The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and Capitol Square Foundation are seeking nominations for the 2015 class of “Great Ohioans.” The 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. 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 or

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 Monday, December 1, 2014. 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 2015.

Since 2003, 30 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.

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. The Capitol Square Foundation has raised more than $5 million in private donations for the new museum and enhanced education programming at the Ohio Statehouse.

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 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.


In partnership with the State of Ohio Combined Charitable Campaign (CCC) the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will host the first
CCC FootGolf Statehouse Open Thursday, September 25. The fundraiser will begin with opening remarks at 10:15 a.m. on the West Plaza, with a flintlock start at 10:30 a.m.

Participants will play FootGolf on the nine-hole course set up on the Ohio Statehouse grounds. Contact Nancy Henry ( 614/752-7298 or to reserve a tee time between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. A minimum $5 donation will be accessed to play with all funds being donated to the State of Ohio CCC. Win prizes for the lowest score and closest to the pin—prizes have been donated by the American FootGolf League. Soccer balls will be limited, so if at all possible, please bring your own soccer ball. This event is free and open to the public. For American FootGolf League rules and detailed information on FootGolf, please, visit

Local food trucks will be on site to feed the hungry masses. Grab a bite and play a round of golf on Capitol Square Thursday, September 25!


The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) in partnership with Keep Ohio Beautiful will celebrate National Planting Day Tuesday, September 23, 2014, by planting native Ohio plants at the Ohio Statehouse.

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 South Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., to beautify the grounds with Ohio native plants by planting an Ohio Native Butterfly Forage Garden. The event will be kicked off by a book reading involving preschool children from Children First Child Care.

In Ohio, native plants and wildlife are losing ground to suburbanization and fragmented habitats. However, natives are critical to sustaining the state’s environment as they are the best sources of food and habitat for pollinators and other important wildlife. Native plants are hardy, and require lower maintenance and less water than other ornamentals.

“When we plant Ohio native species on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse we are also establishing a learning environment for the nearly 80,000 school children that visit the complex each year,” said William E. Carleton, executive director, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board.

Michael Mennett, executive director, Keep Ohio Beautiful will be joined by Keep Ohio Beautiful state affiliates; Ohio legislators; William Carleton, executive director, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board; Tamra Ansel, grounds supervisor, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board; Su Lok, director of corporate and community partnerships, Scotts Miracle-Gro; Becky Lyons, chief operating officer, Keep America Beautiful; Dan Weisenbach, president, Keep Ohio Beautiful; and Greg Snowden, Davey Resource Group, a division of The Davey Tree Expert Co.

The species included in the butterfly forage garden were carefully selected by scientists at Davey with assistance from Tamra Ansel, grounds manager with the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. The plants were donated by Arcola Creek Nursery in Lake County and Dayton Nursery. A special cell phone tour has been established, too— Capitol Square visitors who dial (614)/728-8756 from a mobile device will be able to learn about this wonderful butterfly forage garden.

High school students from the Tolles Career & Technical Center will be planting, and organizations from throughout the state will be on hand to educate attendees about native plants. In the case of inclement weather, the location will be moved to the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.

About National Planting Day
National Planting Day is a Keep America Beautiful program now in its third year. The organization holds its national celebration on September 6, and 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

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Haunted Statehouse Tour
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board has kicked off ticket sales for the 2014 Haunted Statehouse Tours. The special Halloween tours will take place on Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18; and Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25. 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 "Seasonal");
-By visiting the Statehouse Museum Shop on the ground floor of the Ohio
-Or purchasing over the phone by calling 614/728-9234.
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 2014 edition of the Haunted Statehouse Tours will feature new stories and an updated tour route that frames the Ohio Statehouse in a more formidable light.

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

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

High resolution press images are available at:

To view this press release and others, visit

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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and Capitol Square Foundation will provide 105 school transportation grants to visit the Ohio Statehouse and its museum during the 2014-2015 academic year. The online application process will open at 9 a.m. Wednesday, September 17. 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 70,000 students from all 88 Ohio counties have visited the Ohio Statehouse with the help of this grant program. “We are grateful for the support from Honda of America and the Walmart Foundation," said Charles Moses, Capitol Square Foundation Chairman. "We’re thrilled that so many young people will now have the opportunity to visit the Ohio Statehouse during this school year."

A total of 105 grants will be awarded: 35 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 inspiring and 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 35 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 2014-2015 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 Columbus Museum of Art, COSI and the Ohio Judicial Center.

Once the application process opens Wednesday, September 17—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.

Detailed information about the program is available at:

To view this press release and others, visit

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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) offer a free electronic newsletter available to Ohio Statehouse fans in the “Buckeye State” and around the globe by signing-up through the CSRAB web site, Individuals interested in the Ohio Statehouse are encouraged to subscribe to receive a monthly e-newsletter which details Ohio Statehouse promotions, events and information. The mailing list sign-up page is available at under the “News” and “Quick Links” tabs.

The Ohio Statehouse will notify subscribers of important Statehouse news, events and information with its monthly electronic newsletter, “This Month at the People’s House.” Individuals are encouraged to sign up for this free service and be among the thousands of citizens to receive the latest information about Ohio Statehouse events and promotions.

Individuals will be able to unsubscribe at any time. Email addresses will not be disclosed, passed on or sold to any other party.

For more information about the Ohio Statehouse, please, visit

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Art by Christy; Image courtesy of the Library of Congress
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I with an exhibit of American recruitment posters from the Great War titled “America Mobilizes for War.” The exhibit will run Monday, July 28, through Friday, August 29, 2014 in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse. CSRAB— in coordination with the “The United States World War One Centennial Commission” and the commission’s Ohio working group—developed the exhibit to highlight the United States’ involvement in the Great War and to commemorate the war that changed the trajectory of the 20th century and ultimately led to further global conflict 21 years later.

“The Ohio Statehouse is committed to the goal of the commission to educate citizens on the causes and outcomes of World War I. I must say, the current confrontations in Eastern Europe and the Middle East have roots in the First World War; today’s world was forged by the hammer of the Great War,” said William Carleton, CSRAB executive director.

World War I started when Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia July 28, 1914, setting in motion a series of events that would ultimately engulf the world in war.

The Central Powers consisted of the German Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the beginning of the war. The Ottoman Empire joined the Central Powers later in 1914. In 1915, the Kingdom of Bulgaria joined the alliance.

The Entente or Allied Powers were comprised of the French Republic, the British Empire and the Russian Empire prior to 1917. In 1917 the Allied Powers expanded to include the Unites States of America, Italy and Japan. More information on the centennial celebration and “The United States World War One Centennial Commission” can be found at

Visit the Ohio Statehouse to commemorate the start of the World War I centennial and explore the posters that helped mobilize the United States for war in April of 1917. For more information about the Ohio Statehouse, please, visit

Images courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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July 23, 2014

Ohio State Fair 1900
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) invites visitors to the 161st Ohio State Fair to extend their visit to the capital city and explore Capitol Square and the Ohio Statehouse.

The Ohio Statehouse kicked off fair festivities Tuesday (July 22) with a performance by the All-Ohio State Fair Band on the West Plaza of Capitol Square. Additionally, all 88 Ohio county flags will fly on Ohio Veterans Plaza throughout the Ohio State Fair that runs from July 23 to August 3, 2014.

Statehouse visitors will also see three models of State Fairs past on display in the Museum Gallery located on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse. The historical models depict the first fair held in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1850, the 50th fair held in Columbus, Ohio and the 100th fair, again, held in Columbus, Ohio. An interesting historical note, from 1850 to 1885 the fair was held in a number of Ohio cities—location of note are Cleveland, Cincinnati, Mansfield, Newark, Sandusky, Springfield, Toledo and Zanesville. In 1886 the Ohio State Fair was moved to its current home, the 360 acre Ohio Expo Center.

“The Ohio Statehouse and the Ohio State Fair are two beloved institutions in the ‘Buckeye State.’ There is no better way to connect with your inner Buckeye than to visit the Ohio State Fair, where the accomplishments of Ohio’s citizens are on display, and the Ohio Statehouse, where those citizens send their political proxies to work on their behalf,” said William Carleton, CSRAB executive director.

For more information about the Ohio Statehouse, please, visit

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