2015 Haunted Statehouse Tours
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board has kicked off ticket sales for the 2015 Haunted Statehouse Tours. The special Halloween tours will take place on Fri., Oct.16 and Sat., Oct. 17; and Fri., Oct. 23 and Sat., Oct. 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 12. 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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High resolution press images are available at:

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Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will meet Thursday, July 16, 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.

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Salmon P. Chase
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) has added a rare and historically significant piece of art to the Statehouse’s Capitol Collection Trust—established to preserve and collect furniture, antiques, and other items significant to the history of Ohio to be displayed at the Ohio Statehouse. The white marble bust of Salmon Portland Chase was executed by the noted Ohio artist Thomas Dow (T.D.) Jones.

“CSRAB is excited to obtain a piece of this caliber for all Ohioans to enjoy,” said William Carleton, executive director of CSRAB. “Chase played a leading role in state and national politics during the 19th century, and as the sixth chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, led the judicial branch from 1864 to 1873. The bust is a wonderful addition to the Capitol Collection.”

The Chase bust joins another famous Jones sculpture at the Ohio Statehouse. Jones was commissioned in the fall of 1860 to complete a bust of then president-elect Abraham Lincoln of Illinois. This bust is on display in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse as part of the “Lincoln and Soldiers’ Monument” completed in 1871.

The life-size, white marble bust of Chase is clothed with a shirt, bow tie, and jacket and is draped with a robe. The head is turned slightly to the right with blank eyes in the Imperial Roman style. Chase’s daughter, Kate (Chase) Sprague, owned the marble bust now in the CSRAB Capitol Collection Trust. It is believed the bust was commissioned as a wedding gift for Kate who married in November 1863 when Chase was the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Due to the high quality of the work, Jones used the CSRAB piece as a master-model for a bust commissioned by the U.S. Congress for the Supreme Court of the United States in 1874.

Chase was a leading abolitionist from Cincinnati, Ohio, one of the founders of the Republican Party in 1854 and Lincoln’s main rival for the 1860 Republican presidential nomination. Governor Chase was the first chief executive to occupy the “new” Ohio Statehouse in 1857, and it is Chase who oversaw the Ohio State Capitol Festival held January 6, 1857 to celebrate the building’s opening.

The welcome address Governor Chase gave to the 52nd Ohio General Assembly encapsulates his pride in the Ohio Statehouse and is a testament to the place the Ohio Capitol holds in the hearts of all Ohio citizens:

“In simplicity of Design, in harmony of Proportions, and in massive solidity of Structure, it stands, and may it long stand, a monument and symbol of the clear Faith, the well ordered Institutions, and the enduring Greatness of the People whose House it is.”

The Chase bust is on display in the Museum Gallery of the Ohio Statehouse opposite his main political rival, Abraham Lincoln.

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The Ohio Statehouse today announced the 2015 Summer Fridays at the Statehouse schedule of performances. The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) has partnered with 12 central Ohio performing arts groups to present, Summer Fridays at the Statehouse. Summer Fridays is a FREE outdoor lunch-time performing arts series staged on the West Plaza (High Street) of the historic Ohio Statehouse. Summer Fridays at the Statehouse provides an opportunity for the public and downtown community to gather on Capitol Square to experience some of Columbus’ diverse arts groups and to visit the beautiful Ohio Capitol.

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

Scheduled 2015 performances include:
June 5 – Arnett Howard, Creole Funk
- Food Truck: New Horizons Street Grill

June 12 – The Alliance of Greater Central Ohio, Barbershop Harmony
- Food Truck: Stickyfingers

June 19 – Franklin Xpress, Classic rock
- Food Truck: Red Plate, Blue Plate

June 26 – OhioDance, presents Dance Around the World
- Food Truck: Paddy Wagon

July 10 – Two For the Road, Rock ’n Roll
Food Truck: Dos Hermanos

July 17 – Columbus Chorus of Sweet Adeline’s International
- Food Truck: Timmy's Meltdown

July 24 – Bohemian Highway, Contemporary, Indie, Folk
- Food Truck: Wrapped Up

July 31 – Willow Brook Singers, present the Great American Road Trip
- Food Truck: Dos Hermanos

August 7 – The Smoking Guns, Blues, Country, Rock
- Food Truck: Philly Buster

August 14 – RMT, presents Songs of America
- Food Truck: New Horizons Street Grill

August 21 – One Way Gospel, Gospel and Country
- Food Truck: Wrapped Up

August 28 – Grassahol, Bluegrass and Country
- Food Truck: Stickyfingers

Summer Fridays at the Statehouse will take place Fridays, June 5 through August 28 (absent July 3). The programs will run between noon and 1 p.m. The series gives the downtown community and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the majestic Statehouse grounds while some of Columbus’ best arts groups perform. There is no better place downtown to enjoy your lunch this summer!

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

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

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

High resolution photos from the 2014 season are available at:

A 30 second Public Service Announcement promoting the event can be viewed at:

Facts About Downtown Columbus:
- Approximately 100,000 employees work downtown.
- Is home to thousands of residents.
- Downtown Columbus is one of the safest places in central Ohio.
- 30,000 students attend classes at one of four downtown colleges or universities.
- Downtown has accessible public transportation service; COTA bus stops located near the Ohio Statehouse; the CBUS circulator is a great option.

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CSRAB Executive Director William E. Carleton
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is pleased to announce that William E. Carleton, CSRAB executive director, has been named a 2015 BOMA Fellow. This designation is bestowed upon individuals who have displayed exemplary and sustained contributions to commercial real estate, their profession, the community and BOMA at all levels and have continually answered the call to leadership and service throughout their careers.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the BOMA Fellow designation for 2015. Receiving recognition from one’s peers in your chosen profession is a profound moment in anyone’s life — I am very grateful to BOMA. It is a very special day in my management career,” said William E. Carleton, CSRAB executive director.

The honorees will use the “BOMA Fellow” credential after their names and will be called upon to serve BOMA in a variety of capacities, including teaching, mentoring new members and young professionals, identifying future BOMA leaders, authoring articles and serving as thought leaders to address industry trends.
“William E. Carleton is a respected voice within the commercial real estate industry and the BOMA community, and his contributions to both have been significant," commented BOMA International Chair John G. Oliver, BOMA Fellow, managing principal for Oliver & Company. “Through his service as a BOMA Fellow, Bill will have the opportunity to advance the industry and guide the next generation of property professionals.”

This latest class of BOMA Fellows will be honored at BOMA International’s annual conference this June in Los Angeles.

About BOMA International The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of 91 BOMA U.S. associations and 17 international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including 10.4 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 1.8 million jobs and contributes $227.6 billion to the U.S. GDP. Its mission is to advance a vibrant commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge. Learn more at

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2014 Capitol Cannons vintage base ball club
For the fifth consecutive year, the west lawn of the Ohio Statehouse will host vintage “base ball” (historically two words), as members of the 131st Ohio General Assembly (OGA) take on the Ohio Village Muffins, Tuesday, May 19. Reminiscent of barnstorming tours of yesteryear, the match begins at 5:30 p.m., as the Capitol Cannons challenge the Ohio Village Muffins in an exhibition game of vintage base ball. The event is free and open to the public.

Members of the 131st OGA, representing the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives, will take a break from partisan politics as Republicans and Democrats come together and cross the aisle to form the Capitol Cannons. The 2015 Cannons will be skippered by Senator Cliff Hite.

The “titanic struggle” takes place Tuesday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. on the west lawn (High Street) of the Ohio Statehouse. The two teams will be fighting for bragging rights and the all-important symbol of victory, the Richard Schuricht Memorial Cup. Prior to the game, the Statehouse’s 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A will provide a cannon firing demonstration and discussion of leisure activities Civil War soldiers would have used to pass the time in camp.

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

Photos from the 2014 Ohio Statehouse vintage base ball game can be found here:

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

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

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

An out is declared if:

  • A hit ball is caught on the fly or the first bound, including foul tips to the catcher.

  • A base runner overruns any base (including first) and is touched by the ball in the hands of an adversary.

Enjoy an evening downtown, as you watch the Ohio General Assembly Capitol Cannons host the Ohio Village Muffins in an exhibition vintage base ballgame. Come early and enjoy a ball park dinner. Concessions will be provided by the Angry Wiener food truck.
Support for this event is provided by the Ohio Lobbying Association, the Ohio Village Muffins, the Ohio Village Singers, the Capitol Square Foundation and the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A.

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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will celebrate Earth Day Wednesday, April 22, 2015 with the dedication of a beehive and planting of a sourwood tree on Capitol Square. Students from Annehurst Elementary, Westerville City Schools, will participate in the Earth Day event that will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the North Plaza of the Statehouse grounds. Also participating will be the Ohio State Beekeepers Association, Central Ohio Beekeepers Association, Nina’s Village Apiary and Davey Tree Expert Co. A book reading will kick off the event followed by remarks from representatives of the participating organizations.

Situated on 10 acres in the heart of downtown Columbus, the Ohio Statehouse grounds serve as an unmistakable green oasis in the heart of the capital city. More than 100 plant species are maintained on the grounds; including a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. The grounds continue to serve as a gathering place for the people of Ohio.

“Pollinators make the Statehouse grounds blossom and contribute to a balanced ecosystem. We continue to cultivate a wide variety of beautiful plants here on Capitol Square for all Ohioans to enjoy,” said William Carleton, executive director of the Capitol Square Review and Board.

About honeybees:

  • Honeybees are not aggressive by nature, and will not sting unless provoked.

  • Honeybees represent a highly organized society, with various bees having very specific roles during their lifetime: e.g., nurses, guards, grocers, housekeepers, construction workers, royal attendants, undertakers, foragers, etc.

  • The queen bee can live for several years. Worker bees live for 6 weeks during the busy summer, and for 4-9 months during the winter months.

  • The practice of honey collection and beekeeping dates back to the stone-age, as evidenced by cave paintings.

  • The honeybee hive is perennial. Although quite inactive during the winter, the honeybee survives the winter months by clustering for warmth; by self-regulating the internal temperature of the cluster, the bees maintain 93 degrees Fahrenheit in the center of the winter cluster (regardless of the outside temperature).

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Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) Human Resources Committee will meet Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. The committee will meet in executive session in room 44 of the Senate Building at 9 a.m. to review CSRAB Human Resources.

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