STATEHOUSE NEWS


file photo by CSRAB staff
In accordance with the orders issued by the President and Governor, in honoring the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, the flags of the United States and State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio beginning at midnight Friday through October 16, 2021.
 
 
 

Ohio Statehouse Haunted Tours Apparition in Doorway
(COLUMBUS, OH) – The Statehouse Museum Shop has tickets available for the Statehouse Haunted Tour for the next two weekends. The Shop also features a sale on Halloween merchandise in October.

Tickets for the special Halloween tours can be purchased for Fri., Oct. 15, Sat., Oct. 16, Fri., Oct. 22 and Sat., Oct. 23. Tickets for the Statehouse Haunted Tours are $13 for adults and $7 for students age 12 to 17. This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be pre-ordered.

Tickets can be purchased three ways:
Online at StatehouseShop.com
Visit the Statehouse Museum Shop on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse
Purchase by calling 614-728-9234

On Oct. 15 and Oct. 16, tour times are: 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m. On Oct. 22 and Oct. 23, tour times are: 7, 7:30, 8, and 8:30. Tickets are limited to 35 individuals per tour start. Please be aware that some times are sold out.

The 2021 edition of the Haunted Statehouse Tours will feature recorded evidence of paranormal activity at the Ohio Capitol and has a brand new tour route. 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 twelve and older.

Before your tour, visit the Statehouse Museum Shop, where Halloween merchandise is 50% off in October. The sale applies to in-stock items only and does not include Statehouse Haunted Tour tickets. See Shop for details and exclusions.

For more information about the Haunted Statehouse Tours, visit OhioStatehouse.org or contact 614-728-4185. High resolution press images are available at http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/haunted-tours-photos .
 
 
 

(COLUMBUS, OH) — Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will meet Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. The business meeting will be held in the State Room (room #108) and will begin at 10:00 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda is available upon request.

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Paleontologist Mark Peter, ODNR Division of Geological Survey
(Columbus, OH)—The Ohio Statehouse will celebrate National Fossil Day, October 13, 2021 by offering a FREE fossil tour on Capitol Square. The special tour will take place Wednesday, Oct. 13 from noon until 1 p.m. Expert geologists will explore the limestone walls, stairs and columns that support the Ohio Statehouse. Visitors will discover fossils of ancient sea creatures.

The tour will start in the Map Room, located on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse. The tour will be conducted by Dale M. Gnidovic, Curator of the OSU Orton Geological Museum; Mike Angle, State Geologist at ODNR Division of Geological Survey; and Mark Peter, Paleontologist at ODNR Division of Geological Survey. While the event is free, participants are asked to RSVP to Katie Montgomery by Tuesday, Oct. 12 at kmontgomery@ohiostatehouse.org or 614-728-3726.

Each visitor will receive a free copy of the booklet, Statehouse Fossils: A Guide to Fossils of the Ohio Capitol, by Mark E. Peter. An informative poster of Fossils of the Columbus Limestone is for sale at the Statehouse Museum Shop.

National Fossil Day is an annual celebration of geology. It occurs during Earth Science Week every year. These celebrations encourage young people to explore careers in earth science, and engage everyone in the importance of our resources and environment.

Photos are available on the Ohio Statehouse website. http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/geology-fossil-tour

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2019 game photo
Update: 2021 photos will be posted on this website: http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/vintage-base-ball-2021

For the tenth year, the West Lawn (High Street side) of the Ohio Statehouse will host vintage “base ball” (historically two words), as members of the 134th Ohio General Assembly (OGA) take on the Ohio Village Muffins and Lady Diamonds, Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Reminiscent of the era when the 1861 Ohio Statehouse had been recently completed, the historic game begins at 5:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The two teams will be fighting for bragging rights and the coveted 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 spent in camp.

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 bounce, 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 OGA Capitol Cannons host the Ohio Village Muffins and Diamonds in an exhibition vintage base ball game. Come early and enjoy an outdoor meal. Concessions will be available from the Paddy Wagon food truck and Milo’s Catering.

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 for men and for women, 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. More information about the Muffins and the Diamonds can be found here.

Support for this event is provided by the Ohio Lobbying Association, the Ohio Village Muffins and Diamonds, and the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A.

To view photos of the 2019 game at the Ohio Statehouse, visit http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/vintage-base-ball-2019
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Photo of 2019 Haunted Tour
Update: The last tour at 9 p.m. on the last days, Oct. 22 and Oct. 23, 2021 will not be available.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board kicked off ticket sales for the 2021 edition of the Statehouse Haunted Tours. The special Halloween tours will take place Fri., Oct. 15; Sat., Oct. 16; Fri., Oct. 22 and Sat., Oct. 23. Tickets for the Statehouse Haunted Tours are $13 for adults and $7 for students age 12 to 17. 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 35 individuals per tour start. The 2021 edition of the Statehouse Haunted Tours will feature smaller groups and an entirely new tour route through the darkened halls of the building.

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
A processing fee of $2 will be applied to the entire order.

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 twelve 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 and snacks 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 ohiostatehouse.org/about/general-information/parking/rates.


For more information about the Statehouse Haunted Tours, visit ohiostatehouse.org or contact 614-728-4185. High resolution press images are available at ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/haunted-statehouse-tours-2018.

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file photo 2021
Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will be at half-staff September 11, 12 and 13, 2021.

September 11, 2021



In honor of the lives lost in the terrorist attacks that occurred 20 years ago, on September 11, 2001, 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 from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2021.

Furthermore, Governor DeWine asks that all Ohioans observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time to honor the innocent Americans and people from around the world who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2021.

September 12 and 13, 2021



In honor of the life and service of Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Erie County, at the Ohio Statehouse, the Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes State Office Tower until sunset on September 3, 2021, and on the day(s) of his viewing and funeral. All other public buildings and grounds throughout Ohio may fly the flags at half-staff at their discretion for the same time.

Related Note: See a 9/11 flag display on the Statehouse lawn through noon on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.
 
 
 

New photo 9-9-2021

Update: Watch the event video at https://www.ohiochannel.org/video/ohio-statehouse-20th-anniversary-911flag-memorial

Photos available: After the installation, CSRAB posted overhead photos of the flag display on our website, http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/flags-for-9-11-in-2021. More photos will be posted soon.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 with a memorial flag display on the west lawn of the Ohio Statehouse. A short program will begin Thursday, September 9 at 4 p.m. on the west steps of the Ohio Statehouse and will feature remarks from Governor Mike DeWine and others. After the program, volunteers from across central Ohio will install the 2,977 flags that comprise the memorial.

The Ohio Statehouse has been the venue for the annual 9/11 memorial from 2002 through 2019. The flags represent the 2,977 victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks 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. Located on the West Lawn of the Ohio Statehouse, the memorial will be open to the public from 7 p.m. Thursday, September 9 until 12 p.m. Monday, September 13.

The September 9 program will include brief remarks by several dignitaries including:

Director Deborah Ashenhurst, Ohio Department of Veterans Services
Senator Hearcel Craig, Ohio Senate District 15, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board
Governor Mike DeWine
Central Ohio District Director Jason Knox for U.S. Senator Rob Portman
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose
Franklin County Commissioner Erica C. Crawley, and
Columbus Fire Chief Jeffrey Happ

The flag display is a memorable and moving scene on the Ohio Statehouse lawn. The volunteers installing the flags include firefighter recruits from the Columbus Fire Training Academy, employees of COTA and the State of Ohio, veterans and many individuals. The flags will be checked daily by volunteers.

Note: After the installation, CSRAB will post an overhead photo of the flag display on our website, http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/flags-for-9-11-in-2021.

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