Statehood Day March 1, 2022
Mar. 01 2022

Join us to advocate for Ohio history!

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Ohio Statehood Day

Tues., Mar. 1, 2022 • Ohio Statehouse

Join fellow history lovers at the Ohio Statehouse to commemorate Ohio’s birthday—and to advocate for Ohio History.

In commemoration of Ohio’s founding, we and our partners invite you to join a broad coalition of history advocates for our annual Statehood Day event. The state’s birthday serves as an appropriate time each year for history advocates to come together 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!


10:00 a.m.          Coffee and registration

10:15 a.m           Morning Program
Brief welcome by Todd Kleismit, Ohio History Connection

10:30 a.m.          Ohio History Fund Grant Winners Announced

10:55 a.m.          Ohio History Leadership Award Recipient Announced
U.S. Senator Rob Portman

11:05 a.m.          Legislative Priorities Announced

11:30 a.m.          Statehood Day Remarks
John Dichtl, President/CEO of American Association for State and Local History

Noon                   Introducing the Ohio Commission for the U.S. Semiquincentennial

12:30 p.m.           Conclusion

1:00 p.m.             Optional Statehouse tour available

Attendees are encouraged to schedule legislative meetings following the event.
Please wear a mask and follow COVID protocols during the event.

2022 Legislative Priorities 

For more information on Statehood Day, check out our FAQ page.

Admission is free, but tickets are limited and advance registration is required. Registration for this event is closed

If you are unable to attend the event in person or were not able to reserve a ticket, you can still watch the program. Statehood Day will be live streamed at

We ask that you try to schedule a meeting with your state representative and/or state senator the week of March 1.

  • Find a directory of Ohio House members by clicking here.
  • Find a directory of state senators by clicking here.

We suggest you call or email your locally-elected representative/senator today to schedule a time to meet on or during the week of March 1. If you need guidance or have questions about doing this effectively, please feel free to reach out to Todd Kleismit, the Ohio History Connection’s director of community and government relations, at [email protected].

If you have further questions about Statehood Day, check out our FAQ.

Partner Organizations

Statehood Day is a joint effort among the Ohio History Connection, Heritage 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 Board, the Ohio Museums Association, Ohio Humanities, Preservation Ohio, the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Ohio Council for Social Studies, Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board and the Society of Ohio Archivists.

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