STATEHOUSE NEWS


Happy birthday, Ohio! Head to the Ohio Statehouse for a celebration 215 years in the making Sunday, March 4 from 12 to 3 p.m. Attendees will participate in art projects, experience an Ohio symbols Statehouse tour, and enjoy a game of Statehouse bingo as you explore Capitol Square. Also, organizations from across the Capital City and the State of Ohio will be on hand offering activities, travel information and educational exhibits.

Event schedule and location:
12 – 3 p.m. Museum Gallery, Statehouse bingo
Pick up a Statehouse bingo card to complete while you explore the Ohio Capitol. Everyone who gets bingo on their card wins a party favor!

12 - 3 p.m. Map Room, Guided Tours
45 minute public Statehouse tours will begin at noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
30 minute “Symbols of the State” tours will begin at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

12 - 3 p.m. Atrium, Activities
Create a party favor bag and join in activities from community partners!

2 - 3 p.m. Rotunda, Birthday Treats
Join us for snacks and merriment! Test your knowledge of Ohio with trivia and prizes while enjoying birthday treats.

This family-friendly event is the perfect way to enjoy a day downtown on Capitol Square. This event is free and open to the public! Affordable on-site parking is available in the Ohio Statehouse parking garage.

Community event partners include:
-Franklinton Historical Society -Franklin Park Conservatory
-Hilliard Historical Society -McKinley Presidential Library & Museum
-Ohio Attorney General’s Office -Ohio Secretary of State’s Office
-Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museum -TourismOhio


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Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff until sunset February 19, 2018, to honor the victims of the attack perpetrated on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida.
 
 
 

Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff in honor of the lives and service of Westerville Police Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli, effective immediately through their interments.
 
 
 

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will unveil a new piece of narrative art in the Ohio Statehouse for the first time in 59 years. The painting, “Greeting Lincoln,” was composed by artist Pamela Patrick White and will be unveiled Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Ohio Statehouse. The painting depicts President-elect Lincoln addressing a joint session of the 54th Ohio General Assembly on February 13, 1861. The dedication will take place 157 years to the day that Lincoln visited the Ohio Statehouse for the second time in his political career.

“Lincoln’s 1861 visit was a historic event, and it is worthy of being memorialized on canvas. I hope visitors and legislators are inspired by this painting and the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln’s public service,” said CSRAB Chairman, Speaker Cliff Rosenberger.

The dedication program will take place Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Hall of the Ohio House of Representatives. The program is free and open to the public.

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The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a special art exhibit and free historical performance each Tuesday at noon.

The 2018 Rosa Parks Children’s Art Exhibit
, “The Power of One,” is a K-third grade student art exhibit sponsored by COTA. The exhibit is the students’ artistic expression of how they would change things for the better. Rosa Parks is honored because through her act of courage, she helped make America a better place for all people. Students were asked what would you do if you had a chance…To do a brave thing? A courageous thing? A kind thing? If nothing stood in your way, what would you do to change America and make it a better place for all people? The exhibit will be on display in the Map Room throughout the month of February.

Living history performances
will be presented each Tuesday at noon throughout February in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse. Visitors will meet first-person interpreters who portray prominent African Americans in U.S. history. Each 45-minute vignette will focus on African-American history as part of Black History Month at the Ohio Statehouse.

The programs are presented by “We’ve Known Rivers,” which is a partnership of dynamic storytellers with a passion for history and education. The programs are free and open to the public. Click here for more information about We’ve Known Rivers. The programs will be streamed live by the Ohio Channel. If you or your organization would like to schedule a group to attend a performance, please contact Katie Montgomery at 614-728-3726 or kmontgomery@ohiostatehouse.org.

Scheduled living history performances include:

Feb 6 - “Good News, the Chariot's Coming: African-American Women Who Rode for Freedom” by Annette Jefferson
Feb 13 - “Stories and Songs of the Black Experience” by Paisha Thomas
Feb 20 - “Fighting for Freedom: Ohio's Black Civil War Soldiers” by Anthony Gibbs
Feb 27 - “The Right to Vote: Stories of Struggle and Resilience” by Sandra Quick

Watch past living history presentations here.

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Thursday, December 7, 2017 in observance of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Read Governor Kasich’s full resolution here.
 
 
 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Flags at the Ohio Statehouse will fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on December 2, 2017 in honor of the life and service of former Ohio Senate President Bill Harris.


Governor Kasich’s order reads:
“In honor of the life and service of former Ohio Senate President Bill Harris, I hereby proclaim, by the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Ohio by the Ohio Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that 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 on December 2, 2017 from sunrise to sunset.”
 
 
 

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board will celebrate the Ohio Statehouse Holiday Festival and Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This free family-friendly event is open to the public.

The festival marks the beginning of the holiday season on Capitol Square. The indoor ceremony will take place in the Statehouse Atrium and consist of a short program, welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus, followed by the lighting the Ohio Statehouse and our historically decorated holiday tree. The festivities will then continue with refreshments, arts and crafts activities, games and special performances by local choirs and dancers. There will also be a free photo station available to capture your families’ moment with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Refreshments are courtesy of Milo’s Catering, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, SPAGIO Catering, the Berwick, L.A. Catering, Metro Cuisine Catering, Two Caterers, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland Council and Starbucks on Capitol Square.

Come and join us for this festive night at the Ohio Statehouse to start off your holiday season! Convenient and affordable parking is available during the event in the Ohio Statehouse underground parking garage. Parking rates are available at http://bit.ly/1PE8g3k.

Holiday press images are available at: http://bit.ly/2h08eqK

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