STATEHOUSE NEWS


"Rightfully Hers" exhibit
The centennial of women’s suffrage is recognized on August 18, 2020. On that date, one hundred years ago, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed ensuring women the right to vote.

The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center is host to a compact exhibit about the landmark voting rights victory. “Rightfully Hers,” a pop-up display created by the National Archives, shows images and portraits related to the suffrage movement. The exhibit is open to the public through Labor Day in the Map Room of the Ohio Statehouse courtesy of the State Library of Ohio. Virtual learning about suffrage is available at these websites, https://museum.archives.gov/rightfully-hers and https://www.ohiosuffragecentennial.com/.

When visiting the Ohio Statehouse with recommended healthy practices, the public is invited to view The Ladies’ Gallery on the first floor. Pictures and displays tell the story of the women in the Ohio legislature. On the South Capitol Square grounds, a planting shows the colors of a suffragist sash, purple, white and gold.

The Statehouse Museum Shop carries commemorative items and pins related to women’s right to vote. The Shop is not open to in-person shopping until September 8, 2020 but will fill online orders at https://StatehouseShop.com.

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Shop Manager Lee Anne Back
The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is proud to announce Lee Anne Back as the new manager of the Statehouse Museum Shop. Back was promoted July 24, 2020, and she follows her mentor Becky Wildman, who was the founding manager of the Statehouse Museum Shop when it opened in 1996. Wildman retired after twenty-four years of public service.

Lee Anne Back worked as the assistant manager at the Statehouse Museum Shop since 2001. She is a Certified Tourism Ambassador of the great city of Columbus and a promoter of the state of Ohio. She and her husband currently reside in Columbus, Ohio.

“We are honored and excited to serve our great Ohioans in these uncertain times,” said Lee Anne. “The Statehouse Museum Shop is a great little gem that offers wonderful Ohio products, such as Ohio wines, Ohio Proud food products, political themed products art, home or office decor, and souvenirs. We specialize in unique gifts such as our gifts baskets and flown Ohio or US flags with a certificate of authenticity. We are excited to present our yearly limited edition Ohio Statehouse ornament.”

The 2020 Ohio Statehouse Ornament, Heart of Democracy, is a limited edition commemorative holiday ornament. The collectible ornament features the Ohio Statehouse surrounded by evergreens and red cardinals, the state bird. The durable yet delicate metal ornament is finished in 24k gold and measures approximately 2 3/4 by 3 inches. It is presented in a luxurious velour-lined gift box with provenance card, and is proudly made in America.

The Statehouse Museum Shop, located on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse, is currently closed to in-person customers until further notice, but welcomes online orders at StatehouseShop.com or by calling 614-728-9234 or 1-888-OHIO123.
 
 
 

Half staff flags, file photo
In honor of the life and service of Congressman John Lewis, flags were flown at half staff on all public buildings Saturday, July 18, 2020.
 
 
 

(COLUMBUS, OH) — Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will meet Thursday, July 16, 2020 at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. The business meeting will be held in House Hearing Room 313 and will begin at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public, and will be live streamed online at OhioChannel.org. The meeting agenda is available upon request.

Please note the updated meeting location. Room 313 is accessible using the elevator or stairs in the South Light Court.

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(Columbus, OH) –Repairs to the Ohio Statehouse and the Capitol Square grounds due to the protests on May 28 through June 18 will cost the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board $158,263.57. This amount does not include the expenses incurred by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, or the costs to repair the damage that occurred on other state property.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) is responsible for maintaining the historic character of the Ohio Statehouse and Capitol Square while providing for the health, safety and convenience of those who work in or visit the complex.

The CSRAB hired a professional service to clean and remove graffiti from the limestone building and walls, as well as the granite and marble monuments. The broken windows of the Ohio Statehouse have been boarded up since May 29, as the CSRAB collected quotes for repairs to the glass and the wooden millwork of the windows and doors. Exterior damages include pole lights and lanterns, a bench and many of the trash cans.
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Half-staff flags at Ohio Statehouse
In honor of the life and service of Toledo Police Officer Anthony Dia, the flags shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds in Lucas County until the day of his funeral. The Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes Tower will also fly flags at half-staff.


The funeral services for both Marine Sergeant Wolfgang Kyle Weninger and Toledo Police Officer Anthony Dia will take place on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. All flags may be raised to full staff at sunset on July 7, 2020.
 
 
 

Capitol Square in the rain
In honor of the life and service of Ohio Marine Sgt. Wolfgang Kyle Weninger, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Geauga County and at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes Tower until sunset on the day of his funeral. All other public buildings and grounds throughout the state may fly the flags at half-staff upon their discretion for the same time period. This was proclaimed by Governor Mike DeWine on the 21st day of June 2020.

 
 
 

File photo, Ohio Statehouse
In honor of the life, service, and contributions of Annie Glenn, the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Franklin County, Ohio from sunrise to sunset on June 6, 2020 and throughout Muskingum County until sunset on June 6, 2020.
 
 
 
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