Ohio Statehouse flags at half-staff
In honor of the lives of the victims of the attack perpetrated on August 4, 2019, in the Oregon District in Dayton, Ohio, the flags shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio effective immediately until further notice.

The Gold Star Banner recognizes Ohioans who died during military operations
In honor of the life and service of Private First Class Brandon J. Kreischer, of Stryker, Ohio, the flags shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Williams County, the Ohio Statehouse, the Verne Riffe Center, and the Rhodes State Office Tower today, and will remain until sunset on the day of his funeral.

Statehouse flags half-staff
In honor of the life and legacy of former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S., John Paul Stevens, the flags shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio from sunrise to sunset on his day of interment, July 23, 2019.

Team Photo - 2018
(Columbus, OH) –For the ninth consecutive year, the West Lawn (High Street) of the Ohio Statehouse will host vintage “base ball” (historically two words), as members of the 133rd Ohio General Assembly (OGA) take on the Ohio Village Muffins Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Reminiscent of barnstorming tours of yesteryear, the “epic struggle” 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 all-important 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 bound, 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 in an exhibition vintage base ball game. Come early and enjoy a ball park dinner. Concessions will be provided by 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, 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 can be found here.

Support for this event is provided by the Ohio Lobbying Association, the Ohio Village Muffins, and the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A.
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Ohio Statehouse Flags
The flags at the Ohio Statehouse and all public buildings in Ohio fly at half staff, June 1 through sunset June 4, 2019, in honor of the victims of the tragedy in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Phase 1 Closures in Yellow
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will begin the Ohio Statehouse parking garage repair project Monday, May 13, 2019. The garage renovations have an estimated completion date of late summer 2020.

The Ohio Statehouse Garage is a three level parking structure that was built in 1964. The last restoration project was completed in 1993 during the Statehouse renovations. The parking garage is U-shaped with nine stair towers and four elevators located throughout.

The garage services both daily and monthly parking customers, accommodating approximately 1,200 vehicles daily.

Work on Phase 1 is slated to begin in May. During the repairs, the garage will remain in service, however at a reduced capacity. Approximately 25% or 300 spaces will be under construction throughout the entire project.

During construction, traffic flow will be maintained, and access to each level will be provided. The first phase of the project will include structural repairs, mechanical and electrical systems upgrades, along with the addition of a new waterproofing membrane. The entrances to the Rhodes Tower, Broad Street and High Street Elevators and Stairwells will be unavailable beginning Monday, May 13, 2019.

This is a tentative schedule--many variables can impact the timing of a construction project—this schedule may change. A map and more information about the Ohio Statehouse parking garage repair project can be found at Please, contact Mike Rupert at or 614-728-4185 for project specific questions.

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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will commemorate the 154th anniversary of the repose of President Abraham Lincoln in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda on Monday, April 29, 2019. The day will begin with the dedication of a historic flag, and will include a replica casket, an exhibit, honor guards, Civil War reenactors and cannon firings.

CSRAB will commemorate the return of a 36-Star flag that flew over Capitol Square during the repose of President Abraham Lincoln, on April 29, 1865. The flag originally was presented to David Nevin Murray of Portsmouth, Ohio, for his contributions to the war effort on behalf of the Union Army during the American Civil War. Murray’s descendants, the Van Tilburg family, donated the historic flag to the Ohio History Connection. In conjunction with the 154th anniversary of the repose of President Lincoln, the flag will be displayed in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on April 29, and will return after further conservation work is completed. The 9 a.m. dedication ceremony is open to the public and will be live streamed at
The 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A, a group of Civil War re-enactors, will provide an honor guard for the replica of Lincoln’s casket from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Batesville Casket Company created the 1865 casket for Lincoln, and has generously provided an accurate replica for this event. This will take place on the site where the slain President lay in repose in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda on April 29, 1865.

In conjunction with the repose of Lincoln, the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A will hold the 2019 Civil War Encampment at Ohio Statehouse. Learn what camp life was like during the Civil War. Walk among soldiers’ tents, see how to fire the cannon and help the Ladies Aid Society deliver comfort to the troops. Historical re-enactors from the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A, along with other partnering organizations, will demonstrate Civil War life, music, food and medical practices. Cannon firings will occur periodically from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the West Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse.
On the morning of April 29, 1865 the body of slain President Abraham Lincoln was laid in repose at the Ohio Statehouse. From 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. an estimated 50,000 Ohioans paid their respects to the “Savior of the Union.”
The train that carried the president’s body, referred to as the “Lincoln Funeral Train” traveled more than 1,600 miles, and during the 13-day trip, one third of the population of the United States witnessed the train pass through their community, including Columbus, Ohio.


The Lincoln Funeral Train in Pictures and Photos
April 26 – April 30, 2019
Ohio Statehouse North Hallway, 1 Capitol Square, downtown Columbus

This photography exhibit begins with the assassination of our nation’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln; it follows his funeral train route from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois, and focuses on how he was honored at each stop. This exhibit will bring to life one of those stops—the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus—where nearly 50,000 citizens paid their respects. Reproduction images are courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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The Capitol Square Review & Advisory Board (CSRAB) meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2019 has been moved to Thursday, May 23, 2019. Members of the CSRAB will meet in the State Room (room #108) and will begin at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda will be available upon request.

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