The Capitol Square Foundation is raising funds for a new painting at the Ohio Statehouse. Everyone is invited to donate for an artwork of Ohioans in Space. For details about your part in this monumental project, please visit ohcapitolsquarefoundation.org.
Artist Bill Hinsch has been commissioned to paint a picture honoring astronauts born in Ohio and the engineers and scientists who made space travel possible. The 9-foot by 12-foot oil painting will show the Earth, Moon and spacecrafts along with portraits of Ohioans. It will be the first painting created for the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda since 1957. Twenty-five NASA astronauts were born in our state, and many Ohioans have advanced space technology in supporting roles. The 9-foot by 12-foot oil painting will depict astronauts John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell and Judith Resnik, four of the Ohio astronauts noted for real firsts. An image of Flight Director Gene Kranz of Toledo represents the engineers and scientists without whom space travel would not be possible. Link to press release.
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The Capitol Square Foundation was established 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.
Projects supported by the Capitol Square Foundation have been the 1989-1996 Restoration of Capitol Square, Ladies’ Gallery, Cleisthenes bust, George Washington Williams Memorial, Great Ohioan Awards, Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center exhibits and much more.
Capitol Conversations is a program initiated by the Capitol Square Foundation to bring prominent national speakers to visit and lecture at the Ohio Statehouse.
In 2022, Susan Eisenhower, author of the book How Ike Led, gave an insightful, in-person presentation at the Ohio Statehouse in the Atrium. Details on future events, tickets and sponsorships are coming soon!
2021 was the 25th Anniversary of the Ohio Statehouse Restoration
Ohio Constitution exhibit and videos
The Capitol Square Foundation is proud of six new videos about the Ohio Constitution. Visit the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center to view the videos and pages from the Ohio Constitutions. Watch all six videos online here.