Statehood Day

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ohio Statehouse Atrium

Register today for the March 4 Statehood Day event




Help Influence Ohio History – Join Us For Statehood Day

Ohio's first constitution was approved by Congress, and then signed by President Thomas Jefferson on Feb. 19, 1803. By then, the January elections had been held, with the mild-mannered doctor and legislator Edward Tiffin – Thomas Worthington’s brother-in-law – elected governor. Official "state" business was conducted for the first time on March 1, 1803, when Tiffin and members of the first Ohio General Assembly convened in Chillicothe.

In commemoration of Ohio’s founding, the Ohio History Connection and its partners invite you to join a broad coalition of history advocates for its annual Statehood Day event. The state’s birthday serves as an appropriate time each year for history advocates to come together (on or near March 1) to help showcase the importance of Ohio’s history and how history, historic preservation and the organizations that help provide access to Ohio’s rich history benefit the Buckeye State. Statehood Day is a celebration of Ohio and its history, as well as a legislative advocacy event.

Registration is now open. If you need help determining who your elected officials are, please check here online. If you would like for a legislative visit to be scheduled for you, even as part of a group, please e-mail your request here. If you have specific questions, please call 614.297.2355.

How to meet with your local legislator

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Click here for the 2015 Statehood Day legislative priorities.

Statehood Day 2015 Agenda:
9:00 Registration and coffee

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Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Akron)

9:30 Welcoming remarks and call to action
10:00 - Noon Meet with your state legislators (please schedule a 20-minute meeting with your local legislators by calling their office by early or mid-February)
Noon Lunch at Statehouse Atrium
12:30 Lunchtime remarks from keynote speaker: TourismOhio Director Mary Cusick
1:00 Presentation of Ohio History Leadership Award to State Sen. Frank LaRose
1:15 Announcement of History Fund grant awards

* An optional Statehouse tour will be available at 2:00.

* You may also schedule any legislative appointment(s) in the afternoon, if preferred.* Parking is available in the Statehouse parking garage. Please choose a nearby parking lot or garage if the Statehouse garage is full.

Statehood Day is a joint effort among the Ohio History ConnectionHeritage Ohio, the Ohio Academy of History, the Ohio Archaeological Council, the Ohio Local History Alliance, the Ohio Travel Association, the Capitol Square Review and Advisory BoardOhio Historical Records Advisory BoardPreservation Ohiothe Ohio Genealogical Societythe Ohio Council for Social Studies, and the Society of Ohio Archivists.