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150th Anniversary Overview

As part of the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Ohio Statehouse, the Capitol Square Foundation was honored to bring Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin to Columbus on Wednesday, April 6, 2011.

At a public reception in the afternoon, Ms. Goodwin officially launched the Ohio Statehouse Museum’s online education curriculum, designed to serve as an important source of pre-and post-visit information to enrich visitors’ experience.

An evening event in the Atrium featured Doris Kearns Goodwin at her best: regaling, in fascinating detail, the connection between Abraham Lincoln and the Ohio Statehouse, and the impact still today of this great statesman.

It was an extraordinary day. Thanks to those of you who joined in this celebration and thanks to our generous 150th Anniversary sponsors:

Event Sponsors
American Electric Power
Dayton Power & Light
Dominion Foundation
Honda of America Mfg., Inc.
JP Morgan Chase
Nationwide Foundation

Table Sponsors

AK Steel • The Moses Family • The Honorable Stanley J. Aronoff • Motorists Insurance • AT&T• Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association • Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP• Ohio Telecom Association • Cardinal Health• The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants • CenturyLink• The Ohio State University • Chester Willcox & Saxbe, LLP• Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn • The Cincinnati Insurance Company• Squires, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP • Columbia Gas of Ohio• Strategic Health Group/SGI • The James M. Cox Foundation• Governor Robert Taft • The Honorable Jo Ann Davidson• Time Warner Cable • Frontier Communications• University of Dayton • Goettler Associates, Inc.• Verizon • Governmental Policy Group, Inc.• Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP • Huntington • Windstream Communications • KeyBank • The Honorable Neil F. Zimmers • Mills/James Creative Media • The Honorable Betty D. Montgomery

About the Ohio Statehouse Sesquicentennial

The people of Ohio will celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Ohio Statehouse throughout 2011. The Ohio Statehouse has served as the heart of Ohio democracy for the last 150 years. Throughout the state, the Ohio Statehouse stands as a symbol of the legislative and executive branches of state government, and the people of Ohio.

After 22 years of construction, the Ohio Statehouse was completed in 1861 at the beginning of the American Civil War. One hundred and fifty years later, the Ohio Statehouse continues to serve as heart of Ohio democracy.

The Statehouse is considered to be one of the most significant architectural accomplishments of the early republic. Its Greek Revival Doric architectural details and proportions give the impression of permanence, elegance and grandeur deserved by the original State Legislature who passed a law on January 26, 1838 to build the new Statehouse. Restored to its 1861 appearance, the Ohio Statehouse maintains its historic character as it continues to function as the center of state government in Ohio.

Throughout 2011, the Ohio Statehouse will host a variety of special events, re-enactments and exhibits to celebrate the sesquicentennial of our great Capitol Building. The events will commemorate the lasting legacy and history of the Ohio Statehouse. Through educational programs, public forums, arts projects and special events, the Ohio Statehouse Sesquicentennial will provide an opportunity for all Ohioans to learn about the history of the building, events and the people who have come to serve.

The Ohio Statehouse is more than a monument to our past; it's where history happens! The Ohio Statehouse is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed holidays. The Ohio Statehouse Museum is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; weekends from noon to 4 p.m.; closed holidays. Admission is free. Free guided tours are offered weekdays on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and weekends from noon to 3 p.m. Tours depart from the Map Room easily accessible from the Third Street entrance. Groups of 10 or more are requested to call in advance to ensure a guide is available. Contact 888/OHIO-123 for more information or to schedule a group tour. For more information about the Ohio Statehouse visit www.ohiostatehouse.org.

About the 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 the grand monument and its adjoining grounds, so that the seat of Ohio's government may reflect the dignity of the state and its citizens. Its flagship project, since 2006, has been the Enriching the Experience Campaign, created to establish the country’s first interactive educational museum in a statehouse building.

In November 2010, the Foundation completed the final phase of The Ohio Statehouse Museum. The Museum serves as a vibrant and relevant education resource for all who live and work in Ohio. With education at the heart of its programs, the Museum provides visitors with not just a one-time experience, but a complete educational experience that speaks to the role citizens in Ohio play in government and the importance of civic responsibility.

The Capitol Square Foundation has also awarded nearly 500 grants, to schools throughout Ohio, through its School Tour Grant Program. Funds were provided for students to visit and tour the Statehouse and the Statehouse Museum. Students from 60 counties in Ohio visited “the people’s house” in Columbus; for many, this was their first visit.

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