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.

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The Statehouse Museum Shop in partnership with The Book Loft will host a book signing featuring Karl Rove Wed., Dec. 9, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Map Room of the Ohio Statehouse. Mr. Rove’s new release, “The Triumph of William McKinley,” is available for purchase in the Statehouse Museum Shop.

Mr. Rove will be signing his new book, “The Triumph of William McKinley.” The book details the 1896 campaign in which Ohioan William McKinley defeated William Jennings Bryan for the presidency. Offering a new view of President William McKinley’s administration, the book highlights McKinley's revolutionary political strategies and campaign tactics that both parties can find informative in today’s political landscape.

Mr. Rove explains why McKinley and the campaign of 1896 are still relevant, “The challenges of 1896 are similar to those of today: A rapidly changing electorate affected by a growing immigrant population; an uncertain economy disrupted by new technologies; growing income inequality; and contentious issues the two major parties could not resolve. McKinley found ways to address these challenges and win, which is why his campaign is so relevant to our politics now.”

The book signing will be held Wed., Dec. 9, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Map Room of the Ohio Statehouse.

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The book signing with Joe Hallett and Mike Curtin has been rescheduled for December 16; further details will be forthcoming about this event.

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Tues., Dec. 1, 2015
It’s almost that time of the year again to grab your loved ones and spread some holiday cheer at The Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting. Save the date and join in on the fun at this year’s celebration Tues., Dec. 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 consist of a short program, welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus, followed by the lighting of the historically-decorated State of Ohio holiday tree.

The festivities will then continue with some of Starbucks’ delicious refreshments, arts and crafts activities, games and special performances from local choirs. Come meet Lou Seal and Crash from the Clippers, and congratulate the team on winning the 2015 Governor’s Cup. Santa won’t be the only magical man here; “magician” Rory Rennick will be performing in the museum gallery. The Columbus Metropolitan Library will also be joining us this year for a holiday story read along, and of course there will be a free photo station available to capture your family’s special moment with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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

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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and Capitol Square Foundation (CSF) will provide 75 school transportation grants to visit the Ohio Statehouse and its museum during the 2015-2016 academic year. The online application process will open Mon., Nov. 9, 2015 at 9 a.m. The grants will be made available to help schools defray bus transportation costs to the Ohio Statehouse. Each awarded grant will be based on one-way mileage from the visiting school to Columbus. The program was created in 2009 by the Capitol Square Foundation. Since the program’s inception, more than 75,000 students from all 88 Ohio counties have visited the Ohio Statehouse with the help of this grant program. “We are grateful for the continued support from Honda of America," said Charles Moses, Capitol Square Foundation Chairman, “civics education comes alive at the Ohio Statehouse!"

A total of 75 grants will be awarded: 25 grants in three mileage categories. The mileage categories are for a one-way trip from the visiting school to the Ohio Statehouse. "The transportation grant program provides thousands of Ohio school children with a learning experience here at the Ohio Statehouse," said William E. Carleton, CSRAB executive director, “we are teaching the future leaders of Ohio.”

The three mileage categories include:

  • 1 to 50 miles, $ 200.00

  • 51 to 100 miles, $ 300.00

  • 101+ miles, $ 400.00

Each category will be closed once the 25 available grants have been awarded. All grants will be awarded on a first come-first served basis.

The school transportation grants will be available to any Ohio school that receives state funding. The grants are limited to Ohio students in the fourth through 12th grades during the 2015-2016 academic year. Only one transportation grant will be awarded to each school regardless of the number of buses or students visiting the Ohio Statehouse. A field trip to the Ohio Statehouse can be combined with visits to other educational attractions in downtown Columbus, including the Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery, Columbus Museum of Art, COSI and the Ohio Judicial Center.

Once the application process opens Mon., Nov. 9—only online applications will be accepted. All applications must be submitted by an authorized teacher or school administrator. Applications will be accepted until every grant is awarded.

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Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) Finance Committee will meet Thu., Oct.15, 2015 at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. The committee will meet in the U.S. Grant Hearing Room (room 110) at 9:30 a.m.
The meeting is open to the public.

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Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will meet Thu., Oct. 15, 2015 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.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and Capitol Square Foundation are seeking nominations for the 2016 class of “Great Ohioans.” The award celebrates 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. A complete explanation of the nomination process and nomination forms can be found online at and

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

  • government/military/public service/religion

Deadline for nominations is Tue., Dec. 1, 2015. The Capitol Square Foundation may select up to three nominees to submit for selection to the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, the administrative agency of the Ohio Statehouse. The Great Ohioan Award recipients will be announced and recognized in early 2016.

Since 2003, 37 Great Ohioans have been recognized with the award for the special roles they played in history. The Great Ohioans include;

2003 Class: Orville and Wilbur Wright, inventors; John Glenn, first American to orbit the earth; and Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon;

2008 Class: Jesse Owens, Olympic track and field star; Thomas Edison, inventor; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author; James Thurber, journalist and author; Colonel Charles Young, military leader; and Dr. George Crile, founder of the Cleveland Clinic;

2009 Class: Catherine Nelson Black, health care humanitarian; Salmon P. Chase, Ohio Governor, Secretary of the Treasury and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice; Paul Laurence Dunbar, poet and author; Charles F. Kettering, inventor; Eddie Rickenbacker, World War I fighter ace; and Denton T. “Cy” Young, baseball legend.

2010 Class: James M. Cox, journalist, member of the United States House of Representatives, Ohio Governor; Florence Ellinwood Allen, first woman Ohio Supreme Court Justice; Bob Feller, baseball legend; and Bill Willis, National Football League hall of famer.

2011 Class: Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War General and U.S. President; William Moore McCulloch, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, U.S. Congressman and civil rights advocate; William Howard Taft, U.S. President and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice; and Harriet Taylor Upton, women’s rights advocate and author.

2012 Class: Gordon Battelle, philanthropist and researcher; Dominic Salavtore “Don” Gentile, World War II fighter pilot; Washington Gladden, clergyman and social reformer; Albert Belmont Graham, founder of the 4-H program; Albert Sabin, medical researcher best known for the oral polio vaccine; and William T. Sherman, Civil War general.

2013 Class: James Abram Garfield, scholar, Civil War General and U.S. President; Granville T. Wood, entrepreneur and inventor; Paul Brown, professional football innovator, coach and executive.

2014 Class: Annie Oakley, superstar sharpshooter and educator, and Jerri Mock, first woman to fly around the world.

2015 Class: Agnes Meyer Driscoll, groundbreaking cryptographer and leader in the field of intelligence and national security; Rufus Putnam, American Revolutionary War General, surveyor and co-founder of the Ohio Company.

A special exhibit in the Ohio Statehouse Museum pays tribute to all Great Ohioan Award recipients. On a large touch screen, a host of options are available for visitors to explore the life and accomplishments of each recipient. While countless Ohioans have performed great actions for their community and beyond, only a select few have been named a “Great Ohioan.” The 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 video, photos and web based technology to explore the life and legacy of each Great Ohioan.

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 and visit the complex. The Ohio Statehouse Museum shines a light on the history of this great edifice, its symbolic meaning and highlights the important role the Ohio Capitol plays in 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.


Haunted Statehouse Tour tickets are still available—2015 marks 21 years of haunted tours on Capitol Square. The special Halloween tours will take place on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17; and Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24. Tickets for the Haunted Statehouse Tours are $12 per adult and $6 per child under the age of 12. This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be pre-ordered.

Tours will depart every half-hour between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tour times are: 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are limited to 40 individuals per tour time each night. This is a hot ticket on Capitol Square.

Tickets can be purchased three ways:
-Online at (click "Holiday");
-Visit the Statehouse Museum Shop on the ground floor of the Ohio
-Purchase over the phone by calling 614/728-9234.
Ohio Statehouse staff members and volunteers will combine history and legend in this special family-friendly haunted Statehouse tour. Conductors will lead visitors through the dimly-lit limestone corridors of the Ohio Statehouse by lantern. This historical tour is spooky but appropriate for all members of the family. The tour is most suitable for individuals over the age of eight. The 2015 edition of the Haunted Statehouse Tours will feature newly found evidence of paranormal activity at the Ohio Statehouse.

Special activities will be available to participate in before each tour. The Statehouse Museum shop will be open throughout the evening and will offer candy apples, candy and caramel corn, cookies and soda for purchase. In addition, special Halloween merchandise will be offered for purchase. More information is available at

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

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