STATEHOUSE NEWS


Haunted Statehouse Tours
COLUMBUS, OH – A limited number of tickets are still available for the 2022 Haunted Statehouse Tours at the Ohio Statehouse. These special tours of the Capitol building will take place over two Friday and two Saturday evenings: Oct. 14-15 and 21-22. Each night, five tours will start every half hour at 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m.

Tickets must be preordered through the Statehouse Museum Shop in one of three ways:
- online at statehouseshop.com;
- by calling 614-728-9234; or
- by visiting the Statehouse Museum Shop on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse.

Prices are $13 for adults and $7 for students ages 17 and under, plus a processing fee of $2.50 per order. The tour is spooky and not recommended for children under the age of 12. Tickets are limited to 35 per tour; please note that several tours have already sold out.

This year’s Haunted Statehouse Tours will feature recorded evidence of paranormal activity inside the Capitol building, a unique route through its darkened hallways and dimly lit limestone walls, and a stop inside the Governor’s Office! Conductors will lead visitors by lantern as they combine fact and legend to narrate the history of the Ohio Statehouse.

The Statehouse Museum Shop will also feature a sale on Halloween merchandise in October. Starting Oct. 17, visit the Shop before your tour for 40% off Halloween merchandise. The sale applies to in-stock items only and does not include tour tickets.

For a full description of the 2022 Haunted Statehouse Tours, visit ohiostatehouse.org/calendar. For questions, please contact Dayna Jalkanen at 614-728-2697. High-resolution press images of previous years’ tours are also available at ohiostatehouse.org/galleries.

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Display of flags for 9/11
In honor of the lives lost in the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, 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, 2022.

Furthermore, Governor DeWine asks 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 all around the world who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on Septemeber 11, 2001.

Photo shows the current display of flags on the lawn of the Ohio Statehouse. Each flag stands for one life lost in 9/11. The memorial flag display is open to the public in Columbus until noon Sept. 13, 2022.
 
 
 

Haunted Statehouse Tours by lantern light
COLUMBUS, OH—On Monday, Sept. 12, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board will launch ticket sales for this year’s Haunted Tours of the Ohio Statehouse. The much-loved Halloween-spirited tours will take place Friday, Oct. 14; Saturday, Oct. 15; Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22. This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be pre-ordered.

Tours will depart every half hour between 7 and 9 p.m. Start times are: 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m. The 2022 Haunted Statehouse Tours will feature small groups and a special route through the darkened halls of the building, where participants will encounter figures from Ohio’s past.

Tickets cost $13 for adults ages 18 and older and $7 for students ages 12 to 17, plus a $2.50 processing fee per order. Sales are limited to 35 tickets per tour, and tickets may be purchased in three ways:
online at statehouseshop.com,
at the Statehouse Museum Shop on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse, or
over the phone by calling 614-728-9234.

Staff members and volunteers of the Ohio Statehouse will combine history and legend in this unique tour of one of the country’s oldest functioning capitol buildings. Conductors will lead visitors through the dimly lit limestone corridors of the Ohio Statehouse by lantern. This spooky historical tour is most appropriate for ages 12 and older.

Affordable event parking will be available in the Statehouse Underground Garage for $5 beginning at 6 p.m. on these evenings.

For more information about the 2022 Haunted Statehouse Tours, visit ohiostatehouse.org or contact 614-728-4185. Pictures from previous years are available at ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/haunted-tours-photos.

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Half-staff flags in Ohio
In remembrance of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio until sunset on the day of interment.

Update: The funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will take place on September 19, 2022. Flags may be raised to full staff at sunset of that day.

Update: The flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain will be flown at the Ohio Statehouse on the West Plaza for 24 hours beginning Sunday evening, September 18, 2022.
 
 
 

Photo of 2021 flag installation
(Columbus, OH)— The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will commemorate the 21st anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 with a memorial flag display on the west lawn of the Ohio Statehouse. A short program will begin Thursday, September 8 at 5 p.m. on the west steps of the Ohio Statehouse and will feature remarks from state and local officials. After the program, volunteers from across central Ohio will install the 2,977 flags that comprise the memorial.

The Ohio Statehouse has been the venue for the annual 9/11 memorial from 2002 through 2022, only missing 2020 due to the pandemic. The flags represent the 2,977 victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93. When seen from above, the design represents the World Trade Center towers, with a space in the shape of the Pentagon and an open strip representing the field in Pennsylvania. Located on the West Lawn of the Ohio Statehouse, the memorial will be open to the public from 7 p.m. Thursday, September 8 until 12 p.m. Tuesday, September 13.

The September 8 program will include brief remarks by several dignitaries including:

Director Deborah Ashenhurst, Ohio Department of Veterans Services
Senator Hearcel Craig, Ohio Senate District 15, Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board
Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Saltsman, Columbus Division of Fire
Franklin County Commissioner Erica C. Crawley
Representative Tim Ginter, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Ohio House of Representatives, House District 5, and
Fire Marshal Kevin Reardon

The flag display is a memorable and moving scene on the Ohio Statehouse lawn. The volunteers installing the flags include firefighter recruits from the Columbus Fire Training Academy, employees of COTA and the State of Ohio, veterans and many individuals. The flags will be checked daily by staff and volunteers. Please contact Dayna Jalkanen, djalkanen@ohiostatehouse.org or 614-728-2697 to volunteer for this event.


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2022 Photos available at https://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/flags-for-9-11-in-2022
 
 
 

Flags for 9/11
(Columbus, OH)—The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is seeking volunteers to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001 through a memorial flag display on the west lawn of the Ohio Statehouse. The 9/11 flag display will be open to the public from Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. until Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 12 p.m. in downtown Columbus.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, a brief program will inaugurate the memorial at 5 p.m. on the West Plaza. After the ceremony, volunteers from across central Ohio will install the thousands of flags that form the memorial.

Fifty volunteers are needed to help install these 2,977 flags representing each victim of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93. The installation is planned from approximately 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. Volunteers are also welcome to attend the program at 5 p.m. Additionally, a few volunteers are needed to straighten the flags Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then uninstall the display Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 12 p.m.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the installation, maintenance or de-installation may contact Dayna Jalkanen at 614-728-2697 or djalkanen@ohiostatehouse.org. Please sign up by Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Some pictures from the 2021 event can be seen here: https://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/flags-for-9-11-in-2021

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2022 photos available at https://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/flags-for-9-11-in-2022

 
 
 

Bus Transportation Grants
(Columbus, OH)—The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation (CSF) are pleased to announce that 99 schools will be awarded Transportation Grants for the 2022-2023 academic year. The online application will open on Monday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m. and remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25.

The grants will help schools defray bus transportation costs for field trips to the Ohio Statehouse and its museum. Each grant’s amount will be based on one-way mileage from the visiting school to the Ohio Statehouse.

Since the creation of CSF’s program in 2009, more than 75,000 students from all 88 counties in Ohio have visited the Ohio Statehouse through the assistance of these grants. “The Foundation is grateful for the partnership with Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. and their remarkable, continued financial support," said Charles Moses, CSF Chairman. “This program allows students from all over Ohio to learn first-hand how their government works and how they can make a difference.”

33 grants will be awarded in each of three mileage categories:

  • 1 to 50 miles ($200)

  • 51 to 100 miles ($300)

  • 101+ miles ($400)


This year, teachers will have seven days to submit applications. CSRAB will use a random number generator to choose 33 schools from each mileage category.

"The Transportation Grant Program affords Ohio schools a way to visit the Ohio Statehouse," said Laura P. Battocletti, CSRAB Executive Director. “Students who visit the Statehouse have an unforgettable experience of Ohio civics and Ohio history.”

The Transportation Grants will be available to any school in Ohio that receives state funding. Grants are limited to students in the fourth through 12th grades during the 2022-2023 academic year. Only one Transportation Grant will be awarded to each school, regardless of the number of buses or students visiting the Ohio Statehouse. Additionally, schools must have a minimum of 20 students on their field trip in order to be eligible for a grant, and recipients must schedule and attend a guided tour of the Statehouse in order to receive their funds.

Only online applications will be accepted and must be submitted by an authorized teacher or school administrator. Applications will be accepted for seven days, from Sept. 19-25. Grant recipients will be notified of their status on Sept. 26, 2022.

Detailed information about the program is available at ohiostatehouse.org/visit/school-and-group-tours/school-bus-transportation-grant-program.

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Ohio Overdose Awareness Day
In honor of the lives lost to overdose and in order to recognize and raise awareness for Ohio Overdose Awareness Day, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio from sunrise until sunset on August 31, 2022.
 
 
 
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