Lyn Ford, storyteller
(Columbus, OH)—The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will celebrate Black History Month with two free presentations in February. A storyteller and a comics artist will each give a 45-minute program at noon concluding with a question and answer session. The events will be live in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse. The presentations are planned to be livestreamed on

The programs are free and open to the public. If you or your organization would like to schedule a group to attend a presentation, please contact Katie Montgomery at 614-728-3726 or

Scheduled 12:00 p.m. presentations include:

Feb. 14 – “Of Memory and History: An Affrilachian Storyteller Speaks Again” by Lyn Ford
Humor and heart are rooted in our families’ storytelling traditions. Culture, stories and folktales are shared by one of Ohio’s Affrilachian storytellers and authors, Lyn Ford.

Feb. 28 – “Bryan Moss: Visual Artist and Comics Creator”
Bryan Moss grew up on Columbus’s south side, and became interested in art at an early age. Now a professional artist, comics creator, and art instructor, he’ll be speaking about the important role mentorship played in his life and how he mentors aspiring artists today.

About Lyn Ford:

Lyn Ford [pictured above] is an award-winning storyteller and teaching artist based in Columbus, Ohio. Her performances are related to her experiences of Affrilachian culture and family stories. She is a performer at storytelling festivals in Canada, Hawaii, Australia, Ireland, and across the United States. Lyn is the author of storytelling magazine articles, poetry and books.

About Bryan Moss:

Bryan Moss is an artist and comics creator in Columbus, Ohio. Growing up on the South Side of Columbus, he was introduced to art through his childhood rec center, taking him on a journey that would lead him all the way to the Columbus Museum of Art, which now has two of his paintings in their collection. In this talk, he considers how mentorship played a role in his art career and how he utilizes mentorship in his own practice to help other artists further their careers.

Capitol Café at the Ohio Statehouse

In honor of the Black History Month presentations, HouseTaco will offer Statehouse guests 20% off all menu items on Tuesday, February 14 and Tuesday, February 28. Customers may order $5 minimum online at with promo code BHM. HouseTaco is located in the Capitol Café on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse.

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Half-staff flags in Ohio
In remembrance of the victims of the shooting in Monterey Park, California, 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 January 26, 2023. This is by authority of the Governor of the State of Ohio and in accordance with the order issued by the President of the United States of America.

Tours of the Ohio Statehouse
Your visiting friends and family may be interested in a free tour of the Ohio Statehouse.

Guided tours of the Ohio Statehouse tours are available on weekdays on the hour from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and on weekends on the hour from noon-3 p.m., with the exception of state holidays and specific events.

The Statehouse will be closed on the following days:
December 25-26 Christmas Holiday
January 1-2 New Year’s Holiday

Guided tours will be unavailable on the following days:
January 5-9 Governor’s Inauguration

For any questions regarding guided tours of the Statehouse, or to schedule a private tour for groups of 10 or more, please call Katie Montgomery at 614-728-3726.

Half-staff flags at the Ohio Statehouse
In honor of the life and service of Wyandot County Sheriff's Deputy Daniel J. Kin, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Wyandot County and at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes Tower today, and will remain until sunset on the day of his funeral.

All other public buildings and grounds throughout the state may fly the flags at half-staff at their discretion for the same time.

Flags at half-staff in Ohio
In honor of the lives lost on December 7, 1941 in the attack on Pearl Harbor, and in accordance with orders from the President and the Governor of Ohio, 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 midnight to midnight on December 7, 2022.

Tree Lighting 2022
Photos of the Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting, Dec. 1 ,2022
can be seen here:

Some photos with Santa are posted here:

More photos will be posted soon!

Tree Lighting in the Atrium
Columbus, OH – It’s almost that time of the year! Bring your family, friends and holiday cheer to the 2022 Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting at the Ohio Statehouse. This year’s celebration will take place on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board continues to offer this family-friend event free to the public.

Every year, the Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting kicks off the holiday season on Capitol Square. The Tree Lighting in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium consists of a short ceremony in which Governor Mike DeWine will give introductory remarks, light the historically decorated tree and welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Tree Lighting will be live-streamed on

When the ceremony ends, the Holiday Festival continues with a wide range of arts and crafts, special performances by local choirs and dancers from OhioDance and Drake Dance Academy, mascots, complimentary cookies and more. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will demonstrate its K-9 unit. A free photo station will capture your family’s moment with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

This year, OhioDance looks forward to offering an extensive program of performances that include ballet, tap, hip hop, salsa, dance combining Indian and western musical instruments, Irish folk and more!

Musical performers include Annehurst Elementary School, from Westerville; John Glenn High School, from New Concord; Pickerington North High School, from Pickerington; and the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir. Craft and activity stations are sponsored by many local organizations and government agencies.

Join us on this magical night at the Ohio Statehouse to kick off your holiday season! Convenient and affordable parking will be available in the Ohio Statehouse Underground Parking Garage. Find rates at

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Holiday Festival
Columbus, OH – The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) invites the public to celebrate holidays in December at the Ohio Statehouse. Starting at the 2022 Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting, CSRAB then welcomes all to enjoy other activities throughout the rest of the month: performances by local schools, decorations, tours and special items and sales at the Statehouse Museum Shop.

Capitol Square will kick off the holiday season at the annual Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 1. After Governor DeWine gives introductory remarks and lights the tree in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium, a wide range of activities and performances by Ohio choirs and dance companies will take place throughout the evening. Find further details about this family-friendly event on the Statehouse calendar at

During the rest of December, other special performances by students from across Ohio will be open to the public. On weekdays, school choirs will perform at noon in the Museum Gallery, on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse. As the legislative schedule allows, The Ohio Channel will also live-stream each concert:

Dec. 6 Lancaster High School Chamber Singers
Dec. 7 Sidney High School Symphonic Choir
Dec. 8 JG Company from John Glenn High School
Dec. 9 Northside Christian School Choir

Dec. 12 Johnstown-Monroe High School Choir
Dec. 13 North Royalton High School Choir
Dec. 14 Fort Hayes Metropolitan Singers
Dec. 15 Logan High School Chamber Singers
Dec. 16 Bexley High School Vocal Ensemble

Dec. 19 Kenton Ridge Chamber Singers
Dec. 20 Columbus Cello Choir from Columbus Cello School

Throughout the month, the Statehouse Museum Shop will feature Ohio-themed gifts and the collectible 2022 Ohio Statehouse Christmas Ornament. Visitors to the Ohio Statehouse from December 5 through December 9 may have a sweet discount during the Candy Cane Sale. Shoppers may pull a candy cane to find a discount of 15% to 40% off their total purchase. See Shop for details and exclusions.

The Ohio Statehouse also offers public tours every day except state holidays. Guided tours start in the Map Room, on the ground floor, at the top of every hour, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Out-of-town guests may enjoy a free tour of the Ohio Statehouse during their stay in Ohio.

Inside the Ohio Statehouse, decorations reminiscent of the nineteenth century highlight the historical character of the building, completed in 1861. Outside, red and green lights will illuminate Capitol Square.

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