Map Room, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

The Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers that meets consumer needs and ensures agricultural prosperity in a global marketplace. Important information about Ohio’s water conservation and quality will be the subject of their exhibit.

American Revolutionary War Living History Day
September 26, 2016
Ohio Statehouse Grounds, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

This incredible program incorporates History, Art, Science, English, Math, Economics, Music, and Medicine of the American Revolution time period (1775-1783). Students from Arch-Bishop Hoban High School in Akron, Ohio present this living history program which focuses on the Yorktown Campaign—that final crucial victory that secured our country’s freedom. Students will enlist in the Continental Army, study trajectories, print a Continental Congress broadside on a printing press, taste camp food, practice military drill, play period camp instruments, and visit with General George Washington. This program is geared toward fourth and fifth-grade students.

Ohio Statehouse 9/11 Memorial
September 2016
Ohio Statehouse West Lawn, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Further details will be coming soon!

National Planting Day at the Ohio Statehouse
Date TBA
Ohio Statehouse North Plaza, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

The Ohio Statehouse, in partnership with Keep Ohio Beautiful, the Scotts-Miracle Gro Company, Subaru and the Davey Resources Group, will celebrate National Planting Day. The celebration will include a short ceremony and planting of native species on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse and information displays. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place indoors in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. National Planting Day celebrates the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment, while creating greener, more beautiful communities and landscapes. Since native species are losing ground to suburbanization, fragmented habitats, ornamental plants and invasive species, National Planting Day partners will use the Ohio Statehouse grounds to highlight native species. Native species are critical to attracting specialized pollinators and insects, which in turn provide food for birds and ultimately many more animals up the food chain.

Great Ohioan Nomination Process Open
October 1 – December 1, 2016
Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and Capitol Square Foundation are seeking nominations for the 2017 class of “Great Ohioans.” The award commemorates special Ohioans who have played a significant role in an event, or series of events, of lasting significance in World, American or Ohio history. Additional criteria include being born in Ohio or lived in Ohio for a minimum of five years. At least 25 years must have passed since the commemorated event, in which the nominee participated.

This award is an opportunity to recognize Ohioans who have made an impact in a number of important areas. All Ohioans, including teachers and students, are encouraged to participate in the nomination process. Great Ohioan nomination categories include: inventions/medicine/science; literature/journalism/history; academics; communications/education; entertainment/sports; and government/military/public service/religion. Nomination forms and details are available at ohiostatehouse.org.

Halloween Exhibit
October 3 - October 31, 2016
Ohio Statehouse Map Room, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

See an interesting exhibit of vintage Halloween objects from the 1920s through the 1950s.

National Fossil Day – Ohio Statehouse Fossil Tour
October 12, 2016; 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Ohio Statehouse Map Room, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Join us for National Fossil Day, held during Earth Science Week, and enjoy a Statehouse Fossils Tour—a geology tour of the Statehouse with special guest Dale M. Gnidovic, Curator of the OSU Orton Geological Museum and Mike Angle, Asst. Division Chief at ODNR Division of Geological Survey. Experts will discuss the "Building Stones of Capitol Square." For more information, visit www.earthsciweek.org. To reserve a free spot, call 614/728-2130 or lstedke@csrab.state.oh.us.

Haunted Statehouse Tours
October 14, 15, 21 and 22, 2016 Ohio Statehouse Map Room, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Tickets will go on sale September 6, 2016

Meet figures from the past as you follow conductors with lanterns through the darkened hallways and chambers of the Statehouse. This historical tour is spooky but appropriate for all members of the family. Visit ohiostatehouse.org for tour time and ticket information.

Veterans Day Parade
See the Parade and Cannon Demonstration from the Statehouse Lawn
Date TBA
Ohio Statehouse West Plaza, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

The Statehouse cannons will be fired on the West Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse to begin the parade in honor of Ohio’s veterans. Re-enactors from the 1st Ohio Battery A will be on hand to discuss the historic 1864 cannons. This program is supported by the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A

Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting
December 1, 2016; 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse Rotunda, Atrium, South Hallway and Museum Gallery, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

The holiday season opens in Ohio with the annual holiday Statehouse event. Attend the Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting to kick off the 2016 holiday season. Holiday activities include: carolers, refreshments, community mascots and much more. Historical characters and modern dignitaries will be on hand to greet guests, including Santa himself. Free and open to the public.

This program is sponsored by the Capitol Square Foundation and Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board.

Holiday Choir Performances
December 5 – 15, 2016; 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse Museum Gallery, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

Free lunch-time concerts from Ohio musical groups will take place weekdays from December 5 to December 15. Musical performances are scheduled each weekday at noon in the Museum Gallery of the Ohio Statehouse. Residents, staff and visitors will be treated to a lunch hour concert as Ohio choirs and musical groups celebrate and sing the songs of the season. The concerts are free and open to the public.

Candy Cane Sale at the Statehouse Museum Shop
December 5 - 10, 2016
Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
ohiostatehouse.org; statehouseshop.com
614/752-9777

Draw a candy cane and receive a discount from 10-40 percent off your entire purchase.*

*Excluding Wine, Consignment Items, all Statehouse Holiday Ornaments and Governor’s Residence Holiday ornament. Not to be combined with any other discounts. Sale limited to quantities on hand.

The Ohio Statehouse –it's where history happens! The Ohio Statehouse is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed holidays. The Ohio Statehouse Museum is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; closed holidays. Admission is free. Free guided tours are offered weekdays on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and weekends from noon to 3 p.m. Tours depart from the Map Room easily accessible from the Third Street entrance. Groups of 10 or more are requested to call in advance to ensure a guide is available. Reasonably priced parking is available in the Ohio Statehouse underground parking garage 24 hours a day. Entrances are located on Third Street and State Street. Contact 888/OHIO-123 for more information or to schedule a group tour. For more information about the Ohio Statehouse visit ohiostatehouse.org.

The Ohio Statehouse is handicapped accessible and senior friendly. The Capitol Square complex was restored to allow for greater access by individuals living with disabilities. Ohio Statehouse public programs and events are held in accessible and barrier free areas of the building so that everyone can participate. Ohio Statehouse visitors needing disability-related accommodations in order to fully participate in an event may contact the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board at visitors@ohiostatehouse.org or 614/752-9777 to communicate special needs. Please, allow three weeks for arrangements to be completed.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is responsible for maintaining the historic character of the Statehouse and Capitol Square while providing for the health, safety and convenience of those who work in and visit the complex. The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center coordinates tours of Capitol Square and provides information about the buildings, their history and Ohio's government.

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Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will meet Thursday, January 7, 2016 at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. 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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It’s that time of the year again to grab your entire family, your friends and bring some holiday cheer to celebrate the Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting. This year’s celebration will take place Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This free family-friendly event is open to the public!

The festival marks the beginning of the holiday season on Capitol Square and throughout all of central Ohio. The indoor ceremony will take place in the Statehouse Atrium and consist of a short program, welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus, followed by the lighting of our historically decorated holiday tree. The festivities will then continue with refreshments, arts and crafts activities, games and special performances by local choirs. There will also be a free photo station available to capture your families’ moment with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Refreshments are courtesy of Milo’s Catering, City Barbeque, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, SPAGIO Catering, the Berwick, L.A. Catering, Metro Cuisine Catering, Two Caterers, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council and Starbucks on Capitol Square.

Ongoing Activity Stations:
Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board: Holiday Cards
Office of the Secretary of State Activity Table: Vote for your Favorite Holiday Tradition
Office of the State Auditor Activity Table: Build Your Own Olaf
Office of the Attorney General Activity Table: Kids Zone Make your own I.D. Card
Girl Scouts of Heartland Council Activity Table: Christmas Slime
Ohio Senate: Santa Says
Columbus Clippers: Coloring
Tourism Ohio: Ohio Ornament
Boy Scouts of America
Ohio Pageant Queens: Face Painting and Make a Snowflake
Ohio Paper Folders Activity Table: Holiday Origami Station
KSU Columbus Program Activity Table: Festive Finger Painting
Columbus Board of Realtors: Play Pin the Nose on Rudolf
Salvation Army
Letter to Santa
Holiday Selfie Booth

Performances on the Museum Gallery Stage:
The Magic of Rory Rennick
BalletMet Columbus—Kristina D’Onofrio
Highway Patrol Bomb Dog demonstration
Columbus Metropolitan Library Read Along

Choir Line Up:
The Alliance of Greater Central Ohio
Columbus Chorus of Sweet Adelines
All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir
Annehurst Elementary Choir
The Willow Brook Singers and Rainbow Kids
Grove City Christian School Choir
John Glen High School Choir
Warren High School Hand Bell Choir
Signs of Christmas

Mascots:
Nutcracker - BalletMet Columbus
Salvation Army Bell Ringer
RATio
Lou Seal - Columbus Clippers
Krash- Columbus Clippers
Digger Dog

Come and join us for this magical night at the Ohio Statehouse to start off your holiday season! Convenient and affordable parking is available during the event in the Ohio Statehouse underground parking garage. Parking rates are available at http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/about/general-information/parking/rates.

Holiday press images are available at: http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/2014-12-02-holiday-festival-and-tree-lighting

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

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is responsible for maintaining the historic character of the Statehouse and Capitol Square while providing for the health, safety and convenience of those who work in and visit the complex. The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center coordinates tours of Capitol Square and provides information about the buildings, their history and Ohio's government.

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Calendar Listing:
The Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse; 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/728-9777

Join us at the Ohio Statehouse for our family friendly Capitol Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting. This indoor event is free and open to the public with affordable parking available. Come and meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, watch the magnificent lighting of our holiday tree, enjoy some refreshments, participate in festive arts and crafts activities, and listen to the sweet sounds of local choirs.

 
 
 

The Statehouse Museum Shop will host two book signings Wed., Dec. 16, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Map Room of the Ohio Statehouse featuring Representative Michael F. Curtin, Joe Hallett and Jim Heath. Both titles are available for purchase in the Statehouse Museum Shop.

Rep. Curtin, a former reporter, editor, associate publisher, chief operating officer, and vice chairman at the Columbus Dispatch and current member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and Mr. Hallett, a longtime Ohio political reporter, will be signing their new, third edition of “The Ohio Politics Almanac.” The revised and updated edition features electoral maps, charts and statistical analyses of Ohio’s presidential and gubernatorial elections, along with county-by-county profiles —this is the “Bible” of Ohio politics.

New to this edition is the emphasis on electoral politics, featuring the gubernatorial and presidential maps for the last 10 election cycles. The Almanac now contains maps and charts that illustrate and analyze the outcomes of presidential and gubernatorial elections statewide, by region and by county. The new material offers even more insight into why Ohio has become America’s bellwether and a fulcrum state in presidential races—a must-win prize in modern national elections.

Mr. Heath, a former battleground Ohio political journalist, will sign his new book “Front Row Seat at the Circus: One Journalist’s Journey through Two Presidential Elections.” Heath, who was the political reporter and moderator of Capitol Square on WBNS 10TV, took a year off from his television career to write the book detailing his experiences covering presidential campaigns. “I had too many great campaign stories from both South Carolina and Ohio not to write this book,” said Heath.

The book has received rave reviews from national journalists, politicians and pundits. “It's a tour de force of American politics,” said Jeff Zeleny, CNN’s Senior Washington Correspondent. "Jim’s insights are colorful and conversational, and the background becomes the foreground for the wild rides that elections provide,” added Rick Klein, Political Director for ABC News.

Experts from both sides of the political aisle have rated it high too. Kevin Madden, a Senior Advisor and Spokesman for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, said:
"Presidential campaigns are more grit than glamour, and Jim Heath has woven together a sharp and perceptive account of America’s political battlegrounds and the pivotal role these corners of the country play in the selection of the leader of the free world. ‘Front Row Seat at the Circus’ is the work of a tenacious reporter, with an eye for bringing to life the colorful characters and local electoral customs shaping the pageantry of presidential politics. The book takes readers behind the pipe and drape of the event stage and lets them witness campaign life in raw form."

"Jim understands that while circuses have plenty of clowns, they have moments of great artistry as well. He reports on both, never succumbs to cynicism, and provides us a window into what makes the best politicians--and the best journalists--tick," said David Wilhelm, former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and the Campaign Manager for Bill Clinton for President in 1992.

Both titles are a must read for any Buckeye state politicos. The book signings will be held Wed., Dec. 16, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Map Room of the Ohio Statehouse.

Order “The Ohio Politics Almanac."
Order “Front Row Seat at the Circus: One Journalist’s Journey through Two Presidential Elections."

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