The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and Capitol Square Foundation are seeking nominations for the 2017 class of “Great Ohioans.” The award celebrates Ohioans who have played a significant role in an event, or series of events, of lasting significance in world, American or Ohio history. Additional criteria include being born in Ohio or lived in Ohio for a minimum of five years. At least 25 years must have passed since the commemorated event, in which the nominee participated.
This award is an opportunity to recognize Ohioans who have made an impact in a number of important areas. A complete explanation of the nomination process and nomination forms can be found online at http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/museum/great-ohioans
All Ohioans, including teachers and students, are encouraged to participate in the nomination process.
Great Ohioan nomination categories include:
Deadline for nominations is Monday, December 12, 2016.
- government/military/public service/religion
The Capitol Square Foundation may select up to three nominees to submit for selection to the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, the administrative agency of the Ohio Statehouse. The Great Ohioan Award recipients will be announced and recognized in early 2017.
Since 2003, 30 Great Ohioans have been recognized with the award for the special roles they played in history. The Great Ohioans include;
Orville and Wilbur Wright, inventors; John Glenn, first American to orbit the earth; and Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon;
Jesse Owens, Olympic track and field star; Thomas Edison, inventor; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author; James Thurber, journalist and author; Colonel Charles Young, military leader; and Dr. George Crile, founder of the Cleveland Clinic;
Catherine Nelson Black, health care humanitarian; Salmon P. Chase, Ohio Governor, Secretary of the Treasury and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice; Paul Laurence Dunbar, poet and author; Charles F. Kettering, inventor; Eddie Rickenbacker, World War I fighter ace; and Denton T. “Cy” Young, baseball legend.
James M. Cox, journalist, member of the United States House of Representatives, Ohio Governor; Florence Ellinwood Allen, first woman Ohio Supreme Court Justice; Bob Feller, baseball legend; and Bill Willis, National Football League hall of famer.
Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War General and U.S. President; William Moore McCulloch, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, U.S. Congressman and civil rights advocate; William Howard Taft, U.S. President and U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice; and Harriet Taylor Upton, women’s rights advocate and author.
Gordon Battelle, philanthropist and researcher; Dominic Salavtore “Don” Gentile, World War II fighter pilot; Washington Gladden, clergyman and social reformer; Albert Belmont Graham, founder of the 4-H program; Albert Sabin, medical researcher best known for the oral polio vaccine; and William T. Sherman, Civil War general.
James Abram Garfield, scholar, Civil War General and U.S. President; Granville T. Wood, entrepreneur and inventor; Paul Brown, professional football innovator, coach and executive.
Annie Oakley, superstar sharpshooter and educator, and Jerri Mock, first woman to fly around the world.
Agnes Meyer Driscoll, groundbreaking cryptographer and leader in the field of intelligence and national security; Rufus Putnam, American Revolutionary War General, surveyor and co-founder of the Ohio Company.
Jack William Nicklaus, retired American professional golfer; John Davison Rockefeller Sr., American industrialist and philanthropist; Potter Stewart, U.S. Supreme Court justice.
A special exhibit in the Ohio Statehouse Museum pays tribute to all Great Ohioan Award recipients. On a large touch screen, a host of options are available for visitors to explore the life and accomplishments of each recipient. While countless Ohioans have performed great actions for their community and beyond, only a select few have been named a “Great Ohioan.” The 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.
Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Wedensday, October 5, 2016 in honor of the life and service of former State Representative Charles Brading.
Governor Kasich’s order reads:
“In honor of the life and service of former State Representative Charles Brading, 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 Auglaize County and at the Ohio Statehouse from sunrise to sunset on October 5, 2016.”
Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff effective immediately until sunset Friday, September 30, as a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel.
Governor Kasich’s order reads:
“In accordance with orders issued by the President of the United States of America and as a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel, 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, September 30, 2016.”
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) in partnership with Keep Ohio Beautiful
will celebrate the power of pollinators to support nature and agriculture as part of Keep Ohio Beautiful Day at the Ohio Statehouse Wednesday, September 28, 2016. The event will also will commemorate the 30th anniversary of Keep Ohio Beautiful as a Keep America Beautiful affiliate. A variety of activities are planned at the Ohio Statehouse, including planting an Ohio Native Pollinator Garden, designed by scientists at The Davey Tree Expert Co. In addition to attracting a variety of pollinators, this garden will provide nectar sources for the beehive on the Statehouse grounds.
Keep Ohio Beautiful Day celebrates the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities. To commemorate this day, Keep Ohio Beautiful
will host a public educational event at the North Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The event will be kicked off by an interactive pollinator educational program with students from Annehurst Elementary (Westerville, Ohio) presented by senior entomologists from Scotts Miracle-Gro. Following the presentation, Senator Bob Peterson will read to the first and second grade students. A program with remarks from representatives of the participating organizations is scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m.
The species included in the native pollinator garden were carefully selected by Ken Christenson, senior biologist for Davey Resource Group and Tamra Ansel, assistant deputy director for grounds with CSRAB. The design plan and herbaceous plants were donated by Davey.
High school students from the Knox County Career Center Landscape Design and Management Program, and organizations from throughout the state will be on hand to educate attendees about native plants, pollinators and related subjects. In the case of inclement weather, the location will be moved to the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda. The event is free and open to the public.
- In the U.S., pollination by honey bees, native bees and other insects produces $40 billion worth of products annually.
- Pollinators are responsible for one of every three bites of food we take.
- Many pollinators are listed on the federal endangered species list due to evidence of their disappearance in natural areas.
- Homeowners can support pollinators by growing attractive, easy-care native plants such as white fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus), sourwood tree (Oxydendrum arboreum), sweet pepper shrub (Clethra alnifolia), maple leaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium), butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), and blazing star (Liatris spicata).
About Keep Ohio Beautiful
Keep Ohio Beautiful, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, believes that everyone deserves to live in an environment that is healthy, safe, clean and beautiful. As a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Ohio Beautiful serves as Ohio’s umbrella organization for our local 35+ affiliate organizations in numerous Ohio communities. By providing a strong support system and the sharing of best practices, Keep Ohio Beautiful enables volunteers in communities throughout Ohio to improve waste handling practices, litter prevention, recycling, beautification and community greening efforts. Website: keepohiobeautiful.org
; Twitter: Ohiobeautiful ; Facebook: KeepOhioBeautiful
Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Thursday, September 22, 2016 in honor of the life and service of State Highway Patrol Trooper Kenneth Velez.
Governor Kasich’s order reads:
“In honor of the life and service of State Highway Patrol Trooper Kenneth Velez, 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 Lorain County on September 21, 2016 and throughout the state of Ohio on September 22, 2016 from sunrise to sunset.”
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board will host a panel discussion and book signing Thursday, October 13, 2016, at 12 p.m. in the Museum Gallery of the Ohio Statehouse. The event will feature Kyle Kondik, the managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball
, and Pulitzer-nominated journalist Ronald G. Shafer. The panel discussion will be moderated by Tom Suddes, a journalist and Assistant Professor for the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. The trio will discuss the presidential election of 1840 and the special role Ohio plays in the U.S. presidential election every four years. Following the discussion both authors will sign copies of their most recent works in the Map Room of the Ohio Statehouse.
Kondik is the author of The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President.
He currently serves as the managing editor at Sabato’s Crystal Ball
, a nonpartisan political newsletter produced by the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Since 1896, Ohio voters have failed to favor the next president only twice (in 1944 and 1960). Time after time, Ohio has found itself in the thick of the presidential race, and 2016 is shaping up to be no different. What about the Buckeye State makes it so special? In The Bellwether
, Kondik blends data-driven research and historical documentation to explain why Ohio is essential to the 2016 election and beyond. More information about Kondik and The Bellwether
can be found here: http://bit.ly/2965o0A
Shafer’s work, The Carnival Campaign: How the Rollicking 1840 Campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” Changed Presidential Elections Forever,
digs deep to find the seeds of the modern election cycle in the colorful battle between sitting president Martin Van Buren, a longstanding member of the New York Democratic machine, and upstart William Henry Harrison, a military hero who earned the nickname “Old Tippecanoe” from a battlefield where he fought and won in 1811. Harrison’s Whig Party strategists conducted the first image campaign, painting him as an everyman living in a log cabin and drinking hard cider and painting Van Buren as an elitist dandy. More information about Shafer and The Carnival Campaign
can be found here: http://bit.ly/2bClFZ5
Both titles have Ohio at the center of narratives that help explain the roots of Ohio’s political influence and detail how presidential campaigns have changed over the past 176 years and how they have stayed the same. The panel discussion will begin at 12 p.m. in the Museum Gallery of the Ohio Statehouse, and upon conclusion of the event the authors will move to Map Room of the Ohio Statehouse where the signing portion of the event will take place.
Order The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President
and The Carnival Campaign: How the Rollicking 1840 Campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” Changed Presidential Elections Forever
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 sunrise until sunset Sunday, September 11, 2016 in observance of Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Governor Kasich’s resolution reads:
“WHEREAS, the events of September 11, 2001 and the loss of nearly 3,000 innocent men, women, and children, and the attack on the freedoms and values we hold dear, will never be forgotten; and
WHEREAS, the moments following the disaster saw countless acts of heroism and bravery as police, firefighters and other first responders raced to the scene to save lives. Over 400 emergency workers lost their lives while trying to protect and serve, and countless others face ongoing health problems since that fateful day; and
WHEREAS, since that memorable day fifteen years ago, our nation continues to face threats both at home and abroad, and many Ohioans have answered the call to defend our communities, our state and our nation; and
WHEREAS, we honor and pay tribute to our courageous men and women in uniform serving around the world, as well as to the dedicated members of our law enforcement, public safety, and intelligence communities who work diligently and tirelessly to protect us from danger and, when called upon, stand willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the freedoms we value; and
WHEREAS, Patriot Day pays tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, and the National Day of Service and Remembrance honors their memory and sacrifice by encouraging us all to come together, give back to our communities, and live a life bigger than ourselves like our first responders and heroes did that day.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, John R. Kasich, Governor of the State of Ohio, do hereby recognize September 11, 2016 as
NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE
throughout Ohio and ask all Ohioans to observe Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and remembrance services.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, 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, do hereby proclaim 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 from sunrise to sunset on September 11, 2016. I further ask 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 of September 11, 2001.”
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
: 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
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/.
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