STATEHOUSE NEWS


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 http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/museum/great-ohioans and www.capitolsquarefoundation.org.

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.

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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 www.statehouseshop.com (click "Holiday");
-Visit the Statehouse Museum Shop on the ground floor of the Ohio
Statehouse;
-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 www.statehouseshop.com.

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 http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/about/general-information/parking/rates.


For more information about the Haunted Statehouse Tours, visit www.ohiostatehouse.org or contact 614/728-2130.

High resolution press images are available at: http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/events.

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

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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) in partnership with Keep Ohio Beautiful will celebrate the power of pollinators to support nature and our food supply as part of the fourth annual National Planting Day Wed., Sept. 23, 2015. A variety of activities are planned at the Ohio Statehouse, including planting an Ohio Native Pollinator Garden, designed by scientists at The Davey Tree Expert Co. In addition to attracting a variety of pollinators, this garden will provide nectar sources for the beehive installed earlier this year on the Statehouse grounds.

National Planting Day celebrates the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities. To commemorate this day, Keep Ohio Beautiful will host a public educational event at the North Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will be kicked off by an interactive pollinator educational program with students from Annehurst Elementary presented by senior entomologists from Scotts Miracle-Gro. Following the presentation, Senator Gayle Manning and Representative Ryan Smith will read to the first and second grade students. A program with remarks from representatives of the participating organizations is scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m.

“This is another example of great companies and organizations coming together here at the Ohio Statehouse to help educate the people of Ohio on the importance of a healthy ecosystem and the pollinators that make that ecosystem bloom,” said William Carleton, executive director, CSRAB.

Michael Mennett,executive director, Keep Ohio Beautiful will be joined by Keep Ohio Beautiful state affiliates; Ohio legislators; Senator Gayle Manning; Representative Ryan Smith; William Carleton, executive director, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board; Su Lok, director of corporate and community partnerships, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company; Karen Wise, vice-president, Keep Ohio Beautiful; Terry Lieberman Smith, vice president, Ohio State Beekeepers Association; Ken Christensen, senior scientist, Davey Resource Group, a division of The Davey Tree Expert Co.; and Nina Bagley, Nina’s Village Apiary.

The species included in the native pollinator garden were carefully selected by scientists at Davey with assistance from Tamra Ansel, grounds manager with the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. The design plan and herbaceous plants were donated by Davey, while shrubs and trees were purchased using a grant from Subaru of Ohio. A special cell phone tour has been established, too— Capitol Square visitors who dial (614)/466-4304 from a mobile device will be able to learn about this wonderful native pollinator garden.

High school students from the Knox County Career Center Landscape Design and Management Program, and organizations from throughout the state will be on hand to educate attendees about native plants, pollinators and related subjects. In the case of inclement weather, the location will be moved to the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. The event is free and open to the public.

About Pollinators
- In the U.S., pollination by honey bees, native bees and other insects produces $40 billion worth of products annually.
- Pollinators are responsible for one of every three bites of food we take.
- Many pollinators are listed on the federal endangered species list due to evidence of their disappearance in natural areas.
- Homeowners can support pollinators by growing attractive, easy-care native plants such as white fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus), sourwood tree (Oxydendrum arboreum), sweet pepper shrub (Clethra alnifolia), maple leaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium), butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), and blazing star (Liatris spicata).

About National Planting Day
National Planting Day is a Keep America Beautiful program now in its fourth year. The program encourages Americans to hold events supporting local ecosystems by planting native trees, shrubs and plants throughout the fall. For more information on National Planting Day or Keep Ohio Beautiful, contact Michael Mennett at (330)/338-8328 or mmennett@keepohiobeautiful.org.

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A Day of Remembrance on Capitol Square
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will commemorate the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 with a memorial flag display on the west lawn of the Ohio Statehouse. As part of the this day of remembrance, members of the Ohio Chapter of Bugles Across America and The Mt. Vernon Pipes (bagpipe band) will participate in a ceremony to honor the victims of the four attacks on that fateful Tuesday morning in 2001. Col. Tim Gorrell, U.S. Army Retired, director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services will participate and give closing remarks.

“The Sept. 11 attacks changed the lives of Americans forever and the lives of those around the world instantaneously. This memorial gives us the opportunity to mourn the lives lost that horrific day, and it gives us remembrance of the sacrifices of all Americans who have sought peace around the world ever since,” said CSRAB Chairman Chris Widener.

The musicians will perform to remember the 9/11 victims as the attacks unfolded:


  • 8:46 a.m. - American Airlines flight 11 strikes the north tower of the World Trade Center (WTC)

  • 9:03 a.m. - United Airlines flight 175 strikes the south tower of the WTC

  • 9:37 a.m. - American Airlines flight 77 strikes the Pentagon

  • 10:03 a.m. - United Airlines flight 93 crashes in Somerset County, PA



Since 2002 CSRAB has partnered with Hands on Central Ohio and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency to display the 2,999 U.S. Flags that comprise the memorial. The U.S. flags represent the 2,977 victims of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93. When seen from above, the design represents the World Trade Center towers, with a space in the shape of the Pentagon and an open strip representing the field in Pennsylvania. The memorial will be display on Capitol Square from Fri., Sept. 11 until Mon., Sept. 14.

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

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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 www.statehouseshop.com (click "Holiday");
-Visit the Statehouse Museum Shop on the ground floor of the Ohio
Statehouse;
-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 www.statehouseshop.com.

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 http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/about/general-information/parking/rates.


For more information about the Haunted Statehouse Tours, visit www.ohiostatehouse.org or contact 614/728-2130.

High resolution press images are available at: http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/events.

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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.

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

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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 www.ohiostatehouse.org. 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:
http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/summer-fridays-2014

A 30 second Public Service Announcement promoting the event can be viewed at:
http://www.ohiochannel.org/MediaLibrary/Media.aspx?fileId=146565

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.

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

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