STATEHOUSE NEWS


David Brooks live online!
The Capitol Square Foundation presents

Capitol Conversations with David Brooks: "Patriotism, Nationalism and the Idea of America"


Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.

Join us for an enthralling and insightful virtual presentation by this acclaimed American political and cultural commentator. In addition to his current writing for The New York Times,
David Brooks has worked as a film critic for The Washington Times, a reporter and op-ed editor for The Wall Street Journal, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, a contributing editor at Newsweek, and The Atlantic Monthly, and a commentator on NPR and the PBS NewsHour.

"Patriotism, Nationalism and the Idea of America" will take place on Tuesday, December 1 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Following the most turbulent election season in recent history, David Brooks will reflect on where we are and where we are going as Americans. Tickets are $25 per person to attend the virtual presentation; $60 per person for the presentation plus a signed copy of The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/david-brooks-on-patriotism-nationalism-and-the-idea-of-america-tickets-127468352273. For questions about sponsorships and tickets, contact Lori Overmyer at 614-301-4492.

All proceeds from this fundraising event support the work of the Capitol Square Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded to increase awareness of and involve citizens in the history and significance of the Ohio Statehouse. Thanks to our Capitol Conversations title sponsor, American Electric Power
 
 
 

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Celebrate the holidays with the Ohio Statehouse this season, with tons of great, free online content. The live broadcast of the Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Unfortunately, there will be no in-person event this year as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

The online event marks the beginning of the holiday season on Capitol Square and throughout Central Ohio. The Ohio Statehouse is proud to share its impressive historically decorated tree and lights displays to those who won’t have the chance to observe them in person this year.

Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted will make special video appearances. Santa and Mrs. Claus will light the tree in the Statehouse Atrium. Online content available during, and after, the broadcast includes performances by OhioDance, video Holiday Greetings from Ohio’s Historic Sites, and Holiday Concerts by Ohio choirs. All videos and broadcasts will be available through The Ohio Channel after the live stream.

Kick off your holiday season in good health by watching this magical Ohio Statehouse night online with your friends and family!

All in-person activities are cancelled as a result of the pandemic.

The live event will be viewable December 3 at 5:30 p.m. at http://www.ohiochannel.org/live/special-events

or through the Ohio Channel Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/TheOhioChannel.

Afterward, a recorded video of the entire occasion will be available from the Ohio Channel at: http://www.ohiochannel.org/video/statehouse-holiday-festival-2020

Thank you to our sponsor, the Capitol Square Foundation.

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Courtesy of the Ohio Channel
Click here to watch the video, "Haunted Tales of the Ohio Statehouse."


The Ohio Statehouse has haunted tales to tell. The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center worked with the Ohio Channel to produce online versions of the haunted stories from Ohio’s Capitol. The historical but scary video can be seen by the public on YouTube. https://youtu.be/jw0jsFmYg5w


Although the annual Haunted Statehouse Tours were canceled in 2020 due to an abundance of caution, the Ohio Statehouse is open to visitors. Masks are encouraged, along with social distancing and hand washing. Guided tours are suspended, but individuals are welcome to explore the Ohio Statehouse. Self-guided tour brochures and cell phone tours are available in the Map Room near the Statehouse Museum Shop.
 
 
 

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In honor of the life and service of Hamilton County Sheriff Corporal Adam McMillan, the flags shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Hamilton County and at the Ohio Statehouse, Vern Riffe Center, and Rhodes Tower until sunset on the day of his interment. All other public buildings and grounds throughout the state may fly the flags at half-staff at their discretion for the same time period.

Update, 10-28-2020:
The funeral for Hamilton County Sheriff Corporal Adam McMillan will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Flags may be raised back to full staff at sunset on Saturday.
 
 
 

Learn online at iCivics
Through a partnership with iCivics and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Capitol Square Foundation, is offering a free interactive web-based civics curriculum that will be available to students, teachers and families.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, October 5, 2020 -- With the 2020 election right around the corner—and the country in the midst of a health crisis, economic uncertainty, and social unrest—the Capitol Square Foundation, through iCivicsOhio, is providing free online resources to help teachers, students, and families better understand the news that they are reading in the headlines and learn about how the local and federal government works, including the presidential election.

The resources, which were created in partnership with iCivics, the civic education nonprofit founded by Sandra Day O’Connor, and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs have been designed specifically to align with Ohio’s state standards and to meet the needs of Ohio educators through content that is tied to the Buckeye State’s history and Constitution.

They have been created to use both remotely, as many schools have not yet opened their campuses to students, as well as in the physical classroom. Completely nonpartisan, they are available for free and for anyone to use at https://www.icivics.org/teachers/oh.

“We are especially proud of our unique partnership with iCivics, the John Glenn College and the Ohio Statehouse to provide this important resource at this challenging time,” said Charles Moses, Chair of the Capitol Square foundation.

iCivics, which has created 20 digital games and hundreds of digital lesson plans that are used by more than 120,000 teachers and 7.5 million students every year, has worked with the Capitol Square Foundation to make the following resources available for Ohio at a time when civic education has become increasingly important:


  • The iCivics Ohio Website: This includes a guide to lesson planning that is custom to Ohio’s state Scope & Sequence, as well as two Ohio-specific lesson plans for high school students, Comparing Constitutions: Ohio and United States, and History of Ohio's Constitution.

  • An Ohio Statehouse Virtual Visit: While the Ohio Statehouse remains open to the public, in-person guided tours have been suspended until further notice due to COVID-19. Self-guided tour brochures are available for groups or individuals in the Map Room. The Ohio Statehouse Virtual Visit allows educators to use digital resources to help students explore remotely the history, government, civics, and architecture of the Ohio Statehouse, Senate Building and Atrium. This includes Digital Resources for Educators, an exploration of the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House, and information from the Secretary of State.

  • General civic content from iCivics: This includes access to all of iCivics’ renowned online civics games and lesson plans that teach middle and high school students key topics such as how the three branches of government interact, how to be an informed voter, how the judicial system works, and how laws are made. As the election nears, this also features a guide to Teaching the 2020 Presidential Election, which includes games, lessons, WebQuests, and more.



While initially designed for use in schools, students and families can also access iCivics’ resources on their own. For example, Win the White House is a popular free online game from iCivics that can inspire at-home civic learning and some friendly family competition -- and iCivics has created guides specifically for at home learning for both educators and families.


Ohio Statehouse Connection


The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center is excited to partner with iCivicsOhio to teach Ohio students about government. Teachers and students may use the iCivicsOhio website with online games and activities as an engaging way to prepare to participate in civic life.


“The Ohio Statehouse is the center of state government,” said Laura Battocletti, Executive Director of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB), “Guided tours of the Ohio Statehouse are not available due to an abundance of caution. These virtual experiences may take the place of a school visit to the Capitol to experience how their government works.
“This is a crucial time to educate students on civics and the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center and iCivicsOhio offer unique, engaging ways to experience both state and national governments online.”

About Capitol Square Foundation


The Capitol Square Foundation was established in 1987 to increase public awareness of and to involve citizens in the history of the Ohio Statehouse. Its purpose is to raise funds to obtain, restore and maintain artifacts and other items related to the history and enhancement of this grand monument and its adjoining grounds, so that the seat of Ohio's government may reflect the dignity of the state and its citizens.

About iCivics

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor founded iCivics in 2009 to transform the field through innovative, free educational video games and lessons that teach students to be knowledgeable, curious, and engaged in civic life. Today, iCivics is the nation’s largest provider of civic education curriculum, with its resources used by over 113,000 educators and more than 7.1 million students each year nationwide. Visit icivics.org to learn more.

About the Ohio Statehouse


The Ohio Statehouse is more than a monument to our past; it’s where history happens! The Ohio Statehouse is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on state holidays.

The Ohio Statehouse Museum is currently closed for health and safety. Virtual resources for learning at home are online at ohiostatehouse.org/Assets/Files/1005077.pdf.

Guided tours are suspended until further notice, but visitors are welcome with safe and healthy practices. Face coverings and social distancing of at least six feet are encouraged. Cell phone tour and self-guided tour brochures are available in the Map Room, which is easily accessible from the Third Street entrance. The Capitol Café and Statehouse Museum Shop are closed until further notice. For education and museum information, contact 614-728-2697 or OhioStatehouse.org.


Contact:
Charles Moses, Chair
Capitol Square Foundation
614-221-5825 / CSF@AssnOffices.com / www.capitolsquarefoundation.org

Laura P. Battocletti, Executive Director
Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board
614-752-9777 / laura.battocletti@ohiostatehouse.org / ohiostatehouse.org
 
 
 

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In honor of the life and legacy of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the flags shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio effective immediately until sunset on the date of her interment.
 
 
 

Ohio Open Doors 2020
The Ohio Statehouse will give virtual tours on the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center Facebook Page. The tours begin at noon on Monday, September 14 and continue each day at noon through Saturday, September 19. The tours, featuring a different theme each day, will be presented via Facebook Live and will be led by Statehouse staff. The Ohio Statehouse is pleased to once again participate in the Ohio History Connection’s statewide Ohio Open Doors program by offering virtual tours.

Mon. Sept 14 - Statehouse Highlights Tour – This tour highlights some of the most beautiful and frequented spots the Statehouse has to offer.

Tue. Sept. 15 - First Ladies of Ohio Tour – This tour emphasizes the lives and roles of Ohio’s First Ladies in their state’s history.

Wed. Sept. 16 - Civil Rights in Ohio Tour – This tour explores the history of civil and political rights in Ohio through the lens of the Ohio Statehouse.

Thur. Sept. 17 - Cupola Tour – This tour explores one of the Ohio Statehouse’s most unique and iconic architectural features and will grant participants a stunning view of Columbus.

Fri. Sept. 18 - Art Tour – This tour celebrates the vast and varied collection of art housed at the Ohio Statehouse, as well as the artistry of the building itself.

Sat. Sept. 19 - Women’s Suffrage Centennial Tour – This tour celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution by highlighting the people and events connected with the Ohio Statehouse that were key to the fight for women’s suffrage.

These tours are free and available for all to access on Facebook. In-person, guided tours of the Ohio Statehouse remain unavailable until further notice.

The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center has partnered with Ohio History Connection as part of the Ohio Open Doors project. The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center is one of more than two-hundred organizations participating in this statewide educational project. Learn about Ohio’s past as historic Ohio buildings and landmarks open their doors for virtual tours and events from Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 20. All Ohio Open Doors events are free and available online. For a full list of events and activities available, visit Ohio History Connection.

“The Ohio Statehouse is excited to be participating in the 2020 Ohio Open Doors campaign!” said Dayna Jalkanen, Deputy Director of Museum and Education. “Although this year’s tours will be presented virtually, we’ll still be focusing on objects and spaces in the Statehouse that aren’t typically seen on a public tour. We hope to provide visitors with some new insight into the fascinating history and timeless beauty of our state Capitol.”

About the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center

The Ohio Statehouse Museum is currently closed for health and safety. The Museum includes interactive, hands-on exhibits that challenge visitors’ knowledge about Ohio history and the workings of state government, while equipping them to participate more fully as citizens. Displays include original pages of the Ohio Constitutions, and interactive learning about our state’s founding documents. Virtual resources for learning at home are online at ohiostatehouse.org/Assets/Files/1005077.pdf.

About the Ohio Statehouse

The Ohio Statehouse is more than a monument to our past; it’s where history happens! The Ohio Statehouse is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on state holidays. Guided tours are suspended until further notice, but visitors are welcome with safe and healthy practices. Face coverings and social distancing of at least six feet are encouraged. Cell phone tour and self-guided tour brochures are available in the Map Room, which is easily accessible from the Third Street entrance. Virtual tours and other resources can be found online at ohiostatehouse.org/Assets/Files/1005077.pdf. The Capitol Café and Statehouse Museum Shop are closed until further notice. For education and museum information, contact 614-728-2697 or OhioStatehouse.org.

Contact:
Dayna Jalkanen, Deputy Director of Museum and Education
Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board
614-728-2697 - djalkanen@ohiostatehouse.org - ohiostatehouse.org


 
 
 

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In honor of those killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Governor DeWine has ordered that all flags be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the state on Patriot Day.


The order will be in effect from sunrise to sunset on Friday, September 11, 2020.


Governor DeWine also asks that all Ohio citizens observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. on Friday, September 11, which is the time that the hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

 
 
 
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