STATEHOUSE NEWS


Submissions are now being accepted for the 2016 LEGO Design Challenge. Sponsoring partners are the Columbus Museum of Art, the Ohio History Connection, the Ohio Statehouse and the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington. This year’s challenge theme honors the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. This act has been instrumental in preserving the historic fabric of cities and neighborhoods all over the country.

Open to builders of all ages and experience levels, the challenge promotes the creative use of LEGO bricks to explore the history and future of architecture. Builders can create a structure based on something built 50 years ago, or what they imagine buildings might look like 50 years from now.

LEGO Design Challenge finalists will be chosen by a team of judges and the designs will be displayed at one of the four partnering organizations in an exhibit titled 50 Years Past, 50 Years Future. Dates for the exhibit are listed below.

Ohio History Connection: Nov. 9, 2016–Jan. 15, 2017
Columbus Museum of Art: Nov. 11, 2016–Feb. 26, 2017
Ohio Statehouse: Nov. 23, 2016–Jan. 30, 2017
McConnell Arts Center: Jan. 5, 2017–Mar. 5, 2017

Deadline for submission is Monday, September 26. For more details and submission guidelines, visit ohiohistory.org/legocontest.

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Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Henry D. and Carol B. Clark, Hermann Vorys, Fred Sands Family, Sayre Charitable, and James W. Overstreet funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. For additional information, call 614.221.6801 or visit columbusmuseum.org

Ohio History Connection
The Ohio History Connection, formerly the Ohio Historical Society, is a statewide history organization with the mission to spark discovery of Ohio’s stories. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered in 1885, the Ohio History Connection carries out history services for Ohio and its citizens focused on preserving and sharing the state’s history. This includes housing the state historic preservation office, the official state archives, and local history office and managing more than 50 sites and museums across Ohio. For additional information, call 614.297.2330 or visit ohiohistory.org/.

Ohio Statehouse
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is responsible for preserving the historic character of the Ohio Statehouse and Capitol Square, facilitating the operation of state government and protecting those who work in and visit the capitol complex. Additionally, CSRAB interprets the role of Ohio's Statehouse in national and Ohio history, celebrates its art and architecture and highlights its ongoing impact on the daily lives of Ohioans and, thereby, inspires all citizens to participate in state government. For additional information, call 614.728.2130 or visit ohiostatehouse.org.

Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center
The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington brings people together through experiences that spark learning and explore creative conversations in and outside of a contemporary, multidisciplinary facility presenting and promoting the performing, visual and digital arts. We change lives and make memories through creative arts experiences. For additional information, call 614.431.0329 or visit mcconnellarts.org
 
 
 

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board has kicked off ticket sales for the 2016 edition of Haunted Statehouse Tours. The special Halloween tours will take place Fri., Oct. 14, Sat., Oct. 15, Fri., Oct. 21 and Sat., Oct. 22. 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 2016 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 (click "Holiday");
-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 but appropriate for all members of the family. The tour is most suitable for individuals over the age of 12.

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/2bltTta.

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Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Monday, August 15, 2016 in honor of the life and service of former Congressman Steve LaTourette.
Governor Kasich’s order reads:

“In honor of the life and service of former Congressman Steve LaTourette, 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 Geauga, Lake and Cuyahoga Counties and at the Ohio Statehouse from sunrise to sunset on August 15, 2016."
 
 
 

Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Saturday, August 13, 2016 in honor of the life and service of Summit County Executive Russ Pry.
Governor Kasich’s order reads:

“In honor of the life and service, 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 Summit County and at the Ohio Statehouse from sunrise to sunset on August 13, 2016.”
 
 
 

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation (CSF) announced that 75 school transportation grants will be awarded to visit the Ohio Statehouse and its museum during the 2016-2017 academic year. The online application process will open Monday, September 12, 2016 at 9 a.m. The grants will be made available to help schools defray bus transportation costs to the Ohio Statehouse. Each grant will be based on one-way mileage from the visiting school to Columbus.

The program was created in 2009 by the Capitol Square Foundation. Since the program’s inception, more than 70,000 students from all 88 Ohio counties have visited the Ohio Statehouse with the help of this grant program. “The foundation is grateful for the continued support from Honda of America," said Charles Moses, Capitol Square Foundation Chairman. “We are thrilled that so many students can visit the Ohio Statehouse through this program!"

25 grants will be awarded in each of three mileage categories. The mileage categories are for a one-way trip from the visiting school to the Ohio Statehouse.

The three mileage categories include:

  • 1 to 50 miles, $200.00

  • 51 to 100 miles, $300.00

  • 101+ miles, $400.00



Each category will be closed once the 25 available grants have been awarded. All grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

"The transportation grant program provides thousands of Ohio school children with a learning experience here at the Ohio Statehouse," said Laura P. Clemens, CSRAB executive director. “This is the place to learn about the legislative process.” The school transportation grants will be available to any Ohio school that receives state funding. The grants are limited to Ohio students in the fourth through 12th grades during the 2016-2017 academic year. Only one transportation grant will be awarded to each school regardless of the number of buses or students visiting the Ohio Statehouse. A field trip to the Ohio Statehouse can be combined with visits to other educational attractions in downtown Columbus, including the Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery, Columbus Museum of Art, COSI and the Ohio Judicial Center.

Only online applications will be accepted. All applications must be submitted by an authorized teacher or school administrator. Applications will be accepted until every grant is awarded.

Detailed information about the program is available at: http://bit.ly/2aZia3Z

To view this press release and others, visit ohiostatehouse.org.

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Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from Monday, July 18 until Friday, July 22, 2016 as a mark of respect for the victims of the attack on police officers perpetrated on Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Governor Kasich’s order reads:

“In accordance with orders issued today by the President of the United States of America and as a mark of respect for the victims of the attack on police officers perpetrated on Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 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, July 22, 2016.”
 
 
 

Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Sunday, July 17, 2016 in honor of the life and service of former State Representative and Wayne County Commissioner Jim Carmichael.
Governor Kasich’s order reads:

“In honor of the life and service of former State Representative and Wayne County Commissioner Jim Carmichael, 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 Wayne County and at the Ohio Statehouse from sunrise to sunset on July 17, 2016
 
 
 

Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from Friday, July 15 until sunset Tuesday, July 19, in accordance with orders issued today by the President of the United States of America and as a mark of respect for the victims of the attack perpetrated on July 14, 2016, in Nice, France.

Governor Kasich’s order reads:
"In accordance with orders issued today by the President of the United States of America and as a mark of respect for the victims of the attack perpetrated on July 14, 2016, in Nice, France, 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, July 19, 2016.”
 
 
 
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