Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Ohio Statehouse Atrium
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 Historical Society 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.
Please register by clicking here to join us for Statehood Day 2013 at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday, February 27. Registration through Wednesday, February 20 (extended from Feb. 15) is $25. After registering, please contact your state representative and/or state senator to meet with them in the afternoon. If you need help determining who your elected officials are, please visit http://capwiz.com/ohiohistory/home. 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.
Click here to view the Statehood Day Legislative Priorities.
Statehood Day 2013 Agenda:
9:30 am Registration and coffee
10:00 Brief welcoming remarks
10:15 Announcement of Ohio History Fund grant awards
11:00 Remarks from keynote speaker: Ohio House Speaker William Batchelder
11:30 Overview of Statehood Day legislative priorities
1:00 Legislative visits (please schedule appointments well in advance)
* An optional Statehouse tour will be available at 2:00.
* Parking is available in the Statehouse parking garage. Please choose a nearby parking lot or garage if the Statehouse garage is full.
* Statehood Day concludes following your legislative appointments.
Statehood Day is a joint effort among the Ohio Historical Society, Heritage Ohio, the Ohio Academy of History, the Ohio Archaeological Council, the Ohio Local History Alliance, the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board, Preservation Ohio, the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Ohio Council for Social Studies, and the Society of Ohio Archivists.