For the eight consecutive year, the West Lawn (High Street) of the Ohio Statehouse will host vintage “base ball” (historically two words), as members of the 132nd Ohio General Assembly (OGA) take on the Ohio Village Muffins Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Reminiscent of barnstorming tours of yesteryear, the “titanic 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.

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, the Capitol Square Foundation and the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A.

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Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff to honor the life and service of former First Lady Barbara Bush, effective immediately through the day of interment.

Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset April 19, 2018, in honor of the life and service of Vandalia Police Chief Doug Knight.

Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will meet Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. The business meeting will be held in the State Room (room #108) and will begin at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda is available upon request.


The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will commemorate the 153rd anniversary of the repose of President Abraham Lincoln in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda on Monday, April 30, 2018. 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 10:00 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. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the Ohio Statehouse like few Ohioans have.

In conjunction with the repose of Lincoln, the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A will hold the 2018 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, cooking and medical practices. Cannon firings will occur every hour from 9 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 27 - May 1, 2018
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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Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Friday, March 2, 2018, in honor of the life of Reverend Billy Graham.

Happy birthday, Ohio! Head to the Ohio Statehouse for a celebration 215 years in the making Sunday, March 4 from 12 to 3 p.m. Attendees will participate in art projects, experience an Ohio symbols Statehouse tour, and enjoy a game of Statehouse bingo as you explore Capitol Square. Also, organizations from across the Capital City and the State of Ohio will be on hand offering activities, travel information and educational exhibits.

Event schedule and location:
12 – 3 p.m. Museum Gallery, Statehouse bingo
Pick up a Statehouse bingo card to complete while you explore the Ohio Capitol. Everyone who gets bingo on their card wins a party favor!

12 - 3 p.m. Map Room, Guided Tours
45 minute public Statehouse tours will begin at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
30 minute “Symbols of the State” tours will begin at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

12 - 3 p.m. Atrium, Activities
Create a party favor bag and join in activities from community partners!

2 - 3 p.m. Rotunda, Birthday Treats
Join us for snacks and merriment! Test your knowledge of Ohio with trivia and prizes while enjoying birthday treats.

This family-friendly event is the perfect way to enjoy a day downtown on Capitol Square. This event is free and open to the public! Affordable on-site parking is available in the Ohio Statehouse parking garage.

Community event partners include:
-Franklinton Historical Society -Franklin Park Conservatory
-Hilliard Historical Society -McKinley Presidential Library & Museum
-Ohio Attorney General’s Office -Ohio Secretary of State’s Office
-Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museum -TourismOhio

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Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff until sunset February 19, 2018, to honor the victims of the attack perpetrated on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida.
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