STATEHOUSE NEWS


Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will meet Thursday, April 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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On a cool, damp morning the body of slain President Abraham Lincoln was laid in repose at the Ohio Statehouse April 29, 1865; from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. An estimated 50,000 Ohioans paid their respect to the “Savior of the Union.”

It is difficult to articulate in words how the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln affected the nation. To put it simply, the murder of President Lincoln less than three weeks after the end of the American Civil War and less than two months into his second term was a cataclysmic event. The “Lincoln Funeral Train” traveled more than 1,600 miles and during the 13 day trip one third of the population of the United States witnessed the train pass through their community. With the 150thanniversary of this historic event upon us, this is your opportunity to pay your respects to President Abraham Lincoln at the Ohio Statehouse from Wednesday, April 29, to Monday, May 4, 2015.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will recreate the memorial decoration that the State of Ohio installed in 1865. Under the director of Governor John Brough, the Ohio Statehouse welcomed more than 50,000 Ohioans to Columbus on that April day in 1865. CSRAB would like to extend an invitation to all 11.5 million Ohioans to pay their respect to the 16th President of the United States. The public is invited to leave fresh flowers in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda in honor of President Abraham Lincoln to commemorate this historic event.

The Ohio Statehouse will be decorated as it was in 1865 for the President’s memorial held at the Ohio Capitol. “I hope we have visitors from all 88 Ohio counties participate in this historic event. The 150thanniversary celebration of the repose of President Lincoln will go down in the annals of this, magnificent, building as a once in a lifetime experience,” said William Carleton, executive director of CSRAB.


“Over the last four years, the National Park Service has commemorated the 150th anniversary of this country’s greatest national crisis, while exploring its enduring relevance in the 21st century using the guiding theme of Civil War to Civil Rights,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “As the sesquicentennial events come to a close, our commemorations of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train highlight the major cities, including two in Ohio, that held funeral ceremonies along that route to Springfield, Ill. These events in Columbus and Cleveland recognize the Buckeye State's significant role in the Union war effort, both on the battlefields and on the home front."

Further repose details are available at: http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/announcements

Images of the Repose of Lincoln are available at: http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/lincolns-repose-april-29

“Abraham Lincoln's Journey Home” NPS website:
http://www.nps.gov/liho/learn/historyculture/JourneyHome.htm.

REPOSE SCHEDULE AND DETAILS
April 29, 2015

Civil War Encampment, West Plaza; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,

Learn what camp life was like during the Civil War. Walk among soldiers’ tents, see how to fire the cannon every half 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. Cannon firings will occur every half hour on the West Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse. This program is supported by the 1stOhio Light Artillery, Battery A.

Repose of President Abraham Lincoln at the Ohio Statehouse, Rotunda; 10 a.m.

The song Taps was written during Civil War. Echo taps will be played by Bugles Across America in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda.

Replica Casket and Honor Guard; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The public is invited to leave fresh flowers in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda in honor of President Abraham Lincoln to commemorate this historic event.

Batesville Casket Company created the 1865 casket for Lincoln, and has generously provided an accurate replica for this event. 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 repose in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda on April 29, 1865. Again, visitors are encouraged to lay flowers in remembrance of President Abraham Lincoln throughout the event.

Lincoln Presentation in partnership with the National Park Service with Fritz Klein, Chamber of the Ohio House of Representatives; 6 p.m.

Four years ago, the National Park Service (NPS) commemorated the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's inaugural journey to Washington, DC with first person interpretive programs of Lincoln in all of the major cities that Lincoln visited on the day that he made his visit. This year, the NPS will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Funeral with programs in each of the major cities that held a funeral for Lincoln from Washington, DC to Springfield, Illinois on the day the funerals were held. The program consists of an introduction by a NPS ranger, followed by a one hour presentation of Lincoln by accomplished Lincoln actor, Fritz Klein. The presentation will focus on Lincoln's vision for America as he expressed it during his life, his vision of moving the nation from civil war to civil rights. This program is free and open to the public—no ticket is needed as this is an open seating event.

“Abraham Lincoln's Journey Home” NPS website:
http://www.nps.gov/liho/learn/historyculture/JourneyHome.htm.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

12 p.m., Atrium; The Lincoln Funeral; presented by Scott Trostel author of THE LINCOLN FUNERAL TRAIN: The Final Journey and National Funeral for Abraham Lincoln.

Scott's program about The Lincoln Funeral Train recounts the sad journey from Washington, D. C. to Springfield, Illinois in 1865. One-third of the population of the United States witnessed passage of the train between April 21 and May 2, 1865. The program recounts state stops at the cities of Baltimore, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, including the near-riot, New York City, Albany, Buffalo, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Chicago with burial in Springfield, Illinois Incidents along the route are recounted, such as meal stops by the funeral train and reactions of the crowds at trackside as the train passed by. Specific to Ohio, the train made State funeral stops at Cleveland and Columbus en route to Springfield, IL. The funeral train changed locomotives at Piqua. The graphics for this program were recently presented at the Lincoln Assassination Conference by the Surratt Society in Washington, D. C. The program will be presented at 12 noon in the Statehouse Atrium. Free and open to the public.

Friday, May 1, 2015

12 p.m., Atrium; Lincoln on Screen: Black and White Lincoln in the 1950’s; presented by Mark Reinhart author of ABRAHAM LINCOLN ON SCREEN.

President Lincoln is the most frequently portrayed American historical figure in history of the film and television arts, having been featured in more than 300 productions since the birth of the motion picture medium. Lincoln historian, author and film producer, Mark Reinhart, will present a public program on the subject of Lincoln-related film and television. The program will be presented at 12 noon in the Statehouse Atrium. Free and open to the public.

Friday, May 1 to Monday, May 4, 2015

Pay Your Respects to President Lincoln!

The State of Ohio recognized the significance of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and they understood the pain felt by the people of Columbus, Ohio. In honor of the slain President, the catafalque was to remain on display in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse until the President was laid to rest in the tomb at Springfield, IL on May 4. Floral tributes were placed on the catafalque where the President’s coffin had rested on April 29 and thousands of citizens, young and old, visited the Ohio Statehouse through May 4, 1865.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board will recreate this event in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse. This is your opportunity to pay your respects to President Abraham Lincoln. Connect with the year 1865 and relive the events that shaped the history of the United States 150 years ago at the Ohio Statehouse.

Additionally, special exhibits have been scheduled and designed by the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center (OSMEC) to run in conjunction with observance of the repose. The special exhibits will be on display through the end of the school year to allow the thousands of students that tour the Ohio Statehouse each spring to experience this historical event. The public is invited to leave fresh flowers in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda in honor of President Abraham Lincoln to commemorate this historic event.

EXHIBITS AT THE OHIO STATEHOUSE

The Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln Exhibit
April 29, 2015
Ohio Statehouse Rotunda, 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 their fate. This exhibit is for mature audiences.

The Lincoln Funeral Train in Pictures and Photos
March 31 – June 2, 2015
Ohio Statehouse North Hallway, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

This 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 photographs of how he was honored at each stop. This exhibit will bring to life one of those stops in our own Ohio Statehouse, where 50,000 Ohioans paid their respects. Reproduction images are courtesy of the Library of Congress and others.

General John C. Caldwell and the Lincoln Funeral Train
March 31 – June 2, 2015
Ohio Statehouse North Hallway, 1 Capitol Square; downtown Columbus
614/752-9777
Free!

General John Curtis Caldwell had 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 North and South. Travelling with the 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 Lincoln funeral train, a silver tassel from the catafalque, a mourning badge and ribbon, a silk from the Cleveland service and funeral time table from the slain president’s Columbus repose.

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

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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is proud to announce its participation in the National Park Service event “Bells across the Land: A Nation Remembers Appomattox.” On April 9, 1865, Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant met Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to set the terms of surrender of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Bells will ring first at Appomattox Court House at 3 p.m. April 9, 2015. The ringing will commence at the exact time the historic meeting between Grant and Lee in the McLean House at Appomattox ended 150 years ago. To commemorate the symbolic end to the American Civil War the National Park Service and its partners invite communities across the nation to join in this commemoration.

After the ringing at Appomattox, bells across the country will toll. Bells will reverberate from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, from the Old North Church in Boston, from the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, from Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, and from battlefields, national park sites, national cemeteries, state capitols, county court houses, town halls, historical sites, universities, schools, homes, churches, temples, and mosques around the nation.

Please join CSRAB in the Museum Gallery of the Ohio Statehouse precisely at 3:15 p.m. EDT for four minutes (one minute for each year of war) of reflection as the State of Ohio commemorates the end of the American Civil War. The 89th Ohio Bicentennial Bell made for “the people of the State of Ohio” will be used for the event. Commissioned in 2003 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, all 88 Ohio counties and the Ohio Statehouse received a bell cast by the Verdin Company of Cincinnati.

The National Park Service is encouraging organizations and individuals to share their commemoration experiences at #BellsAcrosstheLand2015. Also, follow the Ohio Statehouse on Twitter @OhioStatehouse--here you will find event photos and information on the upcoming 150th anniversary of the repose of President Abraham Lincoln at the Ohio Capitol April 29.

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

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Ohio's replica of the Liberty Bell
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is proud to announce the return of Ohio’s replica liberty bell to the Ohio Statehouse. The Ohio bell is one of 55, full-size Liberty Bell replicas produced in 1950 and given to the states and territories of the United States as gifts. The bells where commissioned by the U.S. Treasury Department and cast in the Paccard Foundry of Sévrier, France. The bells were used as promotional pieces for a savings bond drive held from May 15 to July 4, 1950, with the slogan “Save for Your Independence.”

For over forty years the replica liberty bell resided inside the Ohio Statehouse. The majority of that time the bell could be found in the south hallway on the first floor of the capitol. During the massive seven-year restoration of the Ohio Statehouse and Capitol Square the bell was moved to the Ohio History Center, headquarters of the Ohio History Connection.

“CSRAB is happy to bring a piece of Statehouse history back to Capitol Square. The bell reminds Statehouse visitors of the Founding Fathers’ legacy of liberty, freedom and democratic ideals that all Americans have inherited,” said William Carleton, CSRAB executive director.

The replica liberty bell is on display in the Museum Gallery of the Ohio Statehouse and is one of two bells that are housed on the ground floor. Directly north of the liberty bell replica stands the 89th Ohio Bicentennial Bell made for “the people of the State of Ohio.” Commissioned in 2003 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, all 88 Ohio counties and the Ohio Statehouse received a bell cast by the Verdin Company of Cincinnati.

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

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Happy birthday, Ohio! Join your friends at the Ohio Statehouse’s family-friendly celebration of Ohio’s 212th birthday Sunday, March 1 from noon to 3 p.m. Attendees will participate in creative art projects, go on a special Statehouse tour featuring Ohio’s symbols, engage in a scavenger hunt and explore the Statehouse Museum. At 2 p.m. be sure to join the party in the Rotunda for birthday cake! This event is free and open to the public!

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 1814 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 158 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 212th birthday at the Ohio Statehouse.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) educates the tens of thousands of citizens that tour the Statehouse annually, facilitates the function of government and the Ohio General Assembly and protects the historical integrity of the Statehouse while at the same time, ensuring the safety of the 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 Ohio Statehouse is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed state and federal 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 located on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call in advance to ensure a guide is available. Contact 888/OHIO-123 for more information or to schedule a group tour. To view this press release and others, visit www.ohiostatehouse.org.

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“The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial” will return to the Ohio Statehouse and will be on view in the Rotunda from Feb. 9 through Feb. 22. The exhibit was first unveiled at the Ohio Statehouse in 2008. The display was created in memory of 22 fallen Marines and a Navy Corpsman from Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division who lost their lives while serving in Iraq in 2005. The exhibition will be on display fora fortnight in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda and is free and open to the public.

Additions and Changes to the Memorial

The memorial began as a dream of artist Anita Miller of Columbus, Ohio in 2005. With help, her vision became reality when her paintings were unveiled in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse in 2008. Since then, the Lima Company Memorial has been viewed at 130 sites across the nation. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Lima Companies deployment to Iraqi in 2005 a special service is planned for the Ohio Statehouse while the memorial is on display.

Although the paintings and the emotional impact have not changed, some new elements have been added. Heavy steel frames have been replaced with aluminum frames. A video accompanying the exhibit highlights the trip the memorial has made the past seven years. An additional painting is on display depicting three support Marines who were also killed in the same 2005 incident: Cpl. David “Bear” Stewart of Bogalusa, Louisiana; LCpl. Kevin Waruinge of Tampa, Florida and Sgt. Bradley Harper of Dresden, Ohio.

Attendants will be on hand daily to interact with visitors. Guests may also interact with the Lima Company Memorial. Cards available with QR codes lead to videos that tell the story of the men depicted in the paintings and comments by the artist.

Guests may add to the memorial, by writing a personal message on the back of a dog tag. Dog tags are available for purchase in the Statehouse Museum Shop on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse, along with other commemorative items. Dog tags may be put into the boots which are part of the Lima Company Memorial. The dog tags will travel with the exhibit and become a part of the memorial.

The display of the Lima Company Memorial will be in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse from Feb. 9 through Feb. 22. It is free and open to the public every day, except for Feb. 16, when the Ohio Statehouse will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day.

About the Lima Company Memorial

The Ohio-based Marine Reserve unit, once known as “Lucky Lima,” was one of the hardest hit units in Operation Iraqi Freedom, suffering casualties of 22 Marines and their Navy Corpsman. Created by Columbus artist Anita Miller, the memorial contains life-sized paintings of each of the 23 fallen heroes. Names and statistics of each of the fallen men, an ever-living candle, boots and space for visitors to leave mementos will be part of this moving memorial installation.

The Ohio Statehouse Rotunda will serve as a solemn place to honor these American service members from Feb. 9 through Feb. 22.

“The Ohio Statehouse is proud of the service given to the country by Lima Co. and all service men and women of the United States Armed Forces. At the same time, I am humbled to be in the presence of those ‘who gave the last full measure of devotion;’ it is an emotional exhibit; it’s an honor to have it at the Ohio Statehouse.,” said William E. Carleton, executive director of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board.

The exhibition at the Ohio Statehouse will offer thousands of individuals the opportunity to learn about the sacrifices that these fallen servicemen have given our state and nation.

The Fallen heroes include:
Private First Class Christopher R. Dixon
Lance Corporal Christopher P. Lyons
Staff Sergeant Anthony L. Goodwin
Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Youngblood (Navy Corpsman)
Sergeant Justin F. Hoffman
Staff Sergeant Kendall H. Ivy II
Lance Corporal Nicholas William B. Bloem
Corporal Andre L. Williams
Lance Corporal Grant B. Fraser
Lance Corporal Aaron H. Reed
Lance Corporal Edward A. Schroeder II
Lance Corporal William B. Wightman
Lance Corporal Timothy M. Bell, Jr.
Lance Corporal Eric J. Bernholtz
Corporal Dustin A. Derga
Lance Corporal Nicholas B. Erdy
Lance Corporal Wesley G. Davids
Sergeant David N. Wimberg
Lance Corporal Michael J. Cifuentes
Lance Corporal Christopher J. Dyer
Lance Corporal Jonathan W. Grant
Sergeant David Kenneth J. Kreuter
Lance Corporal Jourdan L. Grez

For more images and more information about the Lima Company Memorial: The Eyes on Freedom exhibit, visit www.limacompanymemorial.org.
To view this press release and others, visit www.ohiostatehouse.org.

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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) was saddened yesterday by news of Ron Keller’s passing. Mr. Keller served as executive director of CSRAB from 1993 until 2005 and had worked on the Ohio Statehouse restoration project since 1990. Mr. Keller, working with longtime CSRAB Chairman Senator Richard Finan, managed the $121 million Ohio Capitol restoration that was completed in 1996.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kathy, the children and the entire Keller family during this difficult time. Working with Ron during the restoration, I learned firsthand of his passion for Ohio history and his love for this magnificent building. Ron believed, as I do that the Ohio Statehouse is here for all Ohioans to visit and enjoy, this truly is the ‘People’s House,’” said William Carleton CSRAB executive director.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Tidd Funeral Home, 5265 Norwich St., in Hilliard, Ohio. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in Mr. Keller's name to the Capitol Square Foundation Suite 016, Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215-4275.

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

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2014 CFP National Championship Trophy
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will host the 2014 CFP National Championship Trophy at the Ohio Statehouse Friday, Feb. 6 until Sunday, Feb. 8. This is the perfect way to celebrate the Buckeyes’ historic win and share the victory with all of Ohio.

“This trophy represents an extraordinary football team and an amazing season, and sharing it with Ohioans presents an opportunity to affirm the qualities that exemplify what it means to be a Buckeye,” said Ohio State President Michael V. Drake. “Ohio State has long been defined by excellence, and the dedication of Buckeye Nation is an important part of the university’s success. As we continue to celebrate our football team’s accomplishments, our objective as an educational institution and economic engine for the state remains the same – to be champions, on and off the field.”

“CSRAB would like to thank President Michael V. Drake of The Ohio State University for sharing the Buckeyes monumental achievement with the Ohio Statehouse for all Ohioans to enjoy,” said William Carleton, CSRAB executive director. “This is a win all Ohioans can celebrate.” The exhibit is free and open to the public.

2014 CFP National Championship Trophy exhibit schedule:

  • Friday, Feb. 6; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Statehouse Map Room

  • Saturday, Feb. 7 and Sunday, Feb. 8; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Statehouse Rotunda



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

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