Nominate a Great Ohioan
(Columbus, Ohio) – The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation (CSF) announce that the nomination process for the 2024 “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 Sunday, December 3, 2023.

The list of Great Ohioans includes 59 people with notable achievements. Neil Armstrong, Toni Morrison and Judith Resnik are among the names of those who made their mark in our history. An exhibit at the Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center lets visitors learn about the recipients of the Great Ohioan award and discover how they affected local, national and world history. The display uses videos, facts and photos 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

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South Light Court Elevator
Two elevators in the Ohio Statehouse will be closed for modernization. The work will continue for several months.

South Light Court Elevator Closed

The elevator in the South Light Court will be closed beginning October 18 for construction. The stairs will remain open to the public for several months during the project.

For elevator access to the House of Representatives and the House Clerk’s office, please follow signage to the south elevator near the Map Room and Atrium. On the second floor, turn right and enter the House Chamber. A member of the House Sergeant-at-arms team will be available for assistance in the House Chamber.

South Entrance Elevator Closed

Next week, the southwest elevator leading to and from the parking garage sliding doors will be closed for renovations from October 24 through the month of November.

Those who require elevator access may use the northwest elevator near the revolving doors to and from the parking garage. Visitors in the garage without ID badges may use the intercom to call the Ohio State Highway Patrol for security check and entrance to the Ohio Statehouse.

If you have questions, please contact the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board office at 614-752-9777.


(COLUMBUS, OH) — The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) canceled the meeting scheduled for October 19, 2023 at the Ohio Statehouse. When the board meeting is rescheduled, the new time and date will be announced by press release and on the website,

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Half-staff flags at the Ohio Statehouse
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—In response to the unprovoked attack and invasion of Israel, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered the flags of the United States and the State of Ohio to be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio.

The order will be in effect from sunrise October 10, 2023 until sunset on October 12, 2023.

Dale Gnidovec leads a tour
(Columbus, OH)—The Ohio Statehouse will celebrate National Fossil Day, October 11, 2023 by offering a FREE fossil tour on Capitol Square. The special tour will take place Wednesday, Oct. 11 from noon until 1:30 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 Worthington Center, located on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse. The tour will be conducted by Dale M. Gnidovec, Curator of the OSU Orton Geological Museum 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. 10 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.

This tour is one of many activities during Earth Science Week in Ohio. The website for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources lists more fun activities and events for families and friends.

Photos are available on the Ohio Statehouse website.


File Photo - Ohio Statehouse
In accordance with the orders issued by the President of the United States of America and Ohio Governor DeWine, in honoring the life and service of Senator Dianne Feinstein, all U.S. and Ohio flags be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the state.
The order will be in effect from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, October 5, 2023.

Cannon firing in downtown Columbus
Please be informed that a Civil War-era cannon will be fired from the West Plaza of the Ohio Statehouse Tuesday, September 26, 2023. This will be done as part of the vintage base ball game. The event is free and open to the public. The Paddy Wagon food truck will be at the corner of High Street and State Street at 5:30 p.m.

Civil War cannon firing demonstrations are scheduled to take place in the evening between 5:25 and 8 p.m. The Statehouse cannon may fire a maximum of three times during the event.

As these sounds can be startling, we wish to give advance notice to everyone working on and near Capitol Square. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Rupert at 614-728-4185.

Capitol Cannons vs. Ohio Village Muffins and Lady Diamonds
Columbus, OH– On Tuesday, September 26, the Ohio Village Muffins and Lady Diamonds will face off against the Capitol Cannons, state senators and representatives, in an old-fashioned game of “base ball.” The match will go from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Statehouse’s West Lawn, and it is free and open to the public.

Before and after the two teams square off to win the Richard Schuricht Memorial Cup, the Statehouse’s 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A will provide cannon firing demonstrations. History displays and concessions will also be available to the public.

This exhibition game includes rules and regulations from the 1860s that Abe Lincoln himself witnessed, so some of them might appear unusual. There are a few major differences between “base ball” and baseball that the audience should be aware of:

· The ball is pitched underhand from anywhere behind the pitcher’s line.
· If a ball is hit and caught on a bounce, it is an out.
· Base runners may not steal nor slide foot-first.

Come watch the seven-inning affair, enjoy an outdoor meal and witness cannon firings all in one night. Food and beverages will be available from the Paddy Wagon food truck and Milo’s catering.

To view photos of the 2021 “base ball” match, visit Vintage Base Ball 2021.

About the Ohio Village Muffins and Vintage “Base Ball”

Formed in 1981, the Ohio Village Muffins were the first vintage “base ball” team in the United States to play a set schedule of games. They also hosted the initial meeting of the Vintage Base Ball Association (VBBA). The uniforms are standard to the 1860s: plain pants, a white shirt with a bright shield containing the team emblem, a vintage cap, a leather belt and a red tie. Recreational activities for men and women, especially “base ball,” were becoming more ingrained in American society during the middle of the 19th century, so the Muffins represent a changing America. They highlight a game that would transcend all others and become America’s favorite pastime.

Support for this public event is provided by the Ohio Lobbying Association, the Ohio Village Muffins and Lady Diamonds, and the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A.

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