(COLUMBUS, OH) — Just in time for spring/summer travel planning, TourismOhio has launched to help travelers find their perfect Ohio road trips. The 10 road trips are based on themes with some routes highlighting major celebrations including the Lunar Landing 50th anniversary and the Cincinnati Reds’ 150th year. Other road trips provide adventures in family fun, cuisine, thriving cities, romance, outdoors, arts & culture and more.

The Ohio Statehouse is a stop on the Highway to History road trip. “Ohio’s Capitol is central to our history,” said Laura Battocletti, executive director of Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board. “We welcome all travelers to explore and enjoy the Ohio Statehouse as they visit the many historic sites of Ohio.”

“Ohio is located within a day’s drive of 60 percent of the U.S. population, and research tells us Ohio visitors are driving here from surrounding states,” said Matt MacLaren, director of TourismOhio. “We created to be a fun and easy way for families and friends to find experiences they can enjoy together.”

There are two ways to use The “Find All Trips” button allows the user to browse all 10 inspirational road trips individually. The second, and perhaps most fun, is to click the “Find Your Trip” button, take a short quiz and let the site recommend road trips based on responses to what the user wants to find in Ohio. features the following 10 themed road trips:
- Thriving Cities (Urban) - Foodie Fill-Up (Cuisine)
- To the Moon and Back (Space/Aviation) - Highway to History (History)
- Are We There Yet? (Family) - Rock, Ride and Explore (First-time visitor)
- The Scenic Route (Outdoors) - Culture Cruise (Culture)
- Lovers’ Lane (Romance) - Winning Drive (Sports)

The new site provides more than suggested attractions. It also shares insider tips - such as must-try eateries, distinctive lodging and more “along the way” information that transforms a drive into a truly memorable experience.

Join in the Ohio. Find It Here. road trips conversation and share photos by using #WorthTheDrive, #OhioFindItHere and #OhioStatehouse. For more travel inspiration, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Ohio Statehouse

Since 1996 the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) has preserved the historical and political heritage of the State of Ohio, the Ohio Statehouse and Capitol Square. CSRAB educates the tens of thousands of citizens that tour the Statehouse annually, facilitates the function of state government and protects the historical integrity of the Statehouse while at the same time, ensuring the safety of 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 Statehouse is handicapped accessible and senior friendly. Enjoy the Capitol Cafe and Statehouse Museum Shop. Convenient parking is available in the Capitol Square underground parking garage. For more information about Ohio Statehouse events, please, visit

About TourismOhio
TourismOhio, operating within the state of Ohio's Development Services Agency, works to ensure Ohio is positioned as a destination of choice, enriching lives through authentic travel experiences. The branding Ohio. Find It Here. supports Ohio's $44 billion tourism industry. For more, visit

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To honor the life and service of Spc. Joseph P. Collette, of Lancaster, Ohio, flags at the Ohio Statehouse and in Fairfield County will fly at half-staff effective immediately until sunset on the day of his funeral.

UPDATE: His funeral will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019. The flags shall remain at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Fairfield County and the Ohio Statehouse until sunset on that date (April 5).

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation today announce the recipients of the 2019 “Great Ohioan Award.” The 2019 honorees were presented by the Capitol Square Foundation and unanimously approved by the CSRAB this morning at the Board’s first meeting of 2019. The individuals were selected from nominations submitted by citizens and organizations from across Ohio.

The 2019 Great Ohioan awardees are: President Rutherford B. Hayes, Union veteran, Congressman, Governor of Ohio and President of the United States of America, and William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy, professional baseball player, baseball innovator and advocate for the deaf community.

“I believe President Hayes and Mr. Hoy embody the spirit of the Great Ohioan Award and will serve to inspire future generations of Ohio leaders; they represent the great wealth of talent that the Buckeye State has produced,” said Senator Bob Peterson, Chairman of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board.

President Rutherford B. Hayes biography.
William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy biography.

“Through their accomplishments, each Great Ohioan has changed the trajectory of the State of Ohio, the United States and the world. We hope that every Statehouse visitor is inspired by the life and accomplishments of each one of the men and women who have been recognized with this honor,” said Capitol Square Foundation Chairman Charles Moses.

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.

Since 2003, 44 Great Ohioans have been recognized with the award for the special roles they played in history. “Both individuals have left their mark on Ohio and the nation; President Hayes and Mr. Hoy have earned the title of Great Ohioan,” said Laura P. Battocletti, CSRAB executive director.


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.

Opened in 2009, the Ohio Statehouse Museum features high-tech, interactive exhibits that make learning about state government immersive. The museum is packed with historical artifacts and images that detail how government works and who has come to serve their fellow citizens. The new Ohio Constitution exhibit utilizes the original 1802 and 1851 Ohio Constitutions, in conjunction with visitor-interactive displays, to answer the questions, what is the Ohio constitution, what does it do and how does it impact Ohioans in the 21st century?

The Museum includes 5,000 square feet of exhibit space on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse that enriches the experience of school children and visitors. The Museum offers exhibits that encourage visitors to participate in the government process by making choices, expressing their opinions, comparing viewpoints and even becoming a part of an exhibit by giving a State of the State address. The museum’s “deep dive” approach to education enables visitors to better relate to the governing process.

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To honor the life and legacy of former Representative John Dingell, Jr., flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff effective immediately until sunset Saturday, February 9, 2019 .

In honor of the life and service of Clermont County Sheriff’s Detective Bill Brewer, flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff effective February 3 and will remain at half-staff through sunset on February 8, 2019.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a special art exhibit and free historical performance each Tuesday at noon.

The 2018 Rosa Parks Children’s Art Exhibit, “The Power of One,” is a K-third grade student art exhibit sponsored by COTA. The exhibit is the students’ artistic expression of how they would change things for the better. Rosa Parks is honored because through her act of courage, she helped make America a better place for all people. Students were asked what would you do if you had a chance…To do a brave thing? A courageous thing? A kind thing? If nothing stood in your way, what would you do to change America and make it a better place for all people? The exhibit will be on display in the Map Room throughout the month of February.

The Voices of BGSU will perform live Friday, February 15 at noon in the Museum Gallery of the Ohio Statehouse. This award-winning a cappella group will perform a concert of spirituals and is comprised of undergraduate students from Bowling Green State University.

Living history performances will be presented each Tuesday at noon throughout February in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse. Visitors will meet first-person interpreters who portray prominent African Americans in U.S. history. Each 45-minute vignette will focus on African-American history as part of Black History Month at the Ohio Statehouse.

The programs are presented by “We’ve Known Rivers,” which is a partnership of dynamic storytellers with a passion for history and education. The programs are free and open to the public. Click here for more information about We’ve Known Rivers. The programs will be streamed live by the Ohio Channel. If you or your organization would like to schedule a group to attend a performance, please contact Katie Montgomery at 614-728-3726 or

Scheduled living history performances include:

Feb 5- “Phyllis Wheatley,” portrayed by Sandra Quick
Feb 12- “John Parker,” portrayed by Anthony Gibbs
Feb 19- “Henry ‘Box’ Brown,” portrayed by Rory Rennick
Feb 26- “George Washington Williams,” portrayed by Anthony Gibbs

Watch past living history presentations here.

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In honor of the life and service of Colerain Township Police Officer Dale Woods, flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on the day of his internment.

In commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day, flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff effective December 7 and will remain at half-staff through sunset on December 30, 2018 in continued honor of the life and service of former President George H.W. Bush.
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