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The Capitol Square Foundation cordially invites you to

“We the People: A Conversation”

Political Analyst and Syndicated Journalist
Mark Shields and featuring

Former Ohio Governor Richard Celeste

Former Ohio Governor Bob Taft

Former Ohio House Speaker Jo Ann Davidson

Former Ohio Representative Michael F. Curtin

at the

Ohio Statehouse


Statehood Day – March 1, 2017

4:30-5:30 p.m.: Reception
5:45-7:15 p.m.: Public announcement
of the Enriching the Experience II Campaign

Panel Discussion
“We the People: A Conversation”
The importance and relevance of civics education and participation in the democratic process

Individual tickets: $150 per person
Sponsorships with additional benefits are available at the $25,000, $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 levels. For more information, please call the Capital Square Foundation at 614.221.5825

Please RSVP by Friday, February 24, 2017 to Karla

Enriching the Experience

The Ohio Statehouse is a major attraction worthy of continued development and improvement.

The Capitol Square Foundation is uniquely positioned to lead this important campaign to Enrich the Experience - working in partnership with the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, Ohio legislators, and leading cultural and educational institutions. This program is the next step toward realizing the vast potential of the Ohio Statehouse as an outstanding public resource for all!

In March of 2006 the Capitol Square Foundation announced its capital campaign to Enrich the Experience at the Ohio Statehouse. The multi year campaign seeks to raise 2.75 million dollars. The Foundation is uniquely positioned to lead this important campaign working in partnership with the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB), Ohio legislators and leading cultural and educational institutions. This program is the next step toward realizing the vast potential of the Ohio Statehouse as an outstanding public resource for all.

In July of 2006 the CSRAB chose Hilferty & Associates, an Ohio museum design firm, to create the conceptual designs for the new Visitors and Education Center. Hilferty & Associates worked with legislators, staff and visitors to explore ways to meet the needs of those in the Statehouse every day and to create a multi media experience that will keep people coming back to visit again and again. The conceptual designs were revealed on March 13, 2007 at a press conference outside the Map Room in the crypt of the Statehouse. The event also celebrated the corporate sponsors who have contributed lead gifts of more than $1.3 million to this exciting project. These sponsors are :

Lead Sponsors
AT&T Foundation, Altria, American Electric Power, American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, Battelle, Capitol Square Foundation Board of Directors, Cardinal Health Foundation, The Cleveland Foundation, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc., The Columbus Foundation, Credit Union of Ohio, Dayton Power & Light Company, Dominion Foundation, Duke Energy Ohio, FirstEnergy, Honda of America Mfg. Inc., Huntington Bank, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Limited Brands Foundation, Carl Lindner Foundation, Longaberger Foundation, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Lobbying Association, Time Warner Cable, Verizon Foundation, Wal-Mart Foundation, The Wolfe Foundation

Partner Donors
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP, Sean P. Dunn & Associates, Grange Insurance, KeyBank, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray, Ohio Auditor of State Mary Taylor, CPA, Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Telecom Association, Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn, Success Group, Squire Sanders Dempsey, LLC Thompson Hine LLP, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Paul Werth Associates, Senator and Mrs. Doug White

Visitors and Education Center Exhibit Development
Exhibit technology and development The present historical exhibits at the Statehouse consist primarily of static artifacts, graphics, and descriptive text. Using contemporary electronic media, including DVD and flat-screen projection, it will be possible to greatly enhance the content and impact of these exhibits. Other priorities include using interactive exhibits and changing the content regularly to encourage return visits. Working with an accomplished design firm based in Athens, Ohio - Hilferty and Associates - the Capitol Square Foundation seeks to create an immersive visitor experience that is educational, dynamic and just plain fun.

The Salmon P. Chase Education Center
Salmon P. Chase was the first Governor to occupy the new Ohio Statehouse when he took office in 1855. Chase was a prominent Cincinnati attorney and a leader in the anti-slavery movement. Before and after his two terms as Governor, he served in the Ohio Senate. In 1861, President Lincoln appointed Chase his Secretary of the Treasury. In that capacity, Chase faced the daunting task of financing the Civil War. In the process, he organized the internal revenue and national banking systems, and established a stable and uniform national currency. Chase also helped to draft the Emancipation Proclamation. To round out his distinguished career, he served as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. In recognition of this outstanding Ohioan, the ground floor classroom of the Statehouse has been designated the Salmon P. Chase Education Center. Soon, this classroom will be expanded to allow more visitors to enjoy the first step of their Statehouse experience, their welcoming.

The Ladies' Gallery
In 1922, Ohioans elected to the General Assembly the state's first two female senators and its first four female representatives. The Ladies' Gallery at the Statehouse will honor the many accomplishments of Ohio's women legislators since then. The project is being lead by several past and present women elected officials. With initial support by a number of business and community leaders, plans to pay tribute to the women who influence public policy are already under way.

Great Ohioans
To understand what it means to be a proud Ohioan, we must educate the nation and the world as to the scope and magnitude of the contributions made by great Ohioans - inventors, industrialists, authors, U.S. Presidents and more. This will be the focus of the Great Ohioans exhibit. Using criteria established by the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board and Capital Square Foundation, each year, a limited number of inductees will be honored at a special Great Ohioans event. The first Great Ohioans to be honored were the Wright brothers and John Glenn.

Educational Programs
Enhancement of tours From students to senior groups, there is a growing demand for interpretive tours of the Statehouse. Last year, the visitors included classes from every county in Ohio. To meet the increased demand, additional docents need to be recruited and trained. Historic costumes, which have proven popular with visitors, need to be acquired and maintained.

Support for school visits
To ensure an active, well-informed populace and safeguard our democracy, nothing is more vital than educating our youth in citizenship. Although the Ohio Statehouse is a very popular destination for school groups, many districts lack the resources to send students to Columbus for a day. For many of these students, a Statehouse visit would be an especially meaningful and memorable experience - and a modest endowment fund would make that possible.

Meanwhile, the Foundation will continue to seek innovative ways of attracting students to the Ohio Statehouse. Retiring legislators, for example, will be asked to consider contributing any remaining campaign funds to support visits by school groups from their districts. The first such contribution has already been received.

Fine Art Collections
Over the years, a substantial art collection has accumulated at the Ohio Statehouse. The paintings, sculptures, and other items, many of them donated, are currently worth more than $20 million. Much of the art has been exhibited, and some of it has received little maintenance. Important items already restored with Foundation assistance include "Dawn of a New Light," Howard Chandler Christy's dramatic portrait of Ohio native Thomas Edison; "Perry's Victory," William Powell's depiction of the decisive naval battle on Lake Erie during the War of 1812; and "Lincoln-Vicksburg Memorial," Thomas D. Jones' tribute to the fallen President and Civil War soldiers; and the Wright brothers' portrait. A dedicated endowment could provide for the professional services required to restore and preserve the best of the Capitol collection, and to mount periodic exhibits. Endowment income could also be used to commission, on behalf of the Statehouse, portraits of distinguished Ohioans or important events in Ohio history - a practice that ceased, for no particular reason, over half a century ago! Ohio, of course, has produced many outstanding artists - including George Bellows, Alice Schille, and others who are less widely known, but equally respected. In the future, endowment income might be used to expand the collection - adding, for example, landscapes evoking life in Ohio in the 19th century.

What more is possible?
The completion of these projects will provide a basis for the future development of the Statehouse as a public resource. For example, the Capitol Square Foundation could provide non-partisan, civic education and public policy programs (lectures, seminars, etc.) for legislators, as well as the public. One possibility that has been discussed is a partnership with the Ohio Legislative Service Commission and a consortium of university programs to produce educational materials on Ohio for the benefit of new legislators. Both The Ohio State University and the Ohio Historical Society have extensive collections of Ohio artifacts, as well as professional expertise in preservation and presentation - which will contribute to the creation of future exhibits at the Statehouse. The Historical Society alone has over 800,000 objects, most of which have never been exhibited. These include weapons, Civil War battle flags, and military uniforms from every conflict in which Ohioans have participated, including the Native American wars. Other collections include political memorabilia, furniture, pottery, glassware, agricultural equipment, and household appliances. Beyond this, there are millions of geological, botanical and zoological specimens, as well as Native American artifacts!

The possibilities are endless. Additionally, we believe increasing the dynamics of the Statehouse exhibits will encourage visitors to explore the collections of other institutions in the surrounding area.

The Ohio Statehouse is in fact a major civic, cultural, and educational resource that already attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. By Enriching the Experience of its visitors, the Statehouse will become a special place for all Ohioans for generations to come.
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