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Ohio Statehouse set to celebrate its sesquicentennial

After 22 years of construction, the Ohio Statehouse was completed in 1861 at the beginning of the American Civil War. One hundred and 50 years later, the Ohio Statehouse continues to serve as heart of Ohio democracy.

Special events for 150th anniversary planned throughout 2011

COLUMBUS — 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 past 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 50 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 Jan. 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.

Scheduled events and educational opportunities include:

Ohio Statehouse Adorned in Patriotic Bunting

Ohio Statehouse, Broad & High Streets; downtown Columbus

Red, white and blue patriotic bunting will adorn the west columns of the Ohio Statehouse throughout 2011. The bunting will draw attention to the significance of the Statehouse’s year-long sesquicentennial celebration.

Ohio Statehouse Creativity Challenge and Online Gallery

The 150th anniversary of the Ohio Statehouse is an opportunity for students K-12 to demonstrate their creativity by participating in the celebration. Students across Ohio have the opportunity to create a work of art based on the theme, “Picture Yourself at the People’s House.” Every work of art will be highlighted online at www.OhioStatehouse.org, and a rotating exhibit will feature a variety of submissions each month throughout the year-long celebration. Detailed information is available at www.OhioStatehouse.org.

Statehouse Museum Shop Commemorative Merchandise Available

January through December; Statehouse Museum Shop, Broad & High Streets; downtown Columbus

The Statehouse Museum Shop will unveil Ohio Statehouse Sesquicentennial merchandise to commemorate the year-long sesquicentennial celebration. Merchandise is also available at www.statehouseshop.com.

Grande Winter Ball

Jan. 29; 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.; Ohio Statehouse Atrium, Broad & High Streets; downtown Columbus

Individuals of all ages are invited to attend the Grande Winter Ball hosted by Civil War re-enactors, 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A. Come dance or watch. Learn how to reel or waltz. Dress in attire of the Civil War period or come as you are. This event highlights the time period in which the Statehouse was first constructed.

The event is free; due to limited space an online registration is required at www.ohiostatehouse.org.

Black History Month at the Ohio Statehouse

Feb. 1 – 28; Ohio Statehouse, Broad and High Streets; downtown Columbus

The Ohio Statehouse will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a special display, free historical performances each Tuesday at noon and special tours of the George Washington Williams Room. Visitors can also enjoy a special soul food menu at the Capitol Cafe each Wednesday in February.

Special Black History Month

exhibition

Through Feb. 28,; Map Room

Living history programs featuring interpreters portraying prominent historical African Americans; Each Tuesday; February 1, 8, 15, 22.