Capitol Cafe in 2016
The Capitol Café will be closed throughout November in preparation for reopening December 1, 2021 with a new operator.

Catering by Milo’s finished more than ten years at the Café this week. Catering by Milo’s will continue to be one of the approved caterers for events and will continue holding the liquor license and providing bar services at events.

Look for exciting details about new management to be announced soon by Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB).

Food and drink are available for purchase on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse in the vending machine room. The Statehouse Museum Shop is open weekdays in the Map Room, and offers bottled drinks, Ohio wine and Ohio food and snacks.

Statehouse Museum Shop
The Statehouse Museum Shop will be closed to replace the carpet, Monday through Friday, Oct. 25-29, 2021. The Shop will open Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse.

The website continues to be available for your convenience.


Exhibit in Museum Gallery at Ohio Statehouse
(Columbus, Ohio) – The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation (CSF) announce that the nomination process for the 2022 “Great Ohioans Award” is now open and the CSF is accepting nominations. The Great Ohioan Award commemorates Ohioans who have played a significant role in an event or series of events of lasting significance in world, American or Ohio history. To be selected for the Great Ohioan Award, the nominee must have resided in Ohio for a minimum of five years. In addition, at least 25 years must have passed since the event in which the nominee participated is being commemorated. Nomination deadline is Monday, December 6, 2021.

Since 2003, 54 Great Ohioans have been recognized with the award for the special roles they played in history. Great Ohioan honorees and their achievements are archived in a permanent Great Ohioan exhibit, which is part of the Ohio Statehouse Museum. While countless Ohioans have performed great actions for their community and beyond, only a select few have been named a Great Ohioan. This exhibit allows visitors to have a greater understanding of the recipients of the Great Ohioan award and discover how they affected local, national and world history. The exhibit uses videos, photos, facts and web based technology to explore the life and legacy of each Great Ohioan.

For more information on the Great Ohioan Award and to nominate an individual please visit and
Mike Rupert
Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board
614-728-4185 - -

Charles Moses
Capitol Square Foundation
614-221-5825 - -
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CSRAB staff lowering the flag today
In accordance with the orders issued by the President of the United States of America, in honoring the life and service of General Colin Powell, the flags of the Unites 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 October 22, 2021.

file photo by CSRAB staff
In accordance with the orders issued by the President and Governor, in honoring the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, the flags of the United States and State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio beginning at midnight Friday through October 16, 2021.

Ohio Statehouse Haunted Tours Apparition in Doorway
(COLUMBUS, OH) – The Statehouse Museum Shop has tickets available for the Statehouse Haunted Tour for the next two weekends. The Shop also features a sale on Halloween merchandise in October.

Tickets for the special Halloween tours can be purchased for Fri., Oct. 15, Sat., Oct. 16, Fri., Oct. 22 and Sat., Oct. 23. Tickets for the Statehouse Haunted Tours are $13 for adults and $7 for students age 12 to 17. This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be pre-ordered.

Tickets can be purchased three ways:
Online at
Visit the Statehouse Museum Shop on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse
Purchase by calling 614-728-9234

On Oct. 15 and Oct. 16, tour times are: 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m. On Oct. 22 and Oct. 23, tour times are: 7, 7:30, 8, and 8:30. Tickets are limited to 35 individuals per tour start. Please be aware that some times are sold out.

The 2021 edition of the Haunted Statehouse Tours will feature recorded evidence of paranormal activity at the Ohio Capitol and has a brand new tour route. Ohio Statehouse staff members and volunteers will combine history and legend in this special family-friendly haunted Ohio Statehouse tour. Conductors will lead visitors through the dimly lit limestone corridors of the Ohio Statehouse by lantern. This historical tour is spooky and most appropriate for individuals twelve and older.

Before your tour, visit the Statehouse Museum Shop, where Halloween merchandise is 50% off in October. The sale applies to in-stock items only and does not include Statehouse Haunted Tour tickets. See Shop for details and exclusions.

For more information about the Haunted Statehouse Tours, visit or contact 614-728-4185. High resolution press images are available at .

(COLUMBUS, OH) — Members of the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) will meet Thursday, October 21, 2021 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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Paleontologist Mark Peter, ODNR Division of Geological Survey
(Columbus, OH)—The Ohio Statehouse will celebrate National Fossil Day, October 13, 2021 by offering a FREE fossil tour on Capitol Square. The special tour will take place Wednesday, Oct. 13 from noon until 1 p.m. Expert geologists will explore the limestone walls, stairs and columns that support the Ohio Statehouse. Visitors will discover fossils of ancient sea creatures.

The tour will start in the Map Room, located on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse. The tour will be conducted by Dale M. Gnidovic, Curator of the OSU Orton Geological Museum; Mike Angle, State Geologist at ODNR Division of Geological Survey; and Mark Peter, Paleontologist at ODNR Division of Geological Survey. While the event is free, participants are asked to RSVP to Katie Montgomery by Tuesday, Oct. 12 at or 614-728-3726.

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.

National Fossil Day is an annual celebration of geology. It occurs during Earth Science Week every year. These celebrations encourage young people to explore careers in earth science, and engage everyone in the importance of our resources and environment.

Photos are available on the Ohio Statehouse website.

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