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COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation (CSF) announce that the nomination process for the 2018 “Great Ohioans Award” is now open and the CSF is accepting nominations. The Great Ohioan 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. To be selected for the Great Ohioan Award, the nominee must have resided in Ohio for a minimum of five years. In addition, at least 25 years must have passed since the event in which the nominee participated is being commemorated. Nomination deadline is Friday, December 1, 2017.

 

Since 2003, 39 Great Ohioans have been recognized with the award for the special roles they played in history. Great Ohioan honorees and their achievements are archived in a permanent Great Ohioan exhibit, which is part of the Ohio Statehouse Museum. While countless Ohioans have performed great actions for their community and beyond, only a select few have been named a Great Ohioan. This 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 videos, photos, facts and web based technology to explore the life and legacy of each Great Ohioan. 

 

For more information on the Great Ohioan Award and to nominate an individual, please visit ohiostatehouse.org

 

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – In accordance with orders issued today by the President of the United States of America and to honor the victims of the attack perpetrated on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff effective immediately until sunset, October 6, 2017.

 

Governor Kasich’s order reads:

“In accordance with orders issued today by the President of the United States of America and to honor the victims of the attack perpetrated on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, I hereby proclaim, by the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Ohio by the Ohio Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flags of the United States of America and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the state of Ohio effective immediately until sunset, October 6, 2017.”

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Saturday, September 16, 2017 in honor of the life and service of Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Drake.

 

Governor Kasich’s order reads:

“In honor of the life and service of Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Drake, I hereby proclaim, by the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Ohio by the Ohio Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flags of the United States of America and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Champaign and Madison Counties and at the Ohio Statehouse on September 16, 2017 from sunrise to sunset.”

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – 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 Keep Ohio Beautiful Day at the Ohio Statehouse Wednesday, September 20, 2017. A variety of activities are planned at the Ohio Statehouse, including planting an Ohio Native Shade 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 on the Statehouse grounds in 2015.

 

Keep Ohio Beautiful 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 Bob Peterson will read to the second and third grade students. A program with remarks from representatives of the participating organizations is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

                   

The species included in the native shade garden were carefully selected by scientists at Davey with assistance from Tamra Ansel, asst. deputy director of grounds with CSRAB. The design plan and herbaceous plants were donated by Davey.

 

High school students from the Delaware Area Career Center and Ohio Hi-Point Career Center 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.

 

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Monday, September 11, 2017 in observance of Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

 

 

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Saturday, September 9, 2017 in honor of the life and service of former State Senate President Harry Meshel.

 

Governor Kasich’s order reads:

“In honor of the life and service of former State Senate President Harry Meshel, I hereby proclaim, by the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Ohio by the Ohio Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flags of the United States of America and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Mahoning County and at the Ohio Statehouse on September 9, 2017 from sunrise to sunset.”

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Calling all teachers! Would you like to know more about the educational opportunities the Ohio Statehouse can provide you and your classroom? Stop by the Statehouse Saturday, September 16, 2017 from noon to 3 p.m., to find out all Capitol Square has to offer! During this informal open house, staff from the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and partnering organizations will provide materials, information, and short presentations about their educational resources available to you and your students. Educators will have the opportunity to learn about tours, digital resources, lesson plans, programs, and more.

 

Don’t want to miss weekend time with your family? They’re welcome, too! There are many family-friendly activities available at the Statehouse on the weekends, including public tours, scavenger hunts, special exhibitions, and a hands-on museum.

 

The Ohio Statehouse is free to visit, and on-site parking is available in the Statehouse parking garage, weekend rates apply. If you plan to attend the Educator Open House at the Ohio Statehouse, please RSVP to Dayna Jalkanen at djalkanen@ohiostatehouse.org or 614-728-2697 by September 13, 2017.

 

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board has kicked off ticket sales for the 2017 edition of Haunted Statehouse Tours. The special Halloween tours will take place Fri., Oct. 20, Sat., Oct. 21, Fri., Oct. 27 and Sat., Oct. 28. Tickets for the Haunted Statehouse Tours are $12 for adults and $6 for children under the age of 12. This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be pre-ordered.

 

Tours will depart every half hour between 7 and 9 p.m. Tour times are: 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m. Tickets are limited to 40 individuals per tour start. The 2017 edition of the Haunted Statehouse Tours will feature recently found evidence of paranormal activity at the Ohio Capitol and will incorporate a new story or two with an updated tour route. This is a hot ticket on Capitol Square.

 

Tickets can be purchased three ways:

  • Online at statehouseshop.com
  • 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 Ohio Statehouse tour. Conductors will lead visitors through the dimly lit limestone corridors of the Ohio Statehouse by lantern. This historical tour is spooky and most appropriate for individuals nine and older.

 

Arrive early and write a “Ghost Post” to one of the Statehouse’s resident spirits, or enjoy art activities prior to your tour. The Statehouse Museum Shop will be open throughout the evening and will offer special Halloween merchandise available for purchase. More information is available at 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://bit.ly/1PE8g3k.

 

For more information about the Haunted Statehouse Tours, visit ohiostatehouse.org or contact 614-728-2130. High resolution press images are available at: http://bit.ly/2wantam.

 

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