Statehood Day

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ohio Statehouse Atrium

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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 closed. If you need help determining who your elected officials are, please visit 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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Statehood Day 2014 Legislative Priorities


Statehood Day 2014 Agenda:
9:00 Registration and coffee Erin Moriarty
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 February)
Noon Lunch at Statehouse Atrium
12:30 Remarks from keynote speaker: Ohio native Erin Moriarty of CBS News
1:00 Announcement of Ohio History Fund grant awards
1:30 Presentation of Ohio History Leadership Award to State Sen. Randy Gardner


* 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.

* You may also schedule any legislative appointment(s) in the afternoon, if preferred.

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 Historical Records Advisory BoardPreservation Ohiothe Ohio Genealogical Societythe Ohio Council for Social Studies, and the Society of Ohio Archivists.