STATEHOUSE NEWS


Civil War Encampment
(Columbus, OH) –The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will commemorate the repose of President Abraham Lincoln in the Ohio Capitol on Friday, April 29. The day will begin with cannon firings on the Ohio Statehouse West Plaza starting at 10 a.m., and will include Civil War reenactors, a historic 36-star flag display, a replica coffin and honor guards throughout the day. The events are free and open to the public.

In conjunction with the repose of Lincoln, the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A will hold the 2022 Civil War Encampment at the Ohio Statehouse. Their historical reenactors, along with other partnering organizations, will demonstrate Civil War life and provide interactive experiences such as walking among soldiers’ tents and helping the Ladies Aid Society care for the troops. The festivities will also include music and games, and cannons will fire periodically from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the West Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse.

The 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A Civil War reenactors will also provide an honor guard for the replica of Lincoln’s coffin from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda, the very site where the slain President lay in repose on April 29, 1865.
In the same site, CSRAB will display the 36-Star flag that flew over Capitol Square during President Lincoln's 1865 repose. The flag originally was presented to David Nevin Murray of Portsmouth, Ohio, for his contributions to the war effort on behalf of the Union Army during the American Civil War. Murray’s descendants, the Van Tilburg family, donated the historic flag to the Ohio History Connection.

On the day of President Lincoln’s 1865 repose, from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. an estimated 50,000 people 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.

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State Room at the Ohio Statehouse
(COLUMBUS, OH) — Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will meet Thursday, April 21, 2022 at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. The business meeting will be held in the State Room (Room 108) and will begin at 10:00 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting agenda is available upon request.


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Half-staff flags at the Ohio Statehouse
In honor of the life and service of Town & Country Fire District Lieutenant Philip Wigal, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Wayne County, the Ohio Statehouse, the Vern Riffe Center, and the Rhodes State Office Tower today, and will remain until sunset on the day of his funeral, Friday, April 15, 2022.
 
 
 

Geologist showing Statehouse fossils
(Columbus, OH)—The Ohio Statehouse will celebrate Earth Day by offering a FREE fossil tour on Capitol Square on Saturday, April 23 from noon until 1 p.m. During this special tour, visitors will see fossil specimens from the collection of Orton Geological Museum, and then find similar fossils in the limestone structure of the Ohio Statehouse.

The tour will start in the Governor Thomas Worthington Center on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse. The tour will be conducted by Dale M. Gnidovec, Curator of the OSU Orton Geological Museum and Mark Peter, Paleontologist at ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

This special tour is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but individuals or organizations that want to schedule a group to attend the tour, should contact Katie Montgomery at 614-728-3726 or kmontgomery@ohiostatehouse.org.

Each visitor will receive a free copy of the booklet, Statehouse Fossils: A Guide to Fossils of the Ohio Capitol, by Mark E. Peter. An informative poster of Fossils of the Columbus Limestone is for sale at the Statehouse Museum Shop.

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to encourage global conservation efforts and environmental protection. These events encourage young learners to explore the natural world, and engage the public in efforts to care for our planet.

Photos are available on the Ohio Statehouse website. http://www.ohiostatehouse.org/galleries/geology-fossil-tour

While exploring the Ohio Statehouse, take a look at the Dunkleosteus terrelli fossil replica exhibit on loan from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Dunkleosteus terrelli became the official State Fossil Fish in March of 2021.

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Half-staff flags at the Ohio Statehouse
In honor of the life and service of Gunnery Sgt. James W. Speedy, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Guernsey County, the Ohio Statehouse, the Vern Riffe Center, and the Rhodes State Office Tower today, and will remain until sunset on the day of his funeral, Saturday, April 9, 2022.
 
 
 

Ohio Statehouse flags at half-staff
In honor of the life and service of Bluffton Police Officer Dominic Francis, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Allen and Hancock Counties, the Ohio Statehouse, the Vern Riffe Center, and the Rhodes state Office Tower today, and will remain until sunset on the day of his funeral, Friday, April 8, 2022.


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

Half-staff flags in Ohio
In accordance with the orders issued by the President of the United States of America and the Governor of Ohio, in honoring the life and service of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, 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 March 27, 2022.
 
 
 

Half-staff flags at the Ohio Statehouse
In honor of the life and service of Portsmouth Firefighter and EMT Edward Long, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Scioto County, the Ohio Statehouse, the Vern Riffe Center, and the Rhodes State Office Tower on March 23, and will remain until sunset on the day of his funeral, March 27, 2022.
 
 
 
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